Coronation Street actress and former popstar Kym Marsh is helping launch a new set of awards focusing on nurses and midwives involved in bereavement care for the parents of babies that have died.
Ms Marsh, who rose to prominence after winning a place in the group Hear’Say on the Popstars TV show, has joined with the bereavement care charity the Mariposa Trust to launch the new awards.
“We are looking for a midwife who has excelled in the level of compassion they have shown”
They are looking for midwives, nurses, bereavement midwives and others who have “gone above and beyond in the care and support that they have provided for people who have experienced baby loss”.
Three Mariposa Awards categories are now open to public nomination and votes. They are the Archie Award, the Compassion Award and the Community Award.
The Archie Award, in memory of Ms Marsh’s son Archie who died during pregnancy, is for a midwife who has gone above and beyond in the level of care they have provided.
Ms Marsh, who is one of the charity’s ambassadors, said: “When I sadly lost my precious son Archie during pregnancy, the medical team provided a lifeline of care.
“In Archie’s memory, we are looking for a midwife who has excelled in the level of compassion they have shown,” she said.
In addition, the Compassion Award section will look to honour a health professional who has shown “genuine care and compassion” for a patient who has suffered baby loss.
Meanwhile, the Community Award is for someone in the community who has supported someone through baby loss, noted the charity.
It said this person could be a health professional, community worker, social worker, member of clergy, teacher or a member of the public who has “truly got alongside and supported someone through their loss and grief”.
The charity said it would also be giving awards to a Corporate Hero, a company that has donated to it financially or in kind, and to a Volunteer Hero, who has positively impacted on the charity’s work.
The winners of the awards will be unveiled at the charities flagship ball held at the Savoy Hotel in London on the 28 April 2018, with shortlisted finalists attending on the night.
Those wishing to nominate someone for one of the three categories should visit the Mariposa Awards website.
They can also email email@example.com with their contact details, the relevant awards category, name and contact details for the nominee, and a description of why they should win in less than 500 words.
Nominations close at 5pm on the 29th March 2018, and the shortlist will be announced on the 9th April 2018.
The Mariposa Trust, often known by the name of its main service Saying Goodbye, provides support globally to over 50,000 people each week who have experienced or been affected by baby loss.
As well as Saying Goodbye, which provides support for anyone who has suffered baby loss, its other services include GrowingYou, Holding Hope, Waiting for You, So Cherished and Love in Every Tear.
It highlighted statistics for baby loss showing that around one in four pregnancies end in loss, with around 250,000 miscarriages, and round 7,000 stillbirths, neonatal and early years losses each year in the UK.