Hartlepool volunteer awarded for helping parents with baby loss

Emilie De Bruijn is presented with her Volunteer Award by Andrew Clark-Coates, the co-founder and co-CEO of the Mariposa Trust.
Emilie De Bruijn is presented with her Volunteer Award by Andrew Clark-Coates, the co-founder and co-CEO of the Mariposa Trust.

A kind-hearted volunteer who helps people cope with the devastating effects of losing a baby has been recognised for her work.

Hartlepool woman Emilie De Bruijn was honoured with the Volunteer Award at the inaugural Mariposa Awards took place at the Savoy Hotel in London, recognising excellence in the provision of care for people who experience baby loss, as well as acknowledging fundraisers and supporters of the charity.

The awards were launched by the Mariposa Trust, a leading charity working within the field of bereavement support, alongside Coronation Street actress Kym Marsh, who is one of the charities high profile Ambassadors.

The volunteer award looks to recognise the extraordinary efforts of an individual who gives their time to build and expand the work of the charity.

The judges decided unanimously that the efforts of Emilie needed to be rewarded.

She has volunteered for the charity since early 2015, firstly becoming the ‘Service Champion’ Manager, working on the promotion of the charities main events, before taking on the Hospital Relationship team as well in early 2018.

Her hard work has seen the promotion of the charity by hospitals and medical professionals soar over the past six months.

Emilie said: “To say I was shocked to receive this award was an understatement.

“I have an amazing team that I work with and we are all focused on helping people who have experienced baby loss, so whether that be via the charity’s events, via the promotion of the charity in hospitals, or by getting resources into the hands of the bereaved, we want to make a real and lasting difference.

“I would like to thank the judges for this award, which I will share with my teams.”

Emilie was unable to attend the awards ceremony due to a family illness, but was presented with her award by Andrew Clark-Coates BCAh, the co-founder and co-CEO of the charity, following one of its events at Manchester Cathedral.

Zoe Clark-Coates, the other co-founder and co-CEO said: “The Mariposa Awards are about celebrating excellence, recognising the incredible work and care given by people within the medical profession, and also those involved in supporting the work of the charity.

“Baby loss is a traumatic and painful time for parents, as well as their extended family and friends, and the Mariposa Awards are about celebrating the efforts of those who work tirelessly to make a real difference.”