THE parents of babies who died at Furness General Hospital have described how a memorial represents the 'final part of the journey'.

The sculpture placed outside South Lakes Birth Centre was designed and built by Furness College students to represent the 11 babies and one mum who died between 2004 and 2013.

Local LED firm Lumier supplied the lighting and Steele's Removals delivered the sculpture to the hospital.

Lesley Bennett, whose daughter Elleanor died in 2004, said: “I feel like this is the final part of the journey that we have had.

“The legacy of the Kirkup Report, and the mum and babies who died, will be here forever. For me that means so much because my daughter is not just a statistic anymore; she touched lots of people’s lives without even knowing it.”

Liza Brady, whose son Alex was delivered stillborn at the hospital in 2008, said: “The event felt very personal and it represents where we have come to."

James Titcombe, whose son Joshua died in 2008, said: “I think the memorial is just perfect and I’m so grateful to everyone involved in the project. The Trust has worked incredibly hard to learn from what happened in the past and should rightly be proud of the new maternity unit and the superb service now provided to mums and babies in the area.”

Sue Smith said: “Their bravