28th November 2023
To honour this special day, Giving Tuesday, we’re offering our wonderful supporters the opportunity to ‘Double your Dedication’.
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24th November 2023
We are planning for our future events, we'd love to hear your views.
20th November 2023
Sunday 19th November 2023 is International Men's Day and we'd like to thank all the incredible men who have been involved with Aching Arms past and present.
7th November 2023
This Chistmas, give the gift of comfort to another bereaved family by donating a Bear in memory of a baby special to you.
2nd November 2023
We are hosting two wonderful events with a Christmas theme in Halesowen, we'd love you to join us.
9th October 2023
We will be releasing our Say Their Name 2023 tribute videos each day during Baby Loss Awareness Week.
5th October 2023
We can't quite believe what a whirlwind this last year has been for Aching Arms since we became one of the charities that were supported by Global's Make Some Noise.
18th September 2023
Come along with your families and join us at our next Be Together event on Sunday 15th October 2023, cheering on our football team and part of Baby Loss Awareness, we invite you to join us in a beautiful tribute known as the Wave of Light.
15th September 2023
Throughout October, in support of Baby Loss Awareness week, we invite you to join our Miles in Memory challenge to celebrate the memory of babies who have touched your lives and raise money for Aching Arms. With your help, we can continue to offer comfort and support to bereaved families across the UK following the loss of their baby. Together, we will ensure that families do not face their journeys alone.
8th September 2023
Tomorrow, 9th September 2023, is National Teddy Bear Day. A day especially to reflect on the companionship our teddies give us, and the comfort they bring.
To honour this special day, we’re offering our wonderful supporters the opportunity to ‘Double your Dedication’ when you donate a comfort bear.
20th August 2023
August is a very special month for Aching Arms as we have been a registered charity for 10 years. To commemorate this significant milestone, we are delighted to share our 10th anniversary campaign with you.
16th August 2023
We've recently had request from our supporters for wedding favours. You may want to remember a baby special to you, or simply support Aching Arms. This is a simple way to incorporate fundraising at your wedding.
8th August 2023
August 2023 marks ten years for Aching Arms as a registered charity, we have been going now for thirteen years.
1st August 2023
Today (1st August) is Ectopic Pregnancy Awareness Day and we are supporting our friends at the Ectopic Pregnancy Trust in highlighting the 1 in 80 pregnancies that are ectopic.
At Aching Arms, we understand that an ectopic pregnancy can be an upsetting and distressing experience, and in this article we aim to give you some further information about ectopic pregnancy.
31st July 2023
Following the success of our first Be Together football match against the Lily Mae Foundation, we are delighted to have been challenged to another match by this years corporate partners Atrium.
The match will take place on the final day of baby loss awareness week and prior to the start of the match we will hold our very own Wave of Light in memory of all the babies who lit up our lives for such a short time.
13th July 2023
Today, we'd like to introduce our new staff member, Claire Shuttleworth.
Claire is our Project Lead for the Be Together Programme, and we are delighted to have Claire on board, organising our charity events for bereaved families across the UK.
6th July 2023
We'd love for you to help raise awareness of pregnancy loss and baby loss by running for #TeamAchingArms.
3rd July 2023
In a heart warming display of resilience and camaraderie, we teamed up with our friends at The Lily Mae Foundation, to play an unforgettable game of football as part of our Be Together programme. Our goal? To bring together a team of dads and their families and give them a chance to find comfort, support and friendship whilst playing in memory of their precious babies.
21st June 2023
The Aching Arms Be Together Project, in collaboration with The Lily Mae Foundation, is excited to announce our upcoming event for bereaved Dads—a friendly football match. This event aims to bring together fathers who have experienced the loss of their baby, providing an opportunity for them to connect with others who share a similar journey. Join us at the Birmingham City Training ground on Sunday, 2nd July, and be part of this empowering and supportive community gathering.
9th June 2023
Luke is a doctoral researcher from the University of Surrey who is leading this research project, which looks into the impact of perinatal loss on Dads and partners. Luke is looking for dads and partners willing to take part in his research project.
