HRH The Duchess of Gloucester, Patron of The Lullaby Trust, together with Charity Ambassador, Emilia Fox, celebrate Christmas early at St James’s Palace, London with 250 CONI health visitors
St James’s Palace was the perfect setting for Christmas carols and Yuletide fayre tonight, in the presence of HRH The Duchess Gloucester, Patron of The Lullaby Trust and lauded international actress and Charity Ambassador, Ms Emilia Fox. The Duchess and Ms Fox attended The Lullaby Trust charity event to celebrate 25 years of the charity’s Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme. Over 300 people, including 250 health visitors, were also in attendance at this delightful event, supported by the No1 safer sleep brand in the UK and Australia, The Gro Company.
The reception, set against the backdrop of a 16 foot Christmas tree and the voices of the Olswang LLP Choir, not only marked the 25th anniversary of The Lullaby Trust’s CONI programme, but also recognised the hard work of these highly experienced health visitors who offer this unique service throughout the country. CONI provides support to families who are looking forward to a new arrival, but who have experienced the sudden and unexpected death of a baby in the past.
Francine Bates OBE, Chief Executive of The Lullaby Trust, said during her speech: “We were delighted to have our Patron, The Duchess of Gloucester here tonight to share this special occasion, as well as our valued Ambassador, Ms Emilia Fox, who has taken time out of her busy filming schedule to be with us.
Through CONI, The Lullaby Trust provides funds for specialist-monitoring equipment and provides health advice and reassurance along the way until the new baby is six months old. This programme has supported over 20,000 families in the last 25 years.
Christian Jones, Managing Director of The Gro Company, added: “Tonight has been a wonderful testament to The Lullaby Trust and CONI’s dedication during the last 25 years. Having HRH The Duchess of Gloucester in attendance, The Lullaby Trust Patron, as well as Charity Ambassador, Emilia Fox, made the evening evermore special. It was a pleasure for The Gro Company to be part of these group celebrations.”
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About The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust provides specialist support for bereaved families and promotes expert advice on safer baby sleep.
Working with the NHS we run a national, health-visitor led service for bereaved parents, Care of Next Infant (CONI) programme, which supports families before and after the birth of their new baby.
We are committed to commissioning new research projects to understand much more about what causes these tragic deaths and how we can prevent them.
The Lullaby Trust also runs an information line for parents and professionals (0808 802 6869) and a dedicated support line for bereaved families (0808 802 6868). Both are free to call from landlines and mobiles.
Advice including, factsheets and the latest research can be found at www.lullabytrust.org.uk
We campaign tirelessly, lobbying government to keep sudden infant death on the public health agenda.
For more information about The Lullaby Trust and CONI please visit www.lullabytrust.org.uk
About the Gro Company
The Gro Company is the No1 safer sleep brand in the UK and Australia. Lauded with over 50 industry Awards and a presence in over 20 international territories, The Gro Company is one of the UK’s most respected, fast-growth export businesses. The Gro Company’s range of British-designed products for newborns, babies and toddlers are supported with credentials from The Lullaby Trust and are 100% loved by their international customer base.
For more information about The Gro Company please visit www.gro.co.uk