Belfast Telegraph

New memorial plaque will honour babies lost in womb

Janet Dixon, with husband James and daughters Rihanna and Clara-Jane, unveiled a new stone at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden. Janet lost her daughter Gabrielle after 11 days and raised more than £700 for the tribute with a leap into Ballintoy Harbour
Janet Dixon, with husband James and daughters Rihanna and Clara-Jane, unveiled a new stone at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden. Janet lost her daughter Gabrielle after 11 days and raised more than £700 for the tribute with a leap into Ballintoy Harbour
Andrea McAleese at a plaque dedicated to daughter Roma

By Chris McCullough

A special plaque has been unveiled at the Angel of Hope Memorial Garden in Coleraine, dedicating a new area for stillborn babies and neonatal deaths.

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Around 100 people gathered at the garden on Portstewart Road yesterday evening to remember more than 100 children who have sadly passed away.

The garden was opened in 2015 thanks to a huge effort by Coleraine hairdresser Andrea McAleese, the mother of three-year-old Roma, who was killed in a car accident outside their home in 2009.

Garden founder Andrea said that the group relied on fundraising events to ensure that the memorial can be maintained.

She said: "The garden has now over 100 stars in it, remembering all those children we have lost. We hold an annual event in the garden where parents can bring a bauble to put on a tree in remembrance of their loved ones.

"We have unveiled a new plaque dedicating a new area of the garden to stillborn babies and neonatal deaths.

"Sunday night's event was open to everyone in the community who has lost someone."

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