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Fundraiser in Guildford for 10 babies stillborn every day

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Fundraiser in Guildford for 10 babies stillborn every day

Published at 10:04am 16th July 2017. (Updated at 9:49pm 16th July 2017)

Around 10 babies are dying each day through stillbirth.

The Government has set a target to reduce that figure by half by 2030.

A Surrey charity will push forward with plans to tackle the issue at a Guildford fundraiser today.

The family fun day at Sutherland Memorial park will take place from 10am this morning (July 16) - 4.00pm. 

Organised by Kicks Count, there will be a number of events including a tombola, face painting, children’s activities, stalls and refreshments, plus much more.

At 12:30 CBeebies favourite Katy Ashworth will be performing on the main stage followed by a meet and greet. 

Earlier this week, member of the Surrey branch of Kicks Count handed a petition in to Downing g Street, calling for a ban on over-the-counter sales of home dopplers.

Also known as fetal listening devices, they are often used by mums-to-be to listen to their babies movements.

But the charity think they can be misleading, and falsely reassure pregnant women. 

CEO of Kicks Count in Woking, Elizabeth Hutton, said: "Our advice has always been that women should seek professional medical advice if they notice a change in their baby’s movements. 

"The presence of a heartbeat does not mean the baby is well, only that it is still alive.  If the baby is in distress, this is when medical attention should be sought.

"Waiting until they can no longer find a heartbeat means it is sadly too late to save that baby.

“Medical professionals do not advocate the use of home dopplers and yet they are freely available to buy in the UK. 

"We should be taking every opportunity to save as many of these lives as we can.

"The banning of home dopplers will be a vital and effective step in reaching that target."

Today's event is at Sutherland Memorial Park, Burpham Guildford, Surrey GU4 7JU. 

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