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North Petherton woman receives Butterfly award for supporting friend
A CARING friend who helped a mother from North Petherton whose baby boy was stillborn has won a prestigious award in recognition of her support.
Kate Cox, from North Petherton, was nominated by her friend Marianne Evans for the Informal Support category of The Butterfly Awards, a new international awards ceremony which raises awareness of baby loss.
Marianne gave birth to her son, Leo, in January 2009 in the back of an ambulance en route to hospital in Bristol, but he was stillborn.
Kate has supported Marianne and helped make sure Leo is remembered.
Marianne said: “I nominated her because she was there at the end of the phone if I wanted to talk to or text her and shed some tears with her and she did this with most sensitivity.”
After collecting her award, Kate said: “We had such a lovely, yet emotional evening attending The Butterfly Awards.
“I was so honoured to receive this award and would like to thank everyone who kindly voted for me.
“I really hope that The Butterfly Awards continue to raise awareness of the often taboo subject of baby loss.”
The awards, held at The Paragon Hotel, Birmingham, were organised by Bridgwater mother Mel Scott, who used her devastating experience of losing her son, Finley, to set up 'Finley's Footprints', a training and support organisation.
Mel also provides support for parents through charity Towards Tomorrow Together.
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