The Pip Bangle features gorgeous red and green seed beads and a delicate apple charm. Each one is handmade and unique and £1 from every purchase goes to the wonderful Apple Tree Foundation. Here’s a little info about why we want to support this amazing charity and a message from the organisers –
Hello, our names are Rebecca and Chas Knight. On the 10th December 2014, our beautiful daughter Pip (Applepip as she was known to us) was diagnosed with Patau Syndrome during our routine 20 week scan. Following further tests and discussion with our consultant, we were told that sadly she would not be ‘viable for life’. As such, we made the heart breaking decision to end the pregnancy at 22 weeks. On the 19th of December, and after 16 hours of labour, Pip was born sleeping. We had a precious couple of hours with our daughter which we will always cherish and be grateful for before we finally said our goodbyes.
Patau Syndrome (also known as Trisomy 13) is a chromosomal condition associated with severe intellectual disability and physical abnormalities in many parts of the body. Individuals with Trisomy 13 often have heart defects, brain or spinal cord abnormalities, very small or poorly developed eyes (Microphthalmia), extra fingers or toes, an opening in the lip (a cleft lip) with or without an opening in the roof of the mouth (a cleft palate), and weak muscle tone (Hypotonia). Due to the presence of several life-threatening medical problems few babies make full term. Those who are born die within their first days or weeks of life. Only five to ten per cent of children with the condition live past their first year.
Our Charity, The Apple Tree Foundation, aims to raise awareness of Patau Syndrome and raise money for the Maternity unit at our local hospital. We will also be using the money raised to create a space that parents can go to after receiving devastating news from a routine scan. It is at this point that our journey began and having this would have made a difference to us, however small it may have been. We aim to get the room named after Pip.
With every Pip bangle you buy, £1 will be donated to The Apple Tree foundation. You will be helping to offer comfort at a truly tragic time and you will have a beautiful piece of jewellery to treasure in memory of our daughter, Pip.