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SOFT UK NI family day

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On Saturday 10th August eight families gathered at a lovely hotel in Armagh.

Invited by Annamarie Cartmill to come and share an afternoon; 29 adults and children came to support each other, play with the children, eat a wonderful buffet, share their stories, listen and remember that they are not the only family who have had a baby with Trisomy. 

During the afternoon they had the chance to look through the Tribute Book and also add photographs and messages in remembrance of their babies.

It was great to see two new families, who having found the SOFT UK website, noted the date and came to learn more from the experience of others. Indeed, as it happens, their stories were very similar.

Trustees Chris Rose and David Delargy flew from England and Scotland respectively to join them. The afternoon was for sharing rather than listening to speakers, but Chris Rose took a few minutes to show the literature SOFT UK provides. She explained that if they could give a booklet (or two or three.....) into a medical professional’s hand (rather than post it) then it is likely that it will be used to help other families. Every family took booklets and shared who they would give them to. It was very gratifying to know that two families had been given SOFT UK booklets  already from the Royal Belfast Hospital for sick Children and the Daisy Hill Hospital, Newry.

Two parents at the get together expressed a wish to train as volunteers for SOFT UK. 

The afternoon ended with a beautiful balloon launch carrying labels with messages for our babies. The sun shone and the sky was blue and everyone could see the trail of balloons over a very long distance.  

A big thank you goes to Annamarie for inviting everyone and organising such a friendly and supportive afternoon for SOFT UK in Northern Ireland.

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