Supporting the NHS
Due to COVID-19 support to families with young babies has decreased, health visitors are being redeployed to other areas of the NHS and their numbers are reducing due to staff sickness. This leaves all families with far less guidance and information around reducing the risk of sudden infant death syndrome (also known as cot death), especially the most vulnerable families in society. With your help, The Lullaby Trust will provide critical frontline services during this crisis, and support for families immediately following the birth of a new baby.
We do not know what causes sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) but there are proven steps that can be taken to greatly reduce the risk. Over the last 30 years, awareness of safer sleep has reduced the rate of babies dying from SIDS by over 80%, saving the lives of over 20,000 babies. It is vital that this information continues to reach parents so they can keep their babies safe and the number of deaths does not increase.
With your help, we can provide immediate increased support to public health teams during this time to ensure vital information and guidance reaches all parents and families.
Supporting bereaved families during COVID-19
Self-isolating is difficult for all of us but it is particularly hard for families whose baby or child has recently died. Current restrictions mean only a small number of family members can go to a baby’s funeral at the moment. Our bereavement support services are a vital lifeline during this extremely difficult time. We have increased the opening hours of our bereavement services so we can be there for families when they need us.
The impact of COVID-19 on The Lullaby Trust
The Lullaby Trust is facing a loss of nearly half a million pounds over the rest of the year. We are making cuts to our costs wherever we can, however, for a small charity like ours, this seriously threatens the support we can provide to families and our ability to provide our crucial services to families in the future.
Without the specialist work of organisations like ours, there is a risk that unexpected infant deaths could increase during COVID-19 and after this crisis ends. We urgently need your help today.