Family Fun Day in aid of Remember My Baby

A year before I applied, I knew I wanted to be a photographer with the incredible charity Remember My Baby. The charity works with volunteer photographers throughout the UK to provide remembrance photography for families that have sadly lost their baby before, during or shortly after birth. I couldn’t think of a better way for my photography services to be used to benefit others.

It took me a year to gain the strength to apply. Through talking to friends who had tragically lost babies, researching the charity and running my business photographing newborn babies I finally felt ready to apply to be a volunteer. Soon after, I was accepted and I didn’t think my services would be needed right away so I started to plan an event to raise money for the charity, and also to increase awareness of memory making services available to bereaved families such as the photography offered by Remember My Baby.

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Since becoming a volunteer on 14th February 2019 I have been given the tremendous honour of photographing the beautiful babies of three families just in Lincoln Hospital alone. There is a need for our services in hospitals and funeral homes throughout the UK every single day, which is truly heart breaking. It is without a doubt the hardest thing I’ve ever done, but that doesn’t compare to the devastation experienced by the families, and if I can offer some small comfort in the darkest of times then it is my honour to be able to do so.

The family event I have planned brings together all of my favourite local businesses that I have worked with in my own Branston-based photography business to provide local families with a fun day for them and their children to raise lots of money for the charity, which is entirely volunteer led.

How will your donations help the charity?

Each family that has their baby or babies photographed by Remember My Baby receives a beautifully wrapped USB with their images on. These USBs cost £5 each so by donating £5 or more you are gifting another family memories to treasure for a lifetime. Remember My Baby relies on donations to fund the ongoing daily operations of the charity allowing us to provide this service to bereaved families throughout the UK.

What can I do to donate on the day?

Children will be able to have their faces painted by Lollipops and hair-styled by Pretty In Pink, Mums will be able to shop for gorgeous clothing from Laurella Mama and have mini massages with Baby & Me! There will be lots of games to play on the stands, gifts to buy and prizes to win as well as a soft play area from Holly Tree Soft Play for the little ones and an inflatable mini football pitch for the bigger ones from Kixx Lincoln!

Enjoy a coffee or tea with yummy cakes from So Sweet, find out about your local baby and child classes from Hartbeeps, Baby Ballet and Dinky Dolphins and talk all things nails with ElAr nails! If you are in need of a health and wellbeing check be sure to visit Life by Danielle Louise and for all things beauty, including on the day eyebrow waxing, you must pay Inspire Beauty a visit! Take home the most perfect crocheted gifts for babies and children from The Woolly Crafter and for beautiful children’s clothing and handprint jewellery don’t miss A Life Of Charm!

Each stand is donating a % of their takings on the day from 15% up to 100% and all details will be available individually on each stand so you know exactly where your money is going!

There is an exciting raffle that will be drawn towards the end of the event (you must stay at the event to win your prize, if a number is called and no-one comes forward another ticket will be drawn for that prize) with incredible prizes from lots of local business and eateries and some great prizes from the wonderful businesses exhibiting and lots more too! If you like the sound of massage (both baby and adult), a spa experience for two, cakes, gifts, parties, clothes, toiletries and alcohol and so much more you don’t want to miss this!

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Raffle tickets will be £5 a strip or £1 per ticket with all money raised going to the charity. If you are among the first 50 to arrive, you will receive a goody bag with some fantastic treats, including one ticket for the raffle to get you started!

I will also have a photo studio on the day with an incredible backdrop provided by Party Planet which will be themed to celebrate the charity’s colours and completely unique for this event – come and see!

Each stand will have a way of raising money for the charity so start saving those £1 coins and come and see us at Branston Village Hall at 11am on Sunday 9th June at 11am!

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For all the details on every raffle prize, the exhibitors and more pop over to the event page on facebook and let me know you will be there by clicking here - take me to the event!

Ali Harris