Over the last few months, I’ve been working with Heartfelt to offer the gift of photographic memories to families who have experienced stillbirth or premature birth, or have children with serious or terminal illnesses.

Heartfelt operates nation-wide and all of its services are provided free of charge.

I won’t be posting any of the images I’ve provided through Heartfelt at this stage – sometime soon I hope to be able to share a selection with you – but for those who have been aware of my desire to offer this service to families over the last 2-3 years, I’m pleased to report that Heartfelt is finally finding its feet here in Newcastle.

Lee Illfield and I are coordinating Heartfelt’s local efforts, and together with the national leadership, we’d appreciate your help creating more awareness of the organisation! You may also want to make a donation, or if you’re a photographer who could work with Heartfelt, please consider joining (you’ll receive plenty of support).

Meanwhile, here’s an interview Lee and I had with Carol Duncan on 1233 ABC Newcastle this afternoon. Thanks so much for your support, Carol!

7 June 2011 - 8.58pm

Melissa Laidler - Luke,
This is something really close to my heart having had my first niece not make it. Not only is it really important for the parents, but as I’m now thinking, it’s also something really important for any future siblings the child may have.
Thankyou so much for putting so much effort into this. It’s really important.

17 May 2011 - 11.25pm

melanie diven - Oh Luke
That is so special . I’m all teary now just thinking bout it . Parents need to have special memories at such a sad time . I’ve seen some photos taken and they are so beautiful. Let me know how I can help with anything up this way.

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