For almost a year East Kent’s clay shooters have supported a charity called Abigail’s Footsteps, a charity which supports those affected by infant bereavement.
With the support of the national masonic clay shooting association and the Lodge of Friendship and Service No 6584 we have been able to donate enough funds to purchase a cold cot and many other accessories for the charity.
Abigail’s Footsteps charity is based in East Kent, but tries to operate nationwide providing ‘cold cots’ where parents can spend a vital few hours with their deceased child, ether through still birth or infant mortality. They also offer training for mid-wives and nursing staff in the care and counselling of bereaved parents, which until recently was somewhat lacking in many respects.
During a charity gala night, held on 17th September by the charity at Rochester’s Corn Exchange, Bernie Connolly East Kent’s Chairman, Martin Lane Treasurer, Gary Cordier Committee Member and Roger Wilkes Secretary of the East Kent Clay Shooting Team and also Secretary of the National Association of Masonic Clay Shooters, presented the charity with a cheque for £2500 made up of donations from the East Kent Clays and the Lodge of Friendship
The national clay shooting association had already attended a presentation at the House of Lords earlier this year, where they donated £1000 to this very worthy charity.
A fine dinner was enjoyed with excellent entertainment from the Jersey Boys and a Take That tribute act followed by an auction of items from holidays to a flight in a Spitfire, a great evening supporting a very fine and worthy charity.
The Provincial Clay Shooting Team continue to support charity and Abigail’s Footsteps are the most recent, in total we have be able, through shoots and the generosity of the members, to donate substantial amounts to charities like “Holding on Letting Go” (another bereavement charity) Demelza House, Great Ormond Street Hospital, Wouldham Youth Club, Rochester Veterans Club and many more during the fourteen years we have been formed.
We enjoy our clay shooting and to be able to help others is our added bonus.
Abigail’s Footsteps Supply Cold Cots for Hospitals and Hospices in the UK and Ireland
All hospitals and hospices that have a bereavement suite should have a cold cot.
A cold cot is a refrigerated cot that allows parents to spend more time with their deceased baby than would otherwise be possible.
The cold cot helps parents to bond with their baby and aids the grieving process.
The Abi Cold Cot
The Abi Cold Cot is a cold cot produced by Abigail’s Footsteps in partnership with The Bond Group . We have supplied over 50 hospitals and hospices in the UK and Ireland so far.
We recommend every hospital or hospice has at least 2 cold cots.
The Lodge of Friendship & Service, Number 6584 surrendered its warrant earlier this year, the lodge had many members of the shooting team. However, the good work and charity donations continue with the members in other lodges throughout East Kent.
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