After suffering from the devastating loss of her son, Deniliquin’s Lizzie Murphy is doing whatever she can to help others in a similar situation.
Lizzie and her partner Chris Sutton heartbreakingly lost their son, James, when Miss Murphy was 28 weeks pregnant earlier this year.
During this tough time the couple had strong support from Bears Of Hope Pregnancy & Infant Loss Support.
And now Miss Murphy, 22, is teaming up with local man Dave Downie to help raise awareness and funds for the support group by holding a ‘Beards Of Hope’ fundraiser.
‘‘Bears Of Hope helped us immensely with our grieving,’’ Miss Murphy said.
‘‘I want to help give back to them so they can help others, and at the same time raise awareness about infant loss.
‘‘The main idea of Bears Of Hope is that you receive a bear so you don’t leave the hospital empty handed.
‘‘They also offer plenty of other support with care packages and people you can call who help you through the pain.
‘‘Each day in Australia, six babies are stillborn, three babies die before their first birthday, and a miscarriage occurs every 3 minutes.
‘‘This means about 150,000 families are affected by infant loss each year so I want to do everything within my power to help.’’
Miss Murphy’s ‘Beards Of Hope’ fundraiser will see Mr Downie grow out his beard throughout winter before shaving it off on Friday, September 1.
‘‘I wanted to find someone who people probably haven’t seen without a beard to do the shave just so it’s more noticeable,’’ she said.
‘‘I can’t thank Dave enough for volunteering himself for this.
‘‘We have a target of raising $2,500 but people can donate to Bears Of Hope at any time throughout the year.’’
To donate to Miss Murphy’s fundraiser visit https://beardsofhope2017.gofundraise.com.au/page/ElizabethMurphy3