Newborn girl whose body was found at recycling centre will be buried
A newborn baby girl found whose body was found wrapped in towel at a recycling centre will finally be buried – as her mother is still untraced eight months on.
The tiny body was found at the Bowling Back Lane Household Waste Recycling Centre in Bradford, West Yorkshire, in August last year.
A funeral for the infant – named Daisy – will be carried out at Bradford Cathedral on Tuesday in a service arranged by the council, who said ‘the city considers her one of our own’.
She will be buried with a teddy bear made out of the hi-vis jacket of one of the workers who found her – and named her.
The infant’s mother has still not come forward after a series of appeals, with concerns for her welfare mounting.
Daisy was found wrapped in a purple beach towel which featured the map of the Spanish island of Fuerteventura in yellow along with small images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree.
A newborn baby girl found whose body was found wrapped in towel at a recycling centre will finally be buried – as her mother is still untraced eight months on. A funeral for the infant – named Daisy – will be carried out at Bradford Cathedral (pictured) on Tuesday in a service arranged by the council, who said ‘the city considers her one of our own’
Police believe the towel could be key to finding the mother, who is likely from the Bradford area.
It is thought the baby was a stillborn and possibly a concealed pregnancy not born in a hospital setting.
Daisy was found wrapped in a purple beach towel which featured the map of the Spanish island of Fuerteventura in yellow along with small images of fish, sea horses and a palm tree
Bradford Council said the service – for all faiths – will be attended by staff from the recycling service as well as representatives from the police.
It will be conducted by Reverend Canon Paul Maybury, of Bradford Cathedral.
Canon Maybury said: ‘I will lead prayers for the baby, her family, and all affected by her short life.
‘These prayers will be addressed to God, who knows all the circumstances that we do not know and is able to bring comfort to all who grieve.’
The noon funeral service will be followed by a burial at Bowling Cemetery an hour later.
The council said the new Lord Mayor of Bradford, Shabir Hussain, will attend the burial site.
Leader of Bradford Council Susan Hinchcliffe said: ‘We thought that this was the least we could do to make sure the little girl, whose physical existence was so fleeting on this planet, will have the opportunity to live on in our memories with this service.
‘We may not know who her natural family is, but all of us in Bradford district are now her family.
‘Having a funeral service organised by the council demonstrates that the city considers her one of our own. We are all so sorry that she has been lost to us.’
Bradford Council chief executive Kersten England said: https://dressupclothesforkids.com/ ‘Our thoughts and prayers go out to the mother and we hope she receives solace from our efforts to provide the most compassionate service for her daughter.
A police officer at the household recycling centre in Bowling Back Lane, Bradford, West Yorkshire, where the body of a newborn baby was found in August
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Police are pictured arriving at the household waste recycling centre in August. The recycling centre has been shut until further notice as staff recover from the shocking event
‘We want her to know that she too has not been forgotten and we would encourage her to come forward to get help with her bereavement so she does not have to face it alone.’
The council said Co-op funeral directors are supplying their services free of charge and Bloom florists, of Market Street, Bradford, have agreed to donate flowers and deliver them on the day.
Anyone who wants to attend the funeral at the cathedral will need to be listed – as Covid rules prevent more than 30 people taking part -via the cathedral’s website.
The council has also asked anyone who intends to turn up at the cemetery to observe Covid-19 social distancing rules.