Thursday 20 June 2019

Tea party in memory of baby Alfie

David Looby

A tea party in memory of a baby boy who died aged only two days old is being held to raise money for Féileacáin, the (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Association of Ireland - SANDAI).

Alfie Dunne died two hours after he was born in the National Maternity Hospital, Holles Street, at 34 weeks, four days on May 22. A fantastic fundraiser is being held in the community centre in Terrerath on Sunday, September 16, from 2 p.m. till 6 p.m. in his name. There will be copious amounts of tea, coffee and delicious cakes kindly donated by some fabulous local businesses like Button and Spoon, Rake of Cakes, Bridget's Sweet boutique and so many more.

Alfie's mother Lorene Dunne said: 'This fundraiser is to raise money for an organisation very close to my heart, We have so much planned for the day, bouncy castle, giant games, face painting, Baya the Storyteller, kids DJ, raffle, lucky dip, auction and so much more.'

She said: 'Without Féileacáin we wouldn't have had all the precious moments we had and the support we get even now. To have the opportunity to be able to give back and say thank you means the world to us, and to do it in memory of our little warrior baby Alfie is amazing.'

Féileacáin is a newly formed, not for profit organisation (CHY - 19635) that aims to offer support to anyone affected by the death of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after.

The organisation was formed by a group of bereaved parents who supported each other after the death of their own babies and have now come together to formally offer support to other parents and families who find themselves in a similar situation.

The aims of Feileacain are: to provide hospitals with our memory boxes to be given to bereaved families, to offer a befriending service and support helpline, to host regular support meetings which allow bereaved families space and time to remember their baby, to offer support and provide a safe and confidential setting in which those bereaved through stillbirth or neonatal death can share their experiences, to promote research into the causes of stillbirth and neonatal death and the effects of grief on the family, to work in co-operation with support services and other support organisations and to hold remembrance services and family events.

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