'Forgotten mums' to be given recognition they deserve on Mother's Day through charity's kind gesture
Love, Amelia has been set up by Steph Archbold and Phil Capewell as a legacy of their daughter who died when she was just moments old when she was born at Sunderland Royal Hospital two years ago.
The campaign was officially launched in January to mark Amelia’s second birthday and is working to provide for families like them or are facing struggles to make ends meet.
Now, as Mother’s Day approaches on Sunday, March 22, the fund is working to put together pamper packs and a handwritten card to ensure mum’s who will go without or are in need of a boost get a treat.
Social worker Steph, 26, and Nissan staff member Phil, 30, who live in Castletown and are now also parents to five-month-old Jack, hope people will pass on any items they can add to the packs, as well as keep its store stocked.
Donations can be sent in or the charity has set up an Amazon wishlist to make it even easier to help.
“For Mother’s Day, for people who are otherwise not going to be acknowledged, we wanted to do something for those who didn’t have the support of others, whether that’s people who are fleeing domestic violence or perhaps don’t have family around them,” said Steph, who is originally from South Shields.
“It’s not just for those with babies, but they may have toddlers or older children or are on their own.
“For mums, from personal experience, it can be really hard and we’re always thinking ‘Am I doing a good job' and it's important to just put their minds at ease.
“We wanted to do these pamper packs to give them something to acknowledge what they do and make sure they feel good and thanking them.
“We’re using donated items, so we might have a candle in there, some nail varnish, a face mask as a treat and it’s all going to be of a good quality.”
Anyone who would like to help can find out more through the fund’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/love.amelia.sunderland/