A Fife-wide campaign to raise awareness of cot death and measures which can be taken to prevent it starts on Friday.
It is being launched by the Scottish Cot Death Trust to help try to reduce the number of babies which die from the condition.
Free ‘safe sleep’ workshops have been offered to every childcare co-ordinator and nursery manager in Fife, hosted by Kingdom Homes’ Kingdom Kiddies Nursery at its head office, Albion House in Kirkcaldy’s Mitchelston Industrial Estate.
Members of the Trust will also be speaking with health professionals, police and ambulance personnel on how they can best support families when they are called to respond to a cot death.
Lynsay Allan, executive director of the Scottish Cot Death Trust, said: “We want the professionals to know the charity can support them too.
‘‘From feedback after a cot death we know that some professionals such as GPs and health visitors may only come across cot death once during their career and they can find it very distressing.”
A series of fundraising and awareness raising events are also taking place.
From June 4, Stuart Allan from Kirkcaldy will undertake a four-day walk of Fife’s beautiful 117-mile coastal path from Newburgh to Kincardine Bridge.
The walk coincides with the path’s 10th anniversary and will also raise awareness about the popular attraction.
Stuart’s fundraising page is: www.justgiving.com/Fife-Coastal-2014.
The Trust is also hoping to get 117 Fife businesses and 117 professionals to support it in its events.
Lynsay said: ‘‘Sadly we know that for every child who dies many people are affected by the loss, so in terms of the public in Fife we know well over 117 family members and their friends will have been touched by the tragedy.’’
On Sunday, June 8 the Bouncy Castle Man has teamed up with the Elgin Hotel in Charlestown, by Dunfermline, to hold a fun family day from noon to 6 p.m.
Adrenaline junkies are invited to take part in a firewalk event on Saturday, June 14 at McKane Park, Dunfermline from 6.30 p.m. The event is being supported by a local DJ and Kirkcaldy-based power drumming band, Resonate. Experts will be on hand to lead the event and there’s lots of high energy guaranteed.
For more details visit www.scottishcotdeathtrust.org.