A Sussex mother who lost her baby son and set up a charity in his memory is planning to expand its operation after little more than six months of being in existence.
Gemma Kybert, who lectures at Haywards Heath College, started Oscar’s Wish Foundation in February after the birth of her stillborn son Oscar in November last year.
The foundation, based in South Chailey, is staffed by bereaved parents and family members and offers resources, information and support to those who have experienced the loss of a baby before, during or shortly after birth.
Gemma said: “I sat on the maternity floor at Brighton hospital at 2am after giving birth at 00.40am, cradling the most precious and beautiful little boy in my arms.
“I knew there and then my life was about to take a different journey. Not the journey I should have been on, due to factors beyond on my control.”
In six months, the charity has already been involved in fundraising events including the London to Brighton cycle race and the Brighton Marathon, and in 2015 alone and has raised more than £1,500.
Gemma said: “I needed to do something, I needed to help others. This is one of the charity’s aims, supporting parents explain to their children, siblings and family members that the precious bump they have watched grow, the baby in mummy’s tummy, will not be able to grow up with them. It is truly heartbreaking.”
Looking ahead to 2016, the charity is planning to hold a ball and award ceremony in the spring, while the foundation team continue editing their second awareness film.
Gemma said: “Filming has been tough as every scene reminds me what I am missing, what we as a family have been through and what up to 17 families a day are currently experiencing too.”
Visit www.oscarswishfoundation.co.uk for details.
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