A Nottingham-based charity that was set up to help bereaved parents of stillborn babies and early
baby loss has announced plans to create a Memorial Garden in the city to provide a place of focus,
relaxation and reflection for families.
The Forever Stars Memorial Garden is being created at Highfields Park, a short distance from the
Queen’s Medical Centre and is expected to include areas for reflection, a picnic area, a nature walk
and a tree of tranquillity where the names the babies and children can be inscribed upon the leaves.
Forever Stars was set up by Richard and Michelle Daniels after their daughter Emily was stillborn in
December 2013 at the city’s Queen’s Medical Centre. The charity has already has raised more than
two hundred and fifty thousands of pounds to create “serenity suites” at the QMC and more
recently, the City Hospital.
The suites are there to offer a quiet place for parents to reflect, grieve, and spend time with their
baby after stillbirth. However, with those more immediate places for reflection now secured and
benefiting 150 families every year in the city, Forever Stars wants to create a lasting public space for
families that will provide a place of focus, relaxation and reflection for families outside of the
Richard Daniels explains; “Our ‘Forever In Bloom’ campaign is a very ambitious step forward for Forever Stars but one that we
are proud and excited to be making. The bereavement suites have provided vital immediate comfort
and support to grieving families but we feel there is also a need to provide a more lasting space for
reflection outside of the hospitals.
“There are memorial gardens all over the world and the UK for various wonderful causes but we
don’t have one here in Nottingham for baby loss and we want to change that. We have been able to
do so much already with the incredible support we have had and now we need to make the next
step for families.”
Councillor Dave Trimble, Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Culture at Nottingham City Council said:
“We are delighted to be able support this very worthwhile local charity. The creation of this beautiful
reflective garden is a great addition to Highfields Park and will benefit many families as well as the
Work on the The Forever Stars Memorial Garden is expected to commence from Autumn 2018 and
will be completed in three phases over 5 years, the Lake phase, the Nature Walk phase and the
Community area phase. The total costs will be approx £1,000,000.
Richard Daniels concludes; “We would like to thank the council for donating the land and all of our supporters for enabling us to
get this project off the ground. Yes this is ambitious but it is needed, both for the families and for
raising awareness of baby loss. By having a more public space, we hope to create not just a lasting
memorial and tribute but also a place that will help more people to share their own stories and to
understand the loss of other families like our own.”