A SALISBURY mum who lost her baby daughter is sharing her story which she hopes will help other bereaved parents.

Grace Parks has written Abigail The Father's Joy to raise money for Stillbirth And Neonatal Death Society (SANDS) and Care For The Family - charities that provide support for bereaved parents.

Her daughter Abigail died in 2013 aged only nine-and-a-half-weeks. She was diagnosed with a serious genetic condition called Edwards' syndrome.

"I decided to write the book just to stay alive and sane, it was my personal diary," said Grace. "It was just a way to release the pain, anger and all the horrific emotions I went through after my daughter died.

"It was written for me at first. I did not write it with the intention to help anyone but now I hope it does help people who have experienced the devastating trauma of losing a child."

Grace said: "I want to raise money for these two charities as a way to say thank you for supporting me, but also to help fund support to those who may not be able to afford it as they are all run by volunteers who are all bereaved themselves and can understand the hell of it.

"I want others to know that this kind of grief is very different from a normal 'death'. It is not something you get over with time although managing it does get easier.

"Finally and most importantly it is written to remember my daughter and to see her face on a book is one happy memory that will last a lifetime.

"I also hope the book will help demolish the deafening silence most bereaved parents face on this taboo subject of still birth and child mortality."

The book, which is £10, is being sold at The Friary Community Centre on Saturday, April 1 from 10am to 3pm.