The Butterfly Awards

Celebrating the survivors and champions of baby loss, The Butterfly Awards is a beautiful, inspirational ceremony and dinner which brings awareness of a topic, which is all too often hidden away

Footprints & Rainbows Doula Services

As a birth and bereavement doula in Somerset, Mel is able to be with you in person at the time of your loss, and support you through your rainbow pregnancy, or if you live further away, via our distance doula service

Professional Bereavement Training

Do you work with grieving parents? Improve your knowledge and skills and join us for a captivating, memorable study day using interactive techniques.

What Our Clients Say About us

An extremely valuable and thought provoking study day, not just for midwives but all healthcare professionals who come into contact with someone who has lost a baby. Mel Scott is a very inspiring individual who puts her all into providing the best and most current information available. There isn’t anyone better to deliver this training than Mel, who is a bereaved parent herself.

Heidi Eldridge

Mama Academy

When I was 32 weeks pregnant, we learned our little boy was poorly. At 34 weeks, we were told he wouldn’t survive past pregnancy. Mel was the first person who contacted me after learning our little boy was going to pass away before birth. She provided us with much needed support and I honestly do not think I could have got through that period without her. Our little boy, Otis, was born at 35 weeks with his angel wings. Mel has been a shoulder to cry on; a friend to rely on and a person whom we have had full trust in since day 1. It’s thanks to Mel and her support that we had a memory box to take to the hospital to make sure we had treasured items to remember our son by; and it’s thanks to Mel that Otis had a beautiful burial gown to be buried in. Her support has been paramount in our son’s diagosis, death and beyond. I could not be getting through this without her.

Natalie

mum to Otis born at 35 weeks

The Butterfly Awards is a beautiful, inspirational ceremony and dinner which brings awareness of a topic, which is all too often hidden away.

A black tie/cocktail dress event, held in beautiful surroundings ensures that this is a treat to remember, whilst you remember and celebrate the strength and achievements of the nominees highlighted.

The 2017 Butterfly Awards looks set to be an even bigger and better event, with 300 people expected to attend and many to receive awards for the courage they have shown or the work they do in supporting those going through babyloss.

We are currently accepting sponsorship for the event, please view our Sponsorship Opportunities.

7 Thoughts on the Buterfly Awards"

By Kristin Casey - 10th September 2017 1:25 am
Dawne Braine is a very deserving lady and should receive this award for all the dedication she puts into SANDS and our local hospital. As a retired midwife, I have been involved in care of bereaved families at times when they have been told their beloved baby has not survived, supporting them through the birth and postnatally. It takes its emotional toll on carers too. Not only has Dawne suffered this tragic loss of her baby George but she continues to selflessly support others.
By Ingrid Sadiki - 11th September 2017 11:31 pm
Great work!
By Susan Baker - 12th September 2017 9:47 am
Michelle Lynch is a thoroughly deserving candidate for this award. She has built up her bereavement service from nothing and largely alone. Her determination to make sure “her ladies” and indeed all the family get the best before, during and after is amazing!! She gives up a lot of her own spare time ( never complaining) to arrange services for the bereaved families ,fundraising etc and making sure they are never just left to cope alone. I once asked her how she managed such a sad job when she was a mother herself. She just sighed and told me ” at least I have my baby to go home to” Everyday she dedicates herself to these mothers and their families always putting them first. “A true angel “one mother called her and she truly is.
By Amanda Fletcher - 15th September 2017 8:09 pm
Lisa Fisher has worked for many years dedicating her time to care for families who are bereaved and attending the annual church service. She trains and supports staff to care for women and families in these difficult and emotional circumstances. She has assisted to develop policies and links in well with the Mortuary for after care. Thank you for being there for us xx
By Alma Stewart - 19th September 2017 4:55 pm
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Megan Murray is a truly inspirational lady. She works alone in her role and has managed to provide an amazing, supportive service to all those who need her. She has even worked to provide special baby services and areas in local cemeteries. She has helped so many families at such a tragic time. She is totally committed to her role and it shows through her support and compassion whenever she may be needed. Thanks for all you do Megan!
By Loretta evans - 4th October 2017 9:43 am
Cherished gowns uk is just amazing. Helping others when needed . Everyone is like a big family helping other families at very difficult times.
By Hayley - 9th November 2017 8:44 pm
Good evening, I was wondering if you could tell me how to go about nominating for next years awards Thank you Hayley.

Finley’s Footprints Services

Distance Doualing

No matter where you are, you’ll never be alone. Our distance doualing service will ensure you get the support and advice you need, whenever you need it, from those who have years of experience in the field. This service is provided free of charge, made possible by donations.

Hope Coaching

It can be so difficult to rebuild your life after loss, to find your new normal. Hope Coaching is the perfect support tool for you, meaning you feel less isolated and more hopeful for the future.

Bereavement Training

1000’s of professionals have been trained across the UK and abroad. Our professional bereavement training helps to improve the care given to parents when they lose a baby or experience pregnancy after a loss. We run open days as well as in-house training, get in touch today.