Alexandra Palace is to light up its famous mast blue and pink on Monday (October 9) to support baby loss awareness.

The Muswell Hill landmark is kick starting a week of commemorations and awareness, including the annual walk to the Baby Loss tree on Parkland Walk on October 15.

Throughout the week, there will be a display of pink and blue ribbons in Crouch End's Priory Park and outside St Andrew's Church in Muswell Hill bearing the names of babies who have died through late miscarriages, stillbirths or cot deaths.Islington Gazette: The Baby Loss tree on Parkland Walk near Highgate.The Baby Loss tree on Parkland Walk near Highgate. (Image: Courtesy of Sands)

Hilary Grierson is a volunteer for the charity Sands (Stillbirths and Neonatal Deaths) whose son Hamish was born at The Whittington Hospital 11-years-ago.

While in labour, routine checks revealed that his heart had stopped. She hadn't realised that baby loss was common, but after posting about her experience online she was contacted by many who had stayed slient for years.

Now mum to two sons, she started the annual walk six years ago where families listen to music and readings, and quietly reflect at a spot that has become a place of remembrance.Islington Gazette: The annual walk to the tree takes place during Baby Loss awareness week which runs this year from October 9-15The annual walk to the tree takes place during Baby Loss awareness week which runs this year from October 9-15 (Image: Courtesy of Hilary Grierson)

A bench, plaque and wooden tags with babies' names on a large oak tree have helped keep Hamish and other babies' memories alive.

"Each year we hope the campaign gets bigger to help support bereaved families and bring awareness of baby loss and how many families are affected," she said.

"The Baby Loss Walk brings bereaved families together. It provides a safe space for families to remember and acknowledge their babies, while connecting with other parents. Losing a baby can be isolating and having a time when we can come together, provides support and connection."

She approached Alexandra Palace to see if it wanted to join other UK landmarks spreading awareness of Baby Loss.

"It was exciting to find out that they agreed to support us and on Monday 9th October they will light up pink and blue to support families in the local community," she said.

Sands campaigns for better bereavement care, and Hilary has fundraised to provide refrigerated 'cuddle cots' at The Whittington which allow bereaved parents to spend time as much time as they need with their child.