Pictured Above:  The Maternity Wing at St Peter’s Hospital was lit up in blue and pink from 9th-15th October 2020 to recognise Baby Loss Awareness Week, remembering those babies’ who have sadly died.

Baby Loss Awareness Week is an opportunity to support bereaved families and commemorate babies' lives.

Any baby loss is tragic and causes deep distress and pain for the parents and their family. If a baby dies before 24 completed weeks of pregnancy, it is known as a miscarriage. Miscarriages are more common than most people think and each pregnancy carries a 1:4 chance of miscarriage. A stillbirth is when a baby is born dead after 24 weeks of pregnancy; this happens in around 1:225 births in England.

St Peter's Hospital have an Early Pregnancy Unit to help parents with losses up to the first 12 weeks of pregnancy.

Read more: Baby Loss Awareness Week at St.Peter's | October 9th to 15th


Pictured Above: Lynn with son Lewis Jenkins and daughter’s boyfriend Josh Hathaway on the Long Walk in Windsor

Samaritans   volunteer Lynn Jenkins raised almost £1000 for her local branch in the 2020 “virtual” London marathon.

Lynn, who lives in Forest Park, Bracknell, won a place in the London Marathon ballot that was planned to be run in April this year.  Initially disappointed that the Marathon didn’t go ahead, and then that the 4 October London event would be for elite athletes only, Lynn continued training through the summer. She then realised she could after all fulfil her ambition, as the organisers agreed that runners could do it from wherever they were by downloading an app to track and log their time.

She wore her London Marathon number on her green Samaritans’ vest and completed the 26.2 miles personal challenge in very wet weather on a route that included Swinley Forest and Windsor Great Park.


Read more: Local Samaritan Raises Huge Sum in 'Virtual' London Marathon


Samaritans   OCTOBER 2020   

Ahead of World Mental Health Day this Saturday 10th October, Bracknell, Wokingham, Ascot and districts Samaritans is reminding people to check in and support anyone who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic with anyone who might be struggling during the coronavirus pandemic.

At a time when looking after our mental health and connecting with others is more important than ever, the suicide prevention charity is sharing useful information to help people spot the signs that someone isn’t okay.

Centred around the belief that everyone has the ability to make a difference, the resources provide information on how to help someone having suicidal thoughts, what to do if someone is self-harming as well as advice on self-care and looking after emotional wellbeing.

Branch Director at Bracknell, Wokingam, Ascot and districts Samaritans, Chris Lindsay  said: “As the pandemic continues, we must remember to prioritise our mental health and stay connected with others. The age of social distancing has meant people are having less face to face contact so it can be much harder to spot signs that someone might be struggling.

Read more: World Mental Health Day | Samaritans Reminder

Royal Borough Christmas lights update |  Work to install the Christmas lights in Ascot, will begin in the week starting October 17th 


Work to install Christmas lights in the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead begins this month, but the usual Christmas lights switch on events won’t go ahead due to COVID-19 restrictions.  

Councillor Samantha Rayner, deputy leader of the council, resident and leisure services, said: “Christmas is a very important time for local businesses and many residents, and the Royal Borough’s Christmas lights are a much-loved part of the festive season.

 “Sadly, due to the current COVID-19 restrictions, and the uncertainty over when these will be lifted, we’ve taken the difficult decision not to go ahead with the usual live switch on events this year.

“The health of our residents, visitors, performers and volunteers is our priority, we don’t want to put anyone at risk and the nature of the switch on events makes it difficult for social distancing to take place and for track and trace to be used.

Read more: Ascot Christmas Lights | Installation Work Starts October 17th


Little Muddy Boots face to face lesson sell out! Parents desperate to include more outdoor play in their day...Since re-opening the Little Muddy Boots face to face classes after lockdown, the outdoor toddler and pre-school classes held at Jealotts Hill Community Landshare in Warfield have been fully booked with additional sessions being added due to demand really emphasising the ‘importance of outdoor play’ during this pandemic. “Children aged 1-4 are advised to spend at least 3 hours per day being physically active.” (NHS, 2020)

Parents have been really keen to get their toddlers and pre-schoolers back into a ‘normal’ routine since lockdown restrictions lifted; playing, learning and developing outside but most importantly
socialising after months of limited interactions for both children and their accompanying adults. We also know at Little Muddy Boots that “time spent in high quality outdoor environments has been linked to children having a leaner body and better night time sleep.” (Soderstrom, 2013) The outdoor environment is a great setting for the families with the fresh air and autumn sunshine.

Several changes have been made to the Little Muddy Boots garden to make it Covid safe. This has included individual family kits for each lesson, disinfecting garden tools and toys in between
sessions, social distanced seating and a new outdoor toilet - solely for the use of class members. The changes have been well received and everyone has just settled back into the garden as

Read more: Little Muddy Boots | Outdoor Play is Big Hit After Lockdown!


Cumberland Lodge, the charity based in a former royal residence in Windsor Great Park, is offering new opportunities to get involved in its growing volunteers network.

Founded in 1947, the organisation specialises in embracing ‘difficult conversations’ and ‘disagreeing well’, by bringing together leaders, influencers, students and young people for candid conversations on pressing social and ethical issues. It is based in a beautiful 17th-century house that was granted to the original foundation in 1947 by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother).

As part of its charitable mission, it hosts a diverse and exciting programme of events throughout the year, including cultural and educational events for the local community.

There are currently opportunities for people with relevant skills and experience to volunteer by providing administrative support to the staff team, or helping to organise the extensive library and archive collections, or by having a more public-facing role in welcoming guests to events such as public talks and open days at the Lodge.


Read more: Cumberland Lodge Seeks Volunteers


The Royal Borough are warning about a Covid-related scam which is currently doing the rounds.