Prestonian families who have lost babies invited to place a white ribbon in their memory

White ribbons will be placed on the Christmas tree as a mark of respect to babies and young children who have passed away

Two Christmas trees have been delivered and planted in the baby memorial area at Preston Cemetery.





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Families who have sadly lost babies and young children are invited to leave a ribbon on one of the trees as a way of including their loved ones in Christmas celebrations.

The heartwarming idea came from a member of the Friends of Preston Cemetery group and will be in place until the end of January 2021.

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The trees will then be removed and re-planted next December, ready to bring back year after year.

Councillor Peter Moss, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for planning and regulation, said: “We thought this was a wonderful idea from the Friends Group and I’m grateful to everyone involved for making it happen so quickly.

“Knowing there’ll be a Christmas tree every year decorated with ribbons will hopefully be a small comfort to the families at this time of year.”

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Member of Friends of Preston Cemetery Group, Margaret Heaps, said: “I thought it would be a lovely idea for families with a sleeping baby to be able to visit and leave ribbons on a tree at the Cemetery.

“Christmas can be really tough but hopefully this gesture comforts the families and the treasured memories of their little ones.”

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