A woman who lost her baby before birth will hold an event to raise money for a charity which helped her through her ‘horrific’ experience.
Kat Marchant, 33, from Southgate, was 40 weeks and six days pregnant - six days overdue - when her usually active unborn baby girl Isabelle stopped moving.
She and her husband Collin, 39, rushed to the hospital and hoped the change meant Isabelle was on her way.
Kat explained how it felt when she discovered she would have to go through a still birth.
She said: “It was horrific. It’s utter disbelief. You create a life for your child as soon as you get pregnant.
“You imagine them buying new shoes and going to dance classes. We had a nursery, lots of clothes, lots of gifts, and then you go home empty handed and there’s nothing that can fill that void.
“It’s such a unique relationship that only parents have with their growing bump. You can’t explain just how gut wrenching it is.”
Since then she has been helped through the bereavement by charity SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death).
SANDS organises monthly meetings which provide contact with other parents who have lost their children before or just after birth.
The charity provides a phone service which people can call any time.
It also organises events throughout the year such as lantern releases where the parents release lanterns or balloons with messages for their babies and a ‘twinkle service’ where they meet in church and light candles in memory of their babies.
Kat still uses all the services.
She said: “It’s so nice to talk to people who understand and who get the loss. I always know if I’m having a bad day I can call them.”
Kat will host a jumble sale event to raise money for SANDS at Furnace Green Community Centre on June 1 from noon to 4pm.
There will be stalls selling clothes, baby stuff, books, CDs, DVDs and cakes, as well as dance classes and a glitter tattoo parlour.
To find out more email Kat on email@example.com or to donate online visit www.justgiving.com/Isabelle-Marchant