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Teddy bear’s picnic for opening of baby memorial garden

Residents are invited to come along and take part in a teddy bear’s picnic to celebrate the opening of a baby memorial garden.

The event takes place this Sunday, 8 June, at Boythorpe Cemetery, owned and maintained by Chesterfield Borough Council.

The council’s bereavement services staff, based at Chesterfield and District Crematorium, have joined with members of Chesterfield Sands, the stillbirth and neo-natal death charity in raising money to fund the garden.

It is a place where parents and families are able to remember a child who has died, before, during or after birth.

Anyone wanting to join in the event is invited to come along with a teddy and a picnic from 2pm. The official opening ceremony will take place at 2.30pm.

Councillor Chris Ludlow, Chesterfield Borough Council’s executive member for environment said: “Chesterfield Sands and members of our bereavement services staff have been raising money for months for the Boythorpe Baby Garden and we’re excited that it is now ready to open.”

Nicky Whelan, Chair of Chesterfield Sands says “We are so excited to be opening Boythorpe Baby Garden after the success of the Never Land Baby Garden opened at Chesterfield and District Crematorium last year. 

“I know that our new garden at Boythorpe will help so many more local families”.

There will be fun for children at the event with a free colouring in table, face painting (there will be a small charge for this) and raffle for a teddy bear cake. Tickets for the raffle will cost £1 per strip.

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