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2019/20: The Scottish Cot Death Trust

2019/20: The Scottish Cot Death Trust

In Scotland a baby or young child dies suddenly and unexpectedly every nine days.

The Scottish Cot Death Trust is the only charity in Scotland dedicated to the sudden unexpected death of babies and young children.

As well as funding medical research into the causes of sudden infant death, the charity educates the public and professionals about cot death and how to reduce the risks of it, and supports families through bereavement support, counselling, vital equipment, home visits, play therapy and peer support. Families like Rose’s…

“Our beautiful 3rd child, Kacey Marie Morton Sibbald, was born on 11 September 2014. One week overdue, after a 48-hour labour, we welcomed our healthy baby weighing 6lbs 14oz. Kacey was a happy baby and so alert; she was perfect.

On 19 October 2014, our world shattered when Kacey died in her sleep, aged just 5 weeks and 3 days. It was a pain like no other we had ever felt.

We’ve been blessed with 2 more girls since the loss of Kacey – Rose and Jasmine. The Scottish Cot Death Trust provided apnoea monitors for them. We don’t know what we would have done without them. They also helped to ensure I received CPR training after having Rose.

Kacey’s life was short but filled with so much love.”

Through the Scottish Cot Death Trust, Rose and her partner were helped by a community support worker, who visited them at home and kept in regular contact during the pregnancy to offer emotional support.

When Rose and Jasmine were born, the family were provided with an apnoea monitor, which tracks the breathing and heart rate of sleeping babies. This little device is a lifeline for parents who have experienced the previous unexplained death of a healthy baby.

The family have received support through sibling support books and family days, as well as peer support for Rose and her partner to meet other bereaved parents.

Global’s Make Some Noise is proud to support the charity’s ‘Families – Moving Forward Together’ project which provides a range of services and a Bereavement Support Worker for families who have been bereaved of a baby or young child.

Families can access counselling following the tragic death of a baby or young child. They can meet other families who understand what they’ve been through at family days. And children who live through the death of a sibling or born into a family after the death of a sibling can access play therapy and sibling support books to help them understand grief and encourage them to talk.

With your help, we can support The Scottish Cot Death Trust and many more charities across the UK.



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