‘Sick’ vandals smash garden

Picture taken before the garden was trashed
Picture taken before the garden was trashed

Cruel crooks have trashed a baby memorial garden set up by grief-stricken parents at Milton Keynes hospital.

They broke the centrepiece glass water feature by trying to wrench it out of the ground, trampled plants and even broke pebbles inscribed with babies’ names and dates of death.

“I didn’t realise people could do such a sick thing. It was a real shock to us all,” said parent Graham Sherman, whose daughter Jessica died in the womb at 38 weeks gestation.

Set up to be a peaceful haven for families struggling to cope with miscarriages or stillbirths , the Forget Me Not garden is clearly marked as a baby memorial.

A plaque at the entrance states: “For our little ones – a garden of simple beauty and quietness. In loving memory.”

With the help of specialist bereavement midwife Tracy Rea, parents had formed a special fund to pay for the restoration of the garden a year ago.

Said Graham; “It had been there for years, just outside the double doors of the hospital refractory. But it was getting neglected so a group of us got together and re-vamped it.”

Now they are joining forces to repair the damage and saving towards installing a CCTV system.

Anybody wishing to help can drop off a donation at the hospital reception in an envelope marked Baby Memorial Garden Fund. Or they can donate online through www.justgiving.com/Christelle-Thomas1