A WOKING mum of two who has been helping prevent the tragedy of stillbirth says she is ‘overwhelmed’ to receive the prestigious Points of Light award from the Prime Minister.
Chief Executive of Count the Kicks, Elizabeth Hutton, regularly receives messages from parents whose baby has been saved by the campaign, which was set up in 2009 to educate mums about the importance of monitoring their unborn child by ‘counting the kicks’.
Elizabeth, who’s 35, was inspired to get involved after the loss of her second child, Toby, halfway through her pregnancy. She channeled her overwhelming feelings of loss, and energy she should have been putting into caring for a newborn, into raising awareness of the risks of stillbirth to help prevent other families suffering.
PM David Cameron said: “The work Elizabeth leads at Count the Kicks empowers women and equips them with knowledge to monitor their baby’s health throughout pregnancy.
“The simple wristband they provide to track a baby’s movement is innovative and important in helping mums realise if their baby might need help. I’m delighted to be recognising her work with this Points of Light award.”
The accolade recognises outstanding individual volunteers who are making a change in their community and inspiring others.
Elizabeth added: “I am overwhelmed with this award. The last four years I’ve spent working on this campaign have been a real challenge and, to be having that work recognised by the Prime Minister, is truly amazing.
“I’m inspired every day by stories of babies born sleeping and so while I carry out the work, they are the real points of light behind our campaign.”