The Molly and Mia Foundation
Edfield Way, Fivemiletown BT75 0QH.
The Molly and Mia Foundation is a registered charity aiming to create a supportive environment and social outlet for families following the loss of a baby. Our garden facility is based in Edfield Way, Fivemiletown BT75 0QH.
We aim to create opportunities for young people to try new activities, socialize and build new friendships following the loss of a brother or sister. Children and young people are directly connected to our charity in this way; having lost a brother or sister through still birth, miscarriage or infant birth.
Predominantly the Molly and Mia Foundation was set up in memory of Molly and Mia and to assist parents and families who have lost babies in pregnancy or infant death. At first, our aims where-
- To provide premature baby clothes to as many people as possible who needed them. - Provide Moses baskets and stands to Craigavon Area Hospital. - Provide 20 memory boxes for Craigavon Area Hospital. - To start a summer scheme for children aged 4 years to 14 years in our local community.
By our second anniversary the Molly and Mia Foundation had grown immensely and we began to provide small baby clothes to several hospitals, providing Moses baskets to several hospitals, providing memory boxes to all the maternity hospitals in Northern Ireland and we started a 2 week summer scheme which progressed to a Halloween and Easter scheme also.
We also have run very successful cooking and bakery classes, launched our ladies night and ran several amazing Christmas events. We also have run very successful Pamper Therapeutic days for mums who have sadly lost a baby in pregnancy or infant death. For mums life can be very busy, and often they don't have time for themselves or dedicated time to think of the baby they lost. Mums are constantly busy juggling housework, jobs and quite often other children. Our day retreat programme aims to give them time to relax, enjoy a pamper and talk to other mothers who have lost a baby/babies.
We also run family days where the whole family join together for some outdoor fun, have lunch and then a balloon release for the children to release in memory of the brother or sister they lost.
The Foundation recently regenerated a derelict site in Fivemiletown to create a community garden. This is an all-inclusive community space which not only provides gardening and horticultural programmes for local people, youth and schools, but also a place for respite and remembrance for families to plant a tree in memory of a lost one.
The rural nature of our catchment area in Fivemiletown contributes towards deprivation related to isolation and social exclusion among local residents. To combat this we need to expand the services we provide.
A large percentage of locals experience rural poverty, resulting in limited access for young people to engage in any sort of activity outside of standard school hours. Local children are denied developmental opportunities or access to basic services and provision.
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Type of OrganisationPublic Sector
NI Charity NumberNI100777
- Dianna McDowell