A GLENROTHES woman wants to ease the heartache of bereaved parents who have lost a child by helping to raise funds for a permanent memorial to their little angels.
Jenny Eastaugh has launched a Facebook page, “Every Angel Needs a Headstone”, and she is currently supporting a woman in Lancashire who is struggling to pay for a headstone for her son Jayden.
The mum-of-three told The Gazette she has experienced the loss of a child herself and that’s why she now wants to help others.
She said: “I originally started this a few weeks ago after I saw a post on Facebook from a woman called who lost her son in September last year - he was just over three weeks old.
“She is struggling to find the money to pay for his headstone which costs around £2000. When I read her post I felt I really wanted to help her in any way I could.
“I lost a son, Oscar, when he was 24 weeks old six years ago so I can relate to how she is feeling.”
So far Jenny has collected over £600 and she is planning to hold a fundraiser on May 18 - from 10.00 a.m to 4.00 p.m at the Gilvenbank Hotel, Glenrothes to boost the fund.
Although Jenny is currently fundraising for Jayden, she is hoping to help other bereaved parents who are in the same situation.
She said: “It isn’t a charity at the moment but I am hoping to eventually set up a registered charity if it continues to go well. Through my facebook page people who have lost a child can come and talk to me and if they are struggling to pay for a headstone for their babies, I can help to fundraise for them. I believe everyone out there who has lost a child deserves help if needed - I am not doing this for any other reason than to help support others who have experienced the heartache of losing a baby.”
Jenny has also been in contact with a local company, Fife Memorials, which creates headstones.
She added: “I have also been in touch with a company called Fife Memorials and they have agreed to speak to myself about offering a discount on headstones to bereaved parents who are struggling to pay for them.”
Anyone wanting to find out more about Jenny and her fundraising work can visit her facebook page at www.facebook.com/pages/Every-Angel-Needs-A-Headstone