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Stillborn charity suspends counselling service through lack of funds

The Petals charity says it is struggling to meet the cost of a growing demand for its service offering support to the parents of stillborn babies. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A charity offering support to the parents of stillborn babies has said it's suspending its service in Cambridge because of a lack of funding.

The Petals charity says it is struggling to meet the cost of a growing demand for its service.

It claims it was promised funding by the local Clinical Commissioning Group but it never materialised.

More than 300 people have been given counselling by the charity in the past year but the CCG has said it's not able to help because of its own financial situation.

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Petals provides almost a hundred sessions a month for women and couples
who've experienced miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal loss.

The support is offered by their five trained counsellors.

The charity has suspended its service offered through the Addenbrooke's and Rosie Hospitals in Cambridge.

Petals says it can't meet the cost of an increased demand for its help.

The charity's founder Karen Burgess says she was led to believe that the local Clinical Commissioning Group would agree to fund their service but it has since turned down their request.

A charity offering support to the parents of stillborn babies has said it's suspending its service in Cambridge because of a lack of funding. Credit: ITV News Anglia

In statement though the clinical commissioning group has said:

"The CCG does not currently fund Petals and sadly it is not in the position to fund any new or additional services due to our financial situation."

Petals has paused its service while it looks for alternative ways to fund the counselling in Cambridge. They say they are still accepting emergency referrals for their help for grieving parents.