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The Luca Foundation

2321. Sharon Luca-Chatha

Sharon Luca-Chatha, from Warwickshire, has supported over 8,000 parents who have lost a baby through the foundation she set up in memory of her son Luca, who was stillborn in 2012.

Following Luca’s birth, Sharon was given limited time to say goodbye to him, while coming to terms with the shock of his loss. She has since dedicated her life to ensuring that bereaved parents do not go through the difficulties and trauma that she and her husband, Jaz, faced. 

A part of that was not having a ‘CuddleCot’, a device that can give families up to an extra week with their baby, as they were not available at that time. Following the introduction of ‘CuddleCots’, Sharon realised having access to one of these could help limit the severe trauma that she experienced, and she decided to supply them to every maternity unit in England and Wales, allowing parents to make memories and say goodbye. 

‘The Luca Foundation’ became a charity in 2020, and works closely with the NHS to distribute, and repair ‘CuddleCots’. The Foundation also raises funds to provide research and training to reduce infant mortality, as well as providing resources and facilities to support families through child bereavement.

Congratulating Sharon on her award, the Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Wright, Sharon’s local MP for Kenilworth and Southam, said: 

“I am happy to hear that Sharon Luca-Chatha has been nominated for a Points of Light award for her great work in establishing ‘The Luca Foundation’.

“I first came across the work of ‘The Luca Foundation’ last year whilst promoting Small Charities Week and am delighted she is being recognised in this way.

“I hope this award can raise the profile of ‘The Luca Foundation’ and help them to reach more struggling families.”

Sharon said:

“This is a wonderful recognition and something the whole team is very proud to have.

“We are deeply grateful and humbled to receive this recognition for our charitable organisation, which was established in loving memory of our son. With the unwavering support of numerous individuals, we have successfully repaired well over 100 ‘CuddleCots’, thereby providing solace and support to countless bereaved parents who have experienced the profound loss of a child.” 

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