AN EXPECTANT mother left devastated after her son was delivered stillborn is raising money in a bid to help others who have suffered similar tragedies.
The life of Lucy Brookes and her family was “turned upside down” last June when her precious baby boy died while she was still carrying him.
The 33-year-old, from Matlock, was forced to endure an agonising 18-hour labour to give birth to Harry, and admits his death is still very painful.
But Lucy, who is 30-weeks pregnant again with a baby boy, is taking positive steps by raising money for the Chesterfield branch of Sands, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.
She is hoping to raise enough to publish a series of poems she penned while struggling to come to terms with Harry’s death, and the experiences of a friend who also put pen to paper after suffering a similar loss.
And the support so far has stunned Lucy after an on-line Justgiving account raised more than £800 in a matter of weeks.
Lucy, who lives on Hurst Rise with her partner Micky, 41, and daughter Lilly, seven, said: “It’s been overwhelming, we’ve had over 100 donations.
“My target was £300, then £500, now I’m going for £1,000.
“People have since got in touch saying they have lost a child – they didn’t need to suffer in silence.
“When I was in hospital I was given information and booklets, and there was one from Sands.
“They were really friendly and it has really helped me. It’s a brilliant cause.
“I have met some very good friends, it may not have been the wrong circumstances but they are really nice people.
“People from Chesterfield Sands will be invited to put anything in this book too.”
Lucy had gone to the Whitworth Hospital last June after becoming worried that Harry had stopped kicking. The tot had been nine days over his due date.
No heartbeat was found so she was rushed to Chesterfield Royal where she was told the devastating news.
An accident had occurred in the womb with his cord and he needed to be induced. He weighed over 6lb 12.5oz and was described by Lucy as “perfect”.
“The one thing that I kept thinking about was how I was going to tell my little girl, Lilly,” said Lucy.
“I had a miscarriage before which was the hardest thing in my life, then this happened.
“It’s getting harder as time goes on, Christmas was just awful. If it had not been for Lilly, I would have just curled away.
“Although I am expecting again, I will still need the support from Sands for a long time.
“Anyone affected by the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy or for any reason, should contact Sands – they will welcome you with open arms.”
Lucy is hoping to have the book published by April 1, the one year anniversary since Chesterfield’s Sands was launched.
To help boost funds, Lucy and her family will be selling hand-crafted gifts at Matlock’s Imperial Rooms on Imperial Road this Saturday from 12.30pm until 3pm.
Meanwhile, anyone wishing to donate to the cause can log onto www.justgiving.com/lucy-brookes1