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Our first 2020 Proud to be Local winner

Our first charity funding winner of 2020 is announced

Here at NYEs we are proud to be serving our community. As well as providing expert advice and supplies to a wide range of customers from across Sussex and Surrey, we are pleased to go beyond this by supporting the incredible charities that are undertaking important work to help those in need in our district.

We are delighted, therefore, to announce the latest winner of our Proud to be Local campaign, and the recipient of £1,000 funding, is a small charity set up by Lucy Willis to support parents who are dealing with the devastation of losing a baby called Upon Butterfly Wings.

 The charity, founded in 2011, has donated thousands of knitted, crocheted and sewn burial clothes, blankets, cribs and teddies to hospitals, mortuaries and bereavement services across the UK. The items are specifically designed and made for babies who have sadly passed away, whether from early miscarriage, premature birth, stillbirth, or neonatal death.

Lucy, who set up Upon Butterfly Wings in memory of her son, Bobby, who was stillborn in 2009, said:

“Losing a child is the worst thing imaginable for families who often end up feeling isolated, alone and confused. Upon Butterfly Wings is here to offer some comfort and support to parents during an extremely difficult time and provide a small sense of ‘normality’.

We are a small volunteer run charity with no financial support so we are absolutely thrilled to have won the £1,000 funding. We would like to thank NYEs Building Supplies for its support and everyone who voted for us, everyone who voted for us and all the ladies who volunteer their time to make these special items. In particular, I want to personally thank my team - Bobby’s Nanna, Belinda, and Vicki and Dee who work so hard behind the scenes in memory of their sons, Arlo and Sylvian. This will make a huge difference.”

Our Managing Director, Rex Nye, added:

“Upon Butterfly Wings’ work is immensely important to the families who are going through baby loss and bereavement and we are delighted to support them. We hope the £1,000 will make a huge difference to families who are suffering from such a devastating loss.”