The Hereford County Hospital and Hereford Cathedral were lit up in pink and blue last night to mark the start of Baby Loss Awareness Week.

People are being invited to light a candle in remembrance of the life of their baby at the cathedral on Tuesday, October 15, at 7pm.

Hereford Times:

Hereford Cathedral is bathed in pink in support of Baby Loss Awareness Week. Picture: Karen Friedman

They are also invited to join staff and supporters of the Born Sleeping Appeal as they walk from Hereford County Hospital to the cathedral at 6pm, arriving in time for the candle lighting service at 7pm.

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Baby Loss Awareness Week (#BLAW2019) is held annually from October 9 to 15.

It is an opportunity to mark the lives of babies lost in pregnancy or at or soon after birth.

During the week the Miscarriage Association works alongside about 60 other charities and groups to raise awareness of key issues that affect people who have lost a baby, highlighting the need for improvements in bereavement care, research and prevention.

The last two years have seen a growing number of public buildings and landmarks lit up in pink and blue in support.

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On Tuesday, October 15, people are invited to take part in the International Wave of Light, where candles around the world will be lit at 7pm in memory of the baby or babies that have been lost.

Photos of the candles on social media tagged #WaveofLight are expected to create a wave of light that spreads across the globe.