Honour roll

The Honour Roll recognises past State and
Territory and National Award recipients

Local Hero

State and Territory Recipient

2019 TAS Local Hero

Ms Vicki Purnell

State: Tasmania

When the daughter of a friend gave birth to a stillborn child in 2013, Vicki Purnell found a compassionate way to help. With her talent for sewing, she formed Bridie's Blossoms, creating more than 460 beautiful outfits for stillborn babies, so they can be farewelled with love and dignity.

When the daughter of a friend gave birth to a stillborn child in 2013, Vicki Purnell found a unique and compassionate way to help. Another friend had told her how, when her daughter had lost a tiny baby, the hospital simply did not have the resources to present it to her in a compassionate way.

With her talent for sewing, Vicki formed Bridie's Blossoms, creating beautiful outfits for stillborn babies and keepsakes for parents. Since 2013, she has delivered more than 460 Bridie's Blossoms packages to six Tasmanian hospitals and funeral homes. The garments are designed for ease of dressing fragile little babies.

Vicki's service is unique in Tasmania; everything is handmade, with materials purchased from her own pocket. Vicki has expanded into creating personalized memory quilt keepsake packages and until recently worked with a local woodwork guild to fit-out and line hand-crafted wooden coffins.

Vicki uses her skills to ease the trauma for parents of stillborn babies and help farewell them with love and dignity.

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