December 13 2013 Latest news:
Sunday, October 13, 2013
A Budleigh mother, who set up a neonatal charity after losing her newborn baby, has been nominated for two national awards.
Niki Cunningham set up the Harry Cunningham Trust with her husband Jamie last year following Harry’s tragic death aged just 26 hours.
Now Niki, who recently gave birth to baby Florence, a sister for three-year-old William, has been nominated for two accolades at the Butterfly Awards, for survivors of baby loss and those who support them.
Niki, who is up for ‘most inspirational grieving mother’ and ‘individual overcoming tragedy’, said: “I am absolutely honoured to even be considered for such an amazing award. The work I have undertaken since losing Harry has been my saviour. Not just keeping busy, and the honour of helping others, but also keeping Harry’s memory alive.”
As well as raising funds for neonatal causes, Niki has also been campaigning for babies to be screened for vasa praevia – the condition which cost Harry his life.
She said: “The work that we have carried out with the screening committee looks like we will see a change in the new year to screen all at-risk mothers for vasa praevia which is a huge step and means that more babies will be saved.
“I now feel that something really positive has been born out of something so completely terrible, and it has helped me with my grief. Knowing that I am able to help others through the work of Harry’s trust is an amazing feeling.”
To vote for Niki, visit www.thebutterflyawards.com.