THE Lyme Regis community is being asked to give its support to a local family that has suffered the devastating loss of five babies.
Family and friends of Becca and Pete Peacock have been working hard to form a raft of support for the couple and their twin daughters, after Becca discovered she was pregnant with quintuplets and later lost all five babies.
Becca and Pete are parents to two-year-old twins Harper Skye and Lexie Rose. Five months ago, Becca unexpectedly fell pregnant again and a scan revealed the startling news that she was carrying five babies.
During a tumultuous and seriously problematic early pregnancy, Becca lost three of her babies, leaving the couple absolutely devastated.
Becca’s stress levels were greatly increased and the daily pressures of taking care of her twins pressed harder than ever before. At times, the pregnancy put Becca’s own life at risk and she tried desperately to get back on track whilst taking care of her toddlers.
But heartbreak struck again when, 20 weeks into her turbulent pregnancy, Becca’s vital signs became unstable and she had an emergency caesarean with additional major surgery.
Two fragile babies were delivered but were not yet strong enough to survive and tragically died 40 minutes later in their father’s arms, while Becca was still in surgery.
Pete and Becca were afforded time to sit quietly with their babies, which they named Reggie and Faith. A funeral will be held for them today (Friday).
The Peacock family are well known in Lyme Regis, with Pete working full-time in the building trade and regularly playing with Lyme Regis Football Club. Until recently, Becca also balanced her role as a mum with working in a busy care home.
The couple are now trying to get back to a regular routine for their two young daughters, but are struggling with childcare while they cope with their loss. Pete has returned to work but, physically and emotionally exhausted, Becca is thought to need at least eight weeks rest to recover from her surgery.
Becca’s mum, Nicky Solway, and her partner Ted, as well as other family and friends, have stepped in wherever possible to allow Becca to recover. However, this has proved challenging as they also have work and other commitments of their own.
Close family friend Patricia Williams has now launched a campaign named ‘Helping Hands for Four Smaller Hands’ with the aim of raising funds for professional childcare for the twins.
Patricia commented: “As Becca commences her slow journey back to good physical and mental health, she needs more childcare assistance for Harper Skye and Lexie Rose than the immediate family are able to give. “Becca will head back to work as soon as she’s able. These funds will help pay for funding until the end of the year and for a long weekend away for the family when Becca is ready.
“Pete and Becca need to rebuild their lives and ensure the twins continue to thrive as busy toddlers. They need all the usual stimulation and daily adventures that two year olds do, and any contribution you can make to this fund will make that magic happen.”
A bank account has been set up for donations with an administrator in place. Anyone who would like to donate should use the following bank details: Halifax account number 00471863, sort code 11-02-42.
Lyme Regis Football Club, where Pete plays with the Rovers, will also be supporting the appeal by holding two meat draws this season. Tickets will be available to buy at the Davey Fort clubhouse every Saturday from tomorrow (August 17).