Today, in collaboration with Aidan's Elephants and the Sunbeam Support Group - Keighley and Craven, joined by families, friends, midwives and doctors we officially unveiled the Tree of Tranquillity and the Sunbeam Garden in Aierdale.
This project started about 6 years ago when we at SiMBA were contacted to ask about a Tree for the area, something we were happy to support, and honoured that the news of our Trees was spreading further away. Helen from Aidan’s Elephants, who the organisation is named after, had a mission to have a beautiful Tree close to where her son was born, so they too had a place to honour all babies who have died, a place to see their names together.
Beverley Beaumont, Bereavement Midwife from Aierdale, with support from midwives Gemma and Dawn, set up the Sunbeam Support group and part of their plans was to have a garden, which they have worked tirelessly to secure, and that garden would become the home for the Tree of Tranquillity.
In 2017 the funds had been raised by parents and families offering support to Aidan’s Elephants and a site for the Garden was found.
In May 2018, the Tree of Tranquillity travelled from Scotland to its home in the Sunbeam Garden, Aierdale, and was put in place by Grant of G Fitzsimmons and son and the first set of leaves attached. The Tree has been handcrafted from copper and bears individual copper leaves which can be engraved. Each one represents a baby who will always be remembered and always loved.
Yesterday a further 23 leaves with beautiful messages of dedication were attached to the tree so they were in place for the official unveiling.
We were so honoured to have SiMBA, Aidan’s Elephants, the Sunbeam group, friends and family to help us all through this journey. We are Blessed to have each and every one of you in our lives.
Violet, who is Aidan’s younger sister, talks about Grant saying “that nice Scottish man”, bonds each leaf to the Tree, a beautiful rainbow shines across them. A lovely analogy from a child. That is true and so poignant, a symbol of the colour and light that our babies brought and still bring to the world.
SiMBA were delighted to be honoured with the Pride of Aierdale award for their ‘beautiful Tree of Tranquillity’.
A beautiful, important day for us all.