Oscar's Wish founder Gemma Kybert with the charity's Love-a-Bear Memory Bears while Lisa Todhunter and Teresa Smith show two of the hand-painted mugs they have presented to Gemma.

Special gift brings tears to the eyes of charity founder

A box of mugs, hand-painted, glazed and fired at Kilnwood Studio in Uckfield have been presented to Oscar’s Wish Foundation, a charity providing support for families following the loss of a baby.

Painting them was a labour of love for Lisa Todhunter at the studio. There were two layers of paint inside the mugs, some blue and some pink, and three layers on the outside featuring the charity’s name and Love-a-Bear Memory Bear.

It was then the job of Teresa Smith to glaze and fire the mugs ready for presentation to Gemma Kybert, from Buxted, who set up the foundation after losing her son Oscar six months into her pregnancy.

Gemma accepted the mugs yesterday and said she was overwhelmed by the gift which would be a wonderful surprise for fellow trustees.  They would sit down and discuss how best to use them to benefit the charity and the people they help.

Lisa and Teresa said they were pleased to support Oscar’s Wish. They had presented one mug to Gemma, a customer at Kilnwood Studio, and then offered to make more. “I cried all the way home when they gave me my mug,” she said. “And I’ll probably do the same again today.”

A cuddly Love-a-Bear Memory Bear is given to each of the families helped by the charity as a way of showing they care, so, she said, it means a lot to see him on each of the mugs.

Oscar’s Wish offers a range of resources, information and support programmes for people following the loss of a baby, not just for parents and other relatives, but for siblings too.

Gemma said many people never talk about their loss but the charity encourages parents to celebrate their children’s anniversaries, and make the most of precious memories.

Read more about Oscar’s Wish Foundation on their website or by emailing oscarswishfoundation@gmail.com.

• Contact details for Kilnwood Studio can be found 24/7 in our Uckfield Directory. Look for the name or search in categories for Arts and Crafts or Pottery Painting.

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