Costain lights up Cornwall for Baby Loss Awareness Week 2023
16 October 2023
Costain turned Tolgroggan Bridge pink and blue on Friday as part of Baby Loss Awareness Week (9-15 October). The bridge is a structure the company is building as part of the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross Dualling scheme.
Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 21st year, is a nationwide opportunity for everyone in the baby loss community and beyond, to come together to remember, and commemorate, their much-loved and missed babies. The week provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss and the vital work needed to improve pregnancy outcomes and save babies’ lives.
Baby Loss Awareness Week is recognised across the world and culminates with the “Wave of Light” on 15 October. This is a special time when people across the world light a candle at 7pm local time and leave it burning to remember all babies that have died too soon.
Cherilyn Mackrory, Member of Parliament for Truro and Falmouth approached Costain to see if the week could be marked by lighting one of the bridges; she said: “This week was a sad time for everyone impacted by Baby Loss, including me; but it was also a celebration of the lives of the lost children in our communities. I am delighted that Tolgroggan Bridge was lit, to show parents in Cornwall that their loss is not forgotten.”
Costain lit Tolgroggan Bridge in pink and blue, the colours of the Baby Loss Awareness Week, on Friday 13 October. The bridge is a new structure, built as part of the A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross upgrade project, which Costain is delivering on behalf of National Highways in order to reduce congestion, improve journey times, unlock growth, and better connect communities.
John Lee, Project Director for Costain said: “We hope lighting the bridge will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their loss. Costain and the A30 team is proud to support this campaign and help to raise awareness of this charity and their work in Cornwall.”
Clea Harmer, Chief Executive of Sands and Chair of the Baby Loss Awareness Alliance, said: “Last year, Baby Loss Awareness Week explored the steps that people take along their grief journey, and communities really engaged and resonated with that. It gave people the opportunity to explore their own experiences, learn from others and base their Baby Loss Awareness Week activities around that. This year, we are exploring that theme again and we hope that, together, we can reassure anyone who finds themselves on their own grief journey, and we hope that the A30 project raising awareness in Cornwall can show that there are communities out there that exist to help, whatever step of your journey you are on.”
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Notes to Editors
About the 30 Chiverton-Carland Cross Dualling Scheme
The A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross is the largest infrastructure project to be built in Cornwall for many years. The new dual carriageway is scheduled to be opened at the end of winter 2023/2024 and further scheme updates are available at National Highways’ A30 Chiverton to Carland Cross web page: https://nationalhighways.co.uk/our-roads/south-west/a30-chiverton-to-carland-cross/
The cost of developing the scheme is being partly funded by an £8 million contribution from the European Regional Development Fund, with an additional £12 million for the construction phase. The remainder of the cost of developing and delivering the scheme is being funded by central Government.