The Elaine Thorp Award for Bereavement Care aims to recognise the vital work done by midwives, nurses, and other health professionals to care for parents affected by pregnancy loss or the death of their baby. 

Congratulations to this year’s winner, Julie Wills, who received her award at this year’s Sands Garden Day on 22 June. 

Julie is a Midwife at St Michael's Hospital in Bristol and was nominated by two family members; bereaved mum, Natalie and grandparent, Julie.

Nominations for the 2025 Elaine Thorp Award for Bereavement Care are now open! 

So if you’ve been inspired by Julie's story and would like to thank a health professional whose bereavement care had a big impact on your wellbeing after pregnancy or baby loss please tell us why you think they should win

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Who was Elaine Thorp?

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Dr Clea Harmer with Julie Wills

The latest winner, Julie Wills

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Why bereavement care matters

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Previous winner Gemma Sayer accepts the award from Chief Midwifery Officer for England, Kate Brintworth

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