Mum loses locks to help stillbirth support charity
A BRAVE mum whose first baby was stillborn has performed a selfless act in tribute to the St Austell charity that helped her through the turmoil.
At 17 Emily Tamblin gave birth at 33 weeks to little Cameron Kenneth James Tamblin on April 29, 2006. But the tiny tot was stillborn and Emily's grief spiralled into depression.
Emily, now 25, and her husband Lee, of Polgrean Place, St Blazey, spent the day alongside their families treasuring Cameron.
She said: "It was the most traumatic thing I had ever been through. I didn't cope. I didn't eat and I was suicidal."
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The mum of four said if it wasn't for Lee and their families she would never have learnt to cope with the grief.
The charity Forget Me Not, recommended by her bereavement counsellor, showed Emily she wasn't alone. She met the founder, Jenny Moore, who had also suffered the loss of a baby, at a Forget Me Not balloon release in memory of babies lost at birth or during pregnancy.
"Jenny was an inspiration. She showed me life can go on after the loss of a child," said Emily.
The Tamblin family now includes Payton, 5, Teagan, 4, and Cody-Jay, 4 months, and the siblings know they have an older brother who they cherish too.
To give something back Emily organised a fun day on Sunday at Nanpean Social Club, which culminated with her and her sister-in-law Leanne – who decided on the spur of the moment to join in with the stunt – both having their locks shorn by niece Jodie Weeks.
Other activities raised more than £700 and once the ladies' sponsorship is received it is likely to top more than £1,000. Emily added: "I'd like to say a big thank you to everybody who helped, there were so many people."
The money raised will help Forget Me Not to install a £2,500 granite memorial at Penmount Crematorium, Truro, which will provide a special place where families who have lost babies during pregnancy or at birth can go. Fundraising for the stone is continuing.
Emily was presented by Forget Me Not with a framed illustration of baby Cameron drawn by artist Tamsin Dearing to say thank you.