TO create awareness about baby loss, a unique remote 5K walk named ‘Aveer’s Footprints’ will be held on 17 May 2020. The event is being held to raise fund for the charity Sands (www.sands.org.uk).
Selina Goyal, who lost her baby in January this year, is organising the event. So far, 100 people have registered to do the walk in their areas. The Hemraj Goyal Foundation is supporting the event and will match fund all the money raised, a statement said.
“Aveer was my son whom I delivered on 19 January. At 36 weeks, my husband and I were devastated to find out that our baby had a brain abnormality which would lead to severe mental suffering in the unlikely event that if at all he would survive. We were advised a termination would be in the best interest of our baby rather than put him through a lifetime of suffering,” said Ms Goyal.
“We also want to bring to light baby loss awareness which is often considered as a taboo and not discussed openly in the Asian community. From what I have experienced, people often feel if they bring up the discussion on the loss of Aveer, it will remind me of the pain. With baby loss – people shy away from the topic more so than any other loss.”
She urges the bereaved parents to talk about the love for their baby to help with the healing, no matter how long that young life lasted.
Founded in in 1978, Sands is a UK charity that works across the country to support anyone affected by the death of a baby, improve the care bereaved parents receive from health care and other professionals and reduce the number of babies who do die by funding research and working closely with other organisations to create a world where fewer babies die.