LeighAnne Wright, BCAv
LeighAnne has dedicated the last five years to the baby bereavement charity she started, Little Things & Co. When a family struggled to find any clothes small enough for the funeral of their baby LeighAnne hand-sewed a suitable outfit for him, allowing the family to bury their child with dignity. She soon realised that they were not unique in their plight and that the problem was affecting many families who had lost babies.
She now expends all her energyto ensure parents who have lost a baby are treated with respect and are supported emotionally and practically. She is a voice for the often, taboo subject of baby loss. Doing all of this whilst working full-time as a funeral director and raising her 14-year-old daughter.
LeighAnne expanded the charity’s services which now include: monthly support groups; providing other funeral directors with grave dressings and cribs;and, literature giving baby bereavement advice to professionals. LeighAnne also built a memorial garden within the grounds of Plymouth’s Derriford Hospital, where families can place pebbles to remember children they have lost.
Nominated by: Lynn Cawse & Harriet Sams