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I wanted to help get the message across after losing my baby to cot death; MUM ON HER TIRELESS WORK TO HELP PREVENT MORE TRAGEDIES We are not trying to scare people, we just want to work to reduce cot death.

Byline: CARLA TALBOT

A mum who tragically lost her baby to cot death will return to the places she first started working in to help families avoid a similar tragedy.

Liz Miller, 62, faced every parent's worst nightmare in March 1991 when she lost her 11-weekold daughter Josephine to Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

The heartbroken mum decided in 2011 to start volunteering for the Scottish Cot Death Trust.

Liz, who also has a son Michael, now 34, started her quest of visiting nurseries to help train staff in safe sleeping techniques.

Now, almost nine years later and having travelled across the country for the charity in a bid to help reduce the number of cot deaths every year, Liz is returning to where she started in Renfrewshire.

She will be visiting nurseries later this month where she will be using new training materials to educate staff members.

Her visits will start with Nursery Times in Paisley's Neilston Road - the very first place she started the training.

The role has a special place in her heart, the dedicated mum is surprised to be still continuing her hard work almost a decade later.

Liz, from Renfrew, said: "I really did not think I would still be doing this all these years later.

"We weren't really sure how the training would take off so I can't believe the time that has gone by.

"In all this time all I have wanted to do is get the message out there and make people aware of this.

"We are not trying to scare people, we just want to continue the work we are doing to reduce cot death."

The Scottish Cot Death Trust has raised millions of pounds for vital research and works with researchers at home and overseas.

It also educates professionals and parents about reducing risks to babies.

Cot death is referred to as Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI) the term Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is also often used.

In Scotland, one healthy baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly every nine days from SUDI.

This has drastically reduced in the years since Liz lost baby Josephine, when it was one child every two days who tragically died.

Liz added: "There has been a massive drop in the statistics since I lost Josephine but it has been one-in-nine for a very long time and has not gone down any further.

"That is something I would like to change and we will just have to keep on doing what we are doing while there are people burying their babies for no reason."

Liz is encouraging Express readers to get involved with the Trust.

She added: "There are more than 5,000 nurseries in Scotland, so we need volunteers to help us continue providing the training across the country.

"Anyone can volunteer for the charity.

"You do not have to personally be affected by cot death to help us make a difference."

Volunteer for trust ?The Scottish Cot DeathTrust is appealing for volunteers to help them continue their work in educating people on Sudden Unexpected Death in Infancy (SUDI).

They have hailed Liz as a "charity champion"and are keen to get more people in the Renfrewshire community to help continue training across the areas nurseries in the area and also across the country.

Lynsay Allan, THETRUST's executive director, said:"We are forever grateful for the work Liz does for the trust.

"As a volunteer she nearly doubles the amount of people who participate in our sessions.

"Liz also assists with our events - she is our charity champion."

"Raising awareness and fundraising is crucial for us as with any small charity.

"We are always grateful for people coming forward to help at fundraising events and by organising their own activities - we are always looking for volunteers to help in any way they can" "Although SUDI rates have dropped significantly since the early 1990s, in Scotland a baby dies suddenly and unexpectedly every nine days - the support and education services we offer are still as important as ever."

For more information on how you can volunteer please visit https:// scottishcotdeathtrust.org/ volunteering-with-us/ Training Liz at Nursery Times with staff Rachel Doherty, Booklyn Graham and Emma Easdon

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
Date:Jul 20, 2019
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