Newcastle charity supporting families through pregnancy after loss delivers mental health boxes to NHS hospitals

Newcastle charity, Willow's Rainbow Box, which supports families in pregnancy after loss delivers mental health boxes to NHS hospitals.
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A Newcastle charity which supports families in pregnancy after loss has delivered mental health boxes to three NHS hospitals across the country. Willow’s Rainbow Box received a huge volume of applicants for the boxes, which include items like a journal and support cards.

The small charity was met with a tough decision when it was overwhelmed by these applications, and the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle was able to receive a number of boxes to offer to families whilst they are visiting the maternity unit. The boxes are designed to help reduce anxiety during pregnancy after a loss at any gestation.

Their aim is to make families feel more calm, relaxed and informed, as they go through a time with a lot of conflicting emotions. The boxes contain the aforementioned journal to help log thoughts, and hope and support cards with positive affirmations and mindfulness techniques, as well as crafting activities and other helpful information.

As well as the RVI, the charity wanted to give another selected applicant 50 boxes, but they were met with such a demand the charity decided to split this three ways. This meant that James Cook University Hospital and Croydon University Hospital receiving boxes alongside the Newcastle hospital.

Willow’s Rainbow Box is the brainchild of Amneet Graham, who suffered a heart-breaking miscarriage at 8 weeks gestation back in 2017, and then went on to have a subsequent pregnancy the following year. During the second pregnancy, she began to experience high amounts of anxiety due to her previous loss, noticing a lack of options to support her through an understandably stressful time.

After the birth of her daughter Willow, Amneet decided to found a charity that would help others in similar situations, so that she would be able to promote positive mental health well being during pregnancy after loss.

Amneet Graham, the founder and the chairman of the charity, said: "While we are delighted by the amount of applications for our funded boxes, such a response obviously highlights the strong need for further help and support during such a vulnerable time. As the charity continues to grow, it is our hope to stock all maternity units, rainbow clinics and perinatal mental health teams across the country to ensure families are offered comfort when they need it most."