Each financial year, every Freeths’ office partners up with a local charity in order to offer support and help with their charitable activities.

This year Freeths Oxford has partnered with Cradle Oxfordshire. Cradle has small hubs around the country which aim to support women who have lost babies during early pregnancy (first and second trimesters).

Back in February 2020, 2 members of our team went to a Cradle Oxfordshire launch event and coffee morning where they gained a great insight into the amazing work which Cradle does. See our blog from 17 February 2020 for more details.

A key aspect of Cradle’s work is providing women in hospital with comfort bags which contain essential items such as toothbrushes, soap, and shampoo. Many women suffer baby loss very suddenly so do not have time to go home to collect such items before seeking medical help. Cradle also provides leaflets which signpost patients to essential support services, such as bereavement groups, online focus groups, and local NHS services.

We will help Cradle Oxfordshire to create a sturdy support base from the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford and assist the expansion of its work to reach as many women as possible. From providing office space for meetings, to collecting donations for the comfort bags, to sponsoring events, together we can ensure that support is there for those who need it.

These are uncertain and challenging times for all charities and socil distancing has inevitably impacted on the ways they can operate and fundraise. That is why we will also be exploring new and innovative ways to provide support and assistance to ensure Cradle can continue with their work.

Inevitably, the current health crisis has made it difficult for Cradle to reach women in hospital. However the ingenuity of Oxfordshire’s Cradle representative Emma Orpwood has meant that nursing staff will soon be helping to deliver the comfort bags to patients in the gynaecology and maternity wards.

You can follow Cradle Oxfordshire on Twitter @CradleOxfordsh1 to keep updated about their work. Those seeking support following baby loss can join the Facebook group “Cradle Oxfordshire”.