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Warrington & Halton Hospital’s bereavement service for families who experience loss during pregnancy, birth and neonatal was nominated for the fourth year running at the annual Butterfly Awards. The awards, which have only been running for the last four years, celebrate survivors and champions of baby loss and aim to bring more awareness to the topic.

Tuxedos and Tears

The awards ceremony itself was a magical evening full of heartwarming, inspiring and tear-jerking moments. A black tie affair at Bank House Hotel Spa and Golf Club in Worcester, everyone got dressed up to the nines and enjoyed a beautiful dinner before seeing all the award winners being announced.

The Warrington Hospital bereavement service had previously received a special recognition award back in 2014, which was a true honour considering we were already thrilled just for being nominated.

Warrington’s Shining Star

Bereavement support coordinator Debbie Yates, who works within our bereavement service, also received individual nominations from the families that she has supported over the years. This is also her fourth year in a row of being nominated for an award.

Debbie commented:

“I am truly touched that the Trust and I have been nominated every year of the awards to date by our families. There are so many unsung heroes within our trust that work to support and care for families and staff during this emotional journey and it is humbling to be nominated for that.

“The Butterfly Awards are an important step in raising awareness to the care and support available to families sadly experiencing baby bereavement.” None of the work that we do would be possible without extraordinary members of our team like Debbie, who work hard to provide a service that is so important to many people.

The 2017 awards ceremony is set to be even bigger than the last, with over 300 people expected to attend. We advise anyone attending to have a healthy supply of tissues at the ready!

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