Hospital chaplains are providing a new way for bereaved families to pay respect to babies and children who have died.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the normal service at the University Hospital of North Tees will not take place.
Instead, the chaplaincy team have created a Teddy bear’s picnic display. Here bereaved relatives can leave a soft toy and a message.
Chaplain Dave Russon said: “Sadly the memorial service – held to help and support bereaved families through their loss and grief – can’t take place this year.
“But we want to still do what we can so that the memories of babies and children who have tragically died can still be honoured.
“This is a way of allowing this to happen while still ensuring we maintain a safe environment in the building.”
For further information and support with grief after bereavement or loss, visit NHS England.