Knights help launch Red Nose Day 

BOND: Kristy Brown with Harvey, 9 months, and Knights’ Robbie Rochow. Picture: Jonathan CarrollIT was the first time Kristy Brown and Knights back-rower Robbie Rochow had met, but the pair already shared a sad understanding: both of their families have grieved the loss of a baby.

Mrs Brown and other bereaved parents joined forces with the Newcastle Knights on Tuesdayto launch Sids and Kids’ Red Nose Day, to be held on June 28.

The organisation is fund-raising throughout June to support those affected by the death of a baby or child during pregnancy, birth, infancy or childhood.

Mrs Brown, of Beresfield, said her GP recommended she visit the Sids and Kids office at Hamilton South after she and husband, Elijah, lost their baby in 2010.

‘‘It would be the best thing I’ve ever done,’’ she said.

‘‘As soon as I walked in that door, I was welcomed as part of the family.

‘‘The support they provided 24/7, their love, their compassion, their cuddles – you’re never judged and no question is too silly.’’

Sids and Kids services include a drop-in centre, 24/7 support, one-on-one counselling, memorial services twice a year and a support group.

The Browns sadly lost another two babies in utero before Mrs Brown gave birth to son Harvey, now nine months old.

‘‘The depression and anxiety may have got the better of me and taken over my thoughts to not keep going and made me think I was not meant to be a mum,’’ she said.

‘‘Their help has made me a stronger person – they gave me the confidence to bounce back and try again.’’

Newcastle Knights player Robbie Rochow had also seen first-hand the work of the organisation.

‘‘My mum lost her first born and my brother James at 10weeks, he died of cot death and stopped breathing in his sleep,’’ he said.

‘‘Although it happened before I was born, it has greatly impacted my life – it’s always been part of my mum’s life and I used to help her sell red noses at shopping centres.’’

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