Inaugural Walk Brings in Over Thirty-Three Grand in Support Of Newborn Bereavement

Fundraiser Established in Memory of Bridget

Over 400 people braved the elements in the name of Infant and Pregnancy Loss Awareness Month.

The inaugural Bridget’s Run at Barrie’s Centennial Park recently raised just over $33,000, with funds committed to providing comfort kits to patients at RVH in the days following the loss of a pregnancy or infant. Money will also go towards the RVH Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and Bereavement Program.

from left to right: Laura Hurst, RVH Maternal Child and Youth Social Worker, Charmaine Smith, RVH, Manager, Obstetrics , Mat and Theresa Morrison
(photo credit Kelly Pottage, RVH)

Mat and Theresa Morrison founded Bridget’s Run in memory of their daughter. “The number of participants and funds raised was well beyond our original expectations and I think it is an illustration of what can happen when a community pulls together to support each other during times of grief,” says Theresa. “Each person was there to honour the memory of their baby or to support their loved ones who had experienced a loss. Knowing that their participation will help future patients who have to say goodbye to their baby too soon was extremely meaningful for all involved.”