8th June 2023
We have a wonderful range of gifts for Dads, Grandads, Uncles, Brothers and friends, including those that have gone through pregnancy and baby loss.
6th June 2023
Host a tea party this season and help raise vital funds that support bereaved families following the loss of their baby - during pregnancy, at birth, or shortly afterwards.
27th May 2023
Bringing comfort and support after pregnancy and baby loss, is at the heart of our charity, and this is why our 140 volunteers give their free time and skills to Aching Arms. Many of our volunteers also feel helping others, supports them on their grief and healing journeys.
26th May 2023
Christine joined Aching Arms as an ambassador and postal volunteer after her precious son was born sleeping in 2020.
During Volunteers Week we will be sharing some of the stories of our volunteers who support us.
Kay volunteers her time across a number of London Hospitals, preparing and delivering bears.
Kay also supports Aching Arms with building connections with health professionals so that our Bears reach more bereaved families.
Lynne is one of our hospital volunteers. Lynne got involved with Aching Arms following the loss of her baby Findlay who was born sleeping in 2013.
25th May 2023
Tom Donaldson is one of our Supporting Arms for Dads Volunteers and also the writer of "You are a Dad...you always will be" - A guide for Dads following the loss of your baby.
During Volunteers Week will be shining a spotlight of many of our volunteers and the wonderful work they do to support Aching Arms.
Zoe and Andrew become hospitals volunteers after losing their precious son, Zachary in 2018.
Their volunteering journey is a wonderful family affair, with their rainbow baby also helping out.
Sharmila volunteers her time as a hospital volunteer, preparing bears and delivering them to her local hospitals in Wales.
Sharmila has kindly shared her journey on how she came to volunteer for us here, we are delighted to be able to shine a spotlight on the wonderful work of our volunteers during Volunteers Week.
Jess started volunteering with us after the loss of her precious son Leo as a Hospital Volunteer.
Jess has been involved with the charity for many years and now focuses on supporting us with sending comfort bears to bereaved families in the post.
Raven heard about Aching Arms after the loss of her precious daughter Vegas Monroe when she was gifted a bear by her midwife.
Raven came to volunteer for us, preparing and delivering comfort bears for her local hospitals and as a postal volunteer.
22nd May 2023
Valerie and Margaret have been involved with supporting the charity right from the start, supporting Valerie's son Mark, and daughter-in-law Leanne, the charity Founder and CEO.
This Volunteers Week we shine a spotlight on the wonderful work they do to support the charity and thank them for all their incredible hard work in preparing bears, delivering them to hospitals and for raising awareness and fundraising for Aching Arms.
21st April 2023
Friday's announcement on Heart FM is about the biggest donation we have ever received. It is thanks to Global's Make Some Noise campaign and means we can fund our Be Together programme for two whole years and enable more families, during these tough economic times, to come along to our events and simply 'be' with others who feel so alone after the loss of their baby.
Aching Arms hosted an awareness event in Belfast City Hall on Friday 14th April thanks to an invitation by Michelle Kelly, Belfast Deputy Lord Mayor. Around 60 people attended and met our Founder, Leanne and our Northern Ireland volunteers Laura, Ellie and Lisa.
19th March 2023
We wanted to take a moment to express our heartfelt gratitude to each and every one of you who have supported our charity by purchasing items from our online gift shop. At Aching Arms, we understand that going through the grief and loss of our babies is incredibly difficult, we also understand that occasions such as Mother’s Day can bring grief to the surface after many years, and be very difficult during the first year. We know that small gestures of kindness and empathy can make a huge difference in our healing process.
14th March 2023
We are delighted to invite families who have received an Aching Arms Comfort Bear, health professionals and local businesses big and small, to our awareness event Bears in Belfast. This will be an opportunity for people to come together, meet our CEO Leanne and our local volunteers in person. There will be an opportunity to remember your baby, discuss bereavement in the workplace and learn more about Aching Arms and how we support the community.
28th February 2023
On 28th February 2023, a group of 13 pregnancy and baby charities, including Aching Arms, told the UK Covid-19 Inquiry how all aspects of pregnancy, maternity, neonatal and postnatal care were dramatically disrupted during the pandemic.
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