BUILDINGS and entrances at the Bradford Royal Infirmary (BRI) have been lit up in blue and pink in memory of babies who died very early in their lives.

It's to mark national Baby Loss Awareness Week (October 9-15) and the simple gesture of remembrance will form a wave of light across the country at 7pm on October 15.

Charlotte Berry, who works for the Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, asked if the Trust could join in the illuminations in memory of her baby, Liyla Hope, and all the other babies who have passed away.

Liyla was born at the BRI in 2014 but sadly only survived for three days.

Since then Charlotte has fundraised for the special care baby unit and also has supported SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity, which joins in the awareness week.

“Being a mum of a baby who is no longer with us, I’m very passionate about this and forever grateful for the amazing care Liyla received at the BRI,” said Charlotte.

“I’d like to not only highlight the month of October for other bereaved parents, but for BRI itself for the amazing work it does every single day.

"Anything I can do to remember Liyla is always such a joy, so I’m very pleased the Trust is joining in this special event.”

In the year following Liyla’s death, Charlotte and Liyla’s dad James found joy when another baby daughter, Meyla Faite, came into their lives.

Now in its 17th year, Baby Loss Awareness Week is an alliance of more than 60 charities and organisations, aiming to raise awareness of the key issues around pregnancy and baby loss in the UK.

Throughout the week, bereaved parents, their families and friends unite to commemorate the lives of babies who died during pregnancy, at or soon after birth and in infancy.

Charlotte added: “The lights really do look beautiful; I feel so honoured to be part of the Trust.”