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Pride of Britain: The father using his personal tragedy to support other grieving parents

We have been asking for your nominations for people in our region that go the extra mile to help others and raise money for charity.

Four individuals have been shortlisted for the chance to become the Midlands finalist for the Pride of Britain Regional Fundraiser of the Year.

Richard Daniels and his wife Michelle were dealt one of life's hardest blows in 2013 when their daughter Emily was stillborn.

To add to their grief at the time they were surrounded by the sounds of newborn babies and joyful families. Richard described it as a "double loss".

You're being reminded of the things you should be doing - baby changing, nappies, there's a cot in the room, pictures of smiling babies - and you're there without that.

– Richard Daniels

He said: "You're coping with your loss and then you're coping with being completely alien to everything around you.

"You're being reminded of the things you should be doing: baby changing, nappies, there's a cot in the room, pictures of smiling babies.

And you're there without that. It makes it a really difficult experience."

Richard and his wife fundraised for 'serenity suites' for bereaved parents. Credit: ITV News Central

Richard and Michelle set up the charity 'Forever Stars' in Emily's memory and began to raise money to create a tranquil and quiet space for bereaved parents to be with their child away from the labour ward.

They raised £115,000 for this Serenity suite at Queens Medical Centre, the hospital where Emily was born.

Stars like Sir Paul McCartney have donated signed items to help Richard raise thousands for a second serenity suite at Nottingham City Hospital.

Richard wants to raise £1 million for a memorial garden in Nottingham. Credit: ITV News Central

Forever Stars has also funded a counsellor to help the siblings of baby loss parents.

The current project is a £1 million memorial garden at Highfields Park in Nottingham, for people who've lost babies and children.

It will have water features, picnic and play areas and a copper tree of remembrance.

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