A couple are asking for help to name their newborn son because they say ‘nothing compares’ to the name of the daughter they lost last year.
The new addition is Jemma Roberts’ eighth child, she has six boys two girls, Lauren 18, Adam, 15, Rhys, 10, eight-year-old Theo, Kian, five, Khai, two – and Sydney-May, who passed away on December 10th last year, aged three months and four days.
Sydney-May suffered cot death, also known as sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS).
Jemma and her partner Steve, from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire, have yet to name their newest addition to the familu, who they welcomed on October 24th.
So they’ve taken to asking their friends, family and strangers to help them out by voting for their favourite name out of three – Loki, Chay and Tate.
She told UNILAD:
I’m finding it so hard to name him as I loved Sydney’s name so much nothing is matching that and all my boys as you can see are four letters long so I’m trying to keep that going too.
I asked for help because I needed some new ideas, I drew a blank.
I knew I was having a boy from when I was 16 weeks pregnant. A few names cropped up but his Dad and I have not agreed on any as of yet.
I did give it a rest hoping a name would just jump out at me when I saw his face for the first time but nothing I just see perfection in a tiny bundle.
Loki was Steve’s favourite choice, Tate is Jemma’s preferred name – and Chay was picked by Gemma’s eldest son, Adam.
The heartbroken family said they have been left ‘determined and dedicated’ to helping people understand what SIDS is, how to prevent it, and how to cope.
Jemma set up the Sydney-May Trust to not only raise awareness of SIDS, but to provide important equipment for parents who can’t afford it.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, which is more commonly known as ‘cot death’, is when a seemingly healthy child passes away suddenly. While there are a number of speculated causes, nobody knows exactly what causes SIDS.
Jemma told UNILAD:
Losing Sydney shattered my heart, I couldn’t even begin to explain what losing a child does to you.
I’ve never missed a day visiting her resting place she has a beautiful Disney castle protecting her. I set up the Sydney-May Trust to help raise awareness and provide potential life saving Snuza monitors for parents who struggle to pay for them and I also am in the process of buying four headstones for babies that haven’t got one.
Jemma says everything she does is achieved through fundraising and hard work by her friends and family.
She also told UNILAD, her family are supported by Winston’s Wish – a charity for bereaved children – and say they have an open door to the Lullaby Trust, a charity to raise awareness SIDS and offer emotional support for bereaved families.
Wishing the family all the best in choosing their son’s name and for the future.