Alya & Aleah's Story

Hayley & Neil Patrick-Copeland, who live near Selby, sadly lost both of their twin daughters; their only children; to Twin to Twin Transfusion Syndrome in 2022. Following successful laser surgery for the condition in Birmingham on 29th July, later that day both Alya & Aleah’s hearts had stopped beating. The couple met the girls when Hayley gave birth to them in York Hospital on 2nd August, and in the time they spent with their daughters, they made precious memories. These moments were made possible by the incredible care of the midwives, but also by the gift of a memory box from 4Louis.

“Being gifted the memory box when we went into hospital to give birth to the girls was amazing. In the most heart-breaking time of your life, putting one foot in front of the other is hard enough, so having the guidance from the box about how we could make memories was so special and made such a difference. You can’t think straight when your children have died, and we are so grateful we were able to collect locks of the girls’ hair, make hand and footprints, imprints and more. These are the most treasured things we possess, which we cherish so dearly, and being able to take photos, having teddies to give the girls and a story to read them meant such a lot. Words can’t describe how valuable the box was. We remember opening it and reading the note from Louis’ parents and realising we weren’t alone. That was the first time we had felt welcomed into this community and the reaching out from 4Louis was so important in our grieving and healing journey. Fundraising and raising awareness is us parenting, and we’re so excited to be able to hold the ball as an event to mark and celebrate Baby Loss Awareness Week. These precious, beautiful angel babies and children in the stars should have had a lifetime of celebrations for their birthdays and important events in their lives, so creating an evening in which people can come together to honour them is something we’re so proud to do in memory of our daughters, and in their names. We hope you’ll join us for a wonderful cause and a fun, fabulous, night.”

Alya's feet are pointing sideways and Aleah's toes are pointing up