Butterfly release for remembered babies

SiMBA is organising another butterfly release to remember lost babies

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Bereaved families will be releasing butterflies into the wild next month to remember their lost babies.

Families will gather in the grounds of Dunollie Museum Castle on June 16 from 5.30pm.

Around 30 to 40 hardy-type butterflies will flutter away at the annual event  being organised by SiMBA, a charity supporting families who have lost a baby.

There will be a short service before the release, followed by time for reflection and refreshments.

A donation of £15 is suggested to help the charity cover the cost of one butterfly and the family-friendly occasion, said Susan Simpson who is a Trustee for the SiMBA, as well as its Highland ambassador and support group co-ordinator.

The organisation’s Oban support group meets on the first Thursday of every month at The Rockfield Centre, from 7-9pm, and is open to parents, grandparents, family or friends who have gone through the death of a baby at any stage of pregnancy or close to the time of birth.

The charity is also hoping to soon get a metal sculpture Tree of Tranquility in the grounds of Dunollie.

There are already similar trees in Galashiels, Orkney, Edinburgh, Inverness and Glasgow where families can put babies names on copper leaves – each tree can carry 500 leaves.

‘The leaves are there to remember babies lost at any time. The oldest one we have is from 1911, a baby boy called Robert. It was his 80-year-old sister who made his leaf. There are a lot of historical losses, many people don’t know where their babies were buried and don’t have a grave to visit. Miscarried babies too.

‘Dunollie has been amazing. They have been so accommodating and understanding. They are incredible,’ said Mrs Simpson.

Any one wanting to order a butterfly and to confirm a place at the release should go to app.etapestry.com/onlineforms/SIMBA/butterflyrelease2018.html

For more informationabout the charity visit simbacharity.org.uk, call the SiMBA office on 0131 353 0055 or email Susan Simpson on simbahighland@gmail.com