“For the Love of Lewis” is a remarkable fundraising journey undertaken by Andrew and Georgie Peden, devoted parents of Lewis, who sadly passed away in November of last year.
Inspired by their love for their son and driven by a desire to support others in similar circumstances, Andrew and Georgie have embarked on a mission to raise funds and gift a Cuddle Blanket to the dedicated Dumfries and Galloway Paediatric Team.
The team at DGRI has already established a bereavement department, fully equipped to coordinate and mobilize the Cuddle Blanket as necessary.
Andrew and Georgie have embarked on an ambitious mission with a target of £11,000. Their goal is to raise £5,500 for a Cuddle Blanket to be provided to the Dumfries and Galloway Paediatric Team, while the remaining £5,500 will be contributed to CHAS (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland). Through their dedicated efforts, they aim to make a significant impact and provide vital support to families in need.
A series of challenging walks have been planned, featuring the ascent of Ben Nevis, a 21-mile Kilt Walk, and a remarkable trek through the Sahara Desert.
What is a Cuddle Blanket? Providing Comfort and Support in Times of Loss
Georgie said “Thanks to the brilliant work of charities such as Sands who have been moving mountains over the last few years, huge leaps have been made in raising awareness of miscarriage, stillbirth and infant loss while removing the stigma of talking about such heart-breaking losses. As such many people will already be aware of the term ‘Cuddle Cot’ which is a piece of equipment that helps preserve a baby’s condition, appearance and dignity thus allowing a family to spend as much time as possible with them at a time when every single moment counts.”
“Sadly, older children die too, but thankfully a similar piece of equipment exists. A Cuddle Blanket is set up slightly differently to a Cuddle Cot, being a larger piece of equipment, it is suitable for children from 18 months up to adulthood.
“It can be set up in a very discreet way allowing a family to spend precious time with their child in a comfortable, peaceful environment such as their own bedroom, in their own bed.”
Giving the Gift of Time: Enhancing Support and Care
Georgie continued: “It is phenomenal to know that over 90 percent of hospitals, maternity and birthing units across the United Kingdom have at least one Cuddle Cot available should the need arise. I am saddened that I have been unable to find a statistic on how many Cuddle Blankets might be available. Donating today, no matter how small, will help us reach our target of £5500 to allow us to gift a Cuddle Blanket to the Dumfries and Galloway Paediatric Team who through dedication and hard work, already have a designated bereavement team set up and ready to coordinate and mobilise the blanket as necessary.”
“Having this special piece of equipment available in the region will give the gift of time to any family who finds themselves in the heart-breaking position of needing it. Time where their child, once passed, would not have to be taken immediately to a morgue or funeral home but instead could stay in a hospital ward or even at home allowing the family to move things forward in their own time, at their own pace.”
Community Support: Rallying Behind “For the Love of Lewis”
The local community has shown remarkable support for the “For the Love of Lewis” fundraising campaign. People from all walks of life have come together, recognizing the importance of this cause and the impact it can have on grieving families. The Pedens have already achieved significant progress, reaching nearly 25% of their fundraising target, thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of the community.
How You Can Contribute: Making a Difference Together
As the “For the Love of Lewis” campaign continues its journey, your support is crucial to its success.
Every contribution, no matter how small, brings Andrew and Georgie one step closer to their goal. By donating to the campaign, you can play a part in gifting a Cuddle Blanket to the Dumfries and Galloway Paediatric Team, enabling them to provide the invaluable gift of time to families in need during the most challenging times of their lives.
You can follow Andrew and Georgie’s progress walks and learn a lot more about Lewis, at their For The Love of Lewis Facebook Page page for the love of Lewis.