Boost for parents’ bid to restore Sunderland children’s cemetery

Peter Taylor (3rd right) a funeral director with some of the volunteers who are trying to raise money to restore and maintain the baby garden in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery.

Peter Taylor (3rd right) a funeral director with some of the volunteers who are trying to raise money to restore and maintain the baby garden in Bishopwearmouth Cemetery.

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PARENTS who pledged to restore a children’s cemetery have been given a cash boost.

The group of families, Sleeping Angels, teamed up to fight for Bishopwearmouth Cemetery’s baby garden – where stillborn and babies who have died before reaching full term are buried – to become a fitting resting place for their children.

They say it has become run down over the years and are appealing to Sunderland City Council to complete the work on the graves, and say they will fund the costs of workmen and equipment themselves.

They have now been handed a cheque for £200 to add to the cash they have raised through fund-raisers.

The money has been donated by Peter Taylor, from Millfield.

The 49-year-old, who works for a funeral director and lives in Bradford, said: “What they have to go through is awful.

“I wanted to help in any way I could. I’ve put collection tins in pubs in Bradford, but it was just coppers really. I’d said I would give them the money, so I just gave them it out of my own pocket.”

Mum Laura Moan, of Hendon, buried her son Jaiden, who died before reaching full term, in the garden in February.

The 23-year-old visits his grave every night with Jaiden’s dad Adam Callaghan, 28, and her other three children.

“It’s been a difficult year,” she said.

“The group want to tidy it up, and put gravel down and things, so we are grateful for this money.”

Anyone who would like to join Sleeping Angels, which meets weekly at The Chesters pub in Chester Road, can search on Facebook under Sunderland baby garden.