Luanne & Harry Rimmer
Baby Loss parents to Jonathan Joseph Rimmer (17w 4d) and Ruby & Phillip (13w 4d) all three of their babies sadly died during pregnancy. Their journey for change began after Luanne experienced a nervous breakdown in 2012 after losing the twins. Their passion then led to assisting parents and communities in breaking the silence and ensuring every parent is offered the chance to dress their baby with dignity. Something Luanne was not offered with her son Jonathan. In 2020, Luanne decided to return to study and focus on policy changes. She is currently studying full-time at Salford University for a BSc. Honours in Social Policy. Her goal is to help change policies for parents who are pregnant after a baby loss. Hence the reason for our “Rainbow Project” that was launched in memory of her son Jonathan. Both Luanne and Harry are advocates within the Baby Loss Community and continue to campaign for a National Day of Remembrance in the UK to be honoured for Pregnancy & Infant Loss.
In 2022 Luanne and Harry started delivering training within the NHS for healthcare professionals on how to deliver, and support parents who endure the loss of a baby during early pregnancy. They work closely with the Royal Oldham Hospital to ensure 'Dressed with Dignity' is offered to all parents. They firmly believe every parent who loses a baby, regardless of age should be offered choice. Passionate about supporting mental health and baby loss, this duo work together to ensure every parent that comes to us is supported, signposted, and has an aftercare check in.
Joyce has been working within the baby loss community for over 10 years, providing handmade with love memorial items, burial gowns, and keepsakes for parents. With over 50 years of experience in knitting and creating such items, Joyce has assisted various charities and organisations. She joined the team in 2019 and has played a vital role in supporting volunteers and community projects, Joyce works closely with Luanne and hospitals to ensure that we are offering choices to parents. Her background has been within the hospitality sector, Joyce enjoys crafting and a challenge. Joyce is an angel mum herself to a baby lost in early pregnancy, she is committed to ensuring all babies are given an opportunity to be dressed and treated with dignity.
John and Joyce have been together for over 30 years. John is no stranger to the baby loss community, as he has lived with knitting for the duration of this time. Since retirement John has volunteered with us at at Handmade with Love working alongside Joyce. He has assisted with various projects and implementing new designs. John is responsible for our finances and recording our projects. He is computer literate and
keen to learn new skills within his retirement.
Sam has worked within the Baby Loss community for over 5 years and is a baby loss parent to 5 early loss babies and is a mum to her Rainbow Izaak. During this time Sam managed all administration, personnel, and recruitment of our volunteers. She works alongside Luanne, sometimes into the early hours, she is known as our night owl who enjoys crafting and supporting others. Sam is very creative and loves working on new projects with Izaak, who is one of our Sibling Ambassador's and her Mum Mary. The complete package!
Area Manager - Scotland
Face to Face Support
Angel Mum to Katy who sadly passed away aged 12 year's old, due to a severe Asthma attack. In June 2023 Tracy set up our first 'Gone but not Forgotten' face to face support group within her local community. Providing a safe space for people to come together who need support on their journey. Her passion is to support siblings who lose a brother or sister regardless of age, furthermore she is working closely with our crafters to produce our first sibling box that will be made available to schools this November, 2023. Katy left behind 5 brothers and sisters and there was no local support to assist the family on their journey. Which has inspired Tracy to support young people who are struggling with their grief. This year saw Tracy complete her Bereavement Counselling Level 3 and Child Bereavement Support Level 3, she has a passion for learning new skills and sharing information with the baby and child loss community.
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Graphic Design Administrator
Meet Charley, Angel Mum to Timothy, Buttons, Wynter and Baby. Charley joined us just under 5 years ago and enjoys working 121 with parents in the baby loss community. Charley works on various projects designing graphics and supporting our Director Luanne. She has recently started crafting which helps her unwind after a busy day running a household with 5 children and her partner Chris. Trained in Bereavement Counselling Level 3 and currently studying her Nursing Access Course.
Family Support & Project Admin
Sheila supports our community projects and focuses particular on early baby loss burial items, keepsakes and our forever beds. She is retired and worked as a social worker for many year's providing support to families. She is currently training for her Bereavement Counselling within Baby Loss to support families alongside our Family & Project Manager. She is a woman of many talents, and can crochet, knit, and loves working on her sewing machine. Sheila has recently taken on the role as Family Support assisting our community projects with families.
Senior Craft Administrator
Helen has been crafting for over 40 years and supports our volunteers with various projects. She also works full-time running her family business, and supporting her local hospital. She loves new challenges and supporting the local community projects. Helen not only produces beautiful handmade with love special keepsakes for bereaved parents, but also supports our F**K Cancer project which supports men who are receiving inpatient treatment at Birmmingham Hospital.