Cambrian News photographer - Louise Evans and two-year-old daughter Nansi (inset); Louise would like to raise money to buy a cuddle cot like this one, which can be used to give grieving families extra time with their baby

A GRIEVING Aberystwyth woman who suffered the tragedy of delivering a stillborn son is raising money for a special cot to help other bereaved parents.

The Cambrian News reported “Louise Evans, a funeral director from Penparcau, has raised almost £400 towards a ‘cuddle cot’ which can be used to give grieving parents extra time to say goodbye.

“I didn’t have the opportunity to use one when I lost my son,” Louise said, “so I thought it would be nice to help someone else.”

Louise, 35, and her partner, Gareth Jenkins, lost their son George in 2005.

“It was a full-term stillbirth,” Louise explained.

“My waters broke but doctors told me my baby had died. They said I should get someone to bring a camera to the hospital to take pictures of my baby, but I said I didn’t want to see or hold him when he was born, let alone take photographs.

“But once he was here everything changed and we wanted to spend as much time with him as possible.”

Unfortunately that was only two hours, and they were spent at Bronglais Hospital where George was born.

A cuddle cot – a refrigerated unit in a Moses basket – can be used anywhere, so Louise and Gareth could have taken their baby home for a while before laying him to rest” here.

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