The Derby Sands baby memorial garden was officially opened on 29th June 2014. The central feature of the garden is a beautiful cocoon shaped sculpture bearing name petals of local babies who died before, during or after birth, designed and fabricated by Rachel Carter.
Around 300 name petals dating from present day back to 1942 have been placed on the cocoon memorial over the past few years and the memorial is almost full.
As more families have learnt about the memorial a second sculpture was commissioned for the garden, a butterfly sculpture with a 4 metre wing span. Able to accommodate hundreds of petals the sculpture was unveiled in Spring 2016.
Derby Sands commissioned Rachel to design and fabricate a second butterfly to sit alongside the original cocoon and butterfly sculptures, unveiled in April 2018 the three sculptures now house over 500 name petals.
To find out more about the work of Derby SANDS please visit www.derbysands.org.uk