A local woman is using her own personal heartache caused by miscarriage to raise money and awareness for charity.
Sarah Monaghan is putting together the final arrangements for a coffee morning she is hosting next Saturday, but along with making cups of tea and cake, the 21-year old also hopes to make a difference by supporting the work of Tommy’s.
The baby charity funds research into stillbirth, premature birth and miscarriage, and after going through the trauma of a miscarriage in August last year, Sarah says its important for her to try and help others who may endure a similar experience. “Although most people know how common it is to lose a baby through different circumstances, no-one can ever prepare you for just how truly heartbreaking it is”, she told the Hawick News.
Sarah and partner Rory McIntyre, a baker in Morrisons, had been thrilled to learn that she was pregnant on the Sunday, broke the news to their families on the Wednesday, but then sadly lost their baby on the Friday.
Sarah admitted: “I can honestly say it was the hardest, scariest time of my life.”
But after numerous tests at hospital, tears and searches for answers, Sarah says the pair have slowly come to terms with what happened, and the beautician, who works at Perfectly Polished, is channelling her energy into something positive.
She explained: “I know how much our family and friends were all around us when we needed them and we had such a strong support system, we know how important that was for us. I hope the coffee morning can promote Tommy’s so that those who aren’t as lucky as us, know there are midwifes and professionals there if you need them, and people who have suffered the same thing.”
She added: “Before I started to plan the coffee morning I spoke to Rory about wanting to do something for Tommy’s and he was completely behind the idea. And we decided to share our story in the hope that people come along and support this charity with us.”
The coffee morning is on February 22 in the Catholic church hall from 10am-12.30pm. Entry is £1.50 and includes tea, coffee, juice and biscuits. There will be a raffle, cake and candy, stalls, games, face-painting, a nail bar and more. There will also be leaflets with information about pregnancy, pregnancy problems and having a healthy pregnancy.