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Stamford snowdrop walk to remember loved ones

An inaugural snowdrop walk and planting will be taking place this weekend to remember loved ones and to raise awareness of stillborn babies.

The Stamford snowdrop walk and planting will raise money for Child Bereavement UK, MindSpace Stamford, and Stamford in Bloom.

Frankie with Ayla and Jago holding a photo of Esme
Frankie with Ayla and Jago holding a photo of Esme

It was the idea of Frankie Brunker, whose daughter Esme was stillborn at full term in 2013.

Frankie, 35, who moved to Stamford in 2017 along with her husband Mark, deputy head teacher at Bourne Grammar School, said: “I think it’s a positive way to get out and do something that’s really good in memory of a loved one.

“At Esme’s funeral, the poem Little Snowdrop was read out and it’s quite a poignant reference to stillbirths. Snowdrops are a good way of giving hope and are also a poignant tribute to loved ones.

“We used to do snowdrop walks as a family when we were in Hertfordshire, so I thought I would start one here in Stamford.

“It’s a good community tribute and I want it to be a really inclusive community event where anybody can come along and plant some snowdrop bulbs.

“Ann Ellis from Stamford in Bloom has been a real driving force and it will brighten up the Recreation Ground.”

Frankie, mum to Jago, four, and Ayla, 22 months, said that she also wanted to raise awareness of stillbirths and get more people to open up about it.

“My own pregnancy with Esme was normal and I didn’t really think about stillbirth at the time,” she said.

“Stillbirth is still a taboo subject in our society and there’s still a long way to go.

“The problem is that some women in our society do not want to be seen to be making a fuss.

“But we should try to remember that each mum knows her body best.”

At such an obviously upsetting time, the Frankie and her family received support from Child Bereavement UK and she also wrote a children’s picture book ‘These Precious Little People’ because she felt there was a lack of good quality support resources available.

Stamford in Bloom will provide the snowdrop bulbs and some volunteers, with MindSpace opening up The Shack for refreshments.

The snowdrop walk and planting is from 11am to 3pm on Saturday and Sunday and meets by The Shack on Stamford Recreation Ground.

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