A charity ball is being organised by a couple who suffered the loss of their baby daughter, Rowan, during pregnancy. The Rowan Tree Ball will take place at Stratton Court Barn, near Bicester, on Friday 1st February, 2019 from 7pm.
Organisers Sarah and Nick Henderson, who live in Buckingham, were devastated when their daughter, Rowan, died at almost 24 weeks from a fatal heart condition. Having been helped through the grieving process by support groups, the couple decided this year to organise an event in memory of Rowan and to raise money for one of the charities that helped them, Saying Goodbye.
Sarah Henderson, 37, a graphic designer and artist, said: “Even though we lost Rowan, she is still very much a part of our family and this ball is a tribute to her. But it will also help raise vital money for Saying Goodbye, which does so much to help parents like us, as well as improving wider awareness of baby loss at any stage of pregnancy, birth or infancy.”
It is estimated that, in the UK, around one in four pregnancies end in loss during pregnancy or birth. This affects thousands of people in UK each year. Saying Goodbye, which is part of the Mariposa Trust, supports families with remembrance services around the country and works hard to improve the way in which bereaved parents are supported, through lobbying, awareness campaigns, support services and education.
The Rowan Tree Ball will feature live music, three-course dinner and an auction of signed football memorabilia, holidays and other high-value lots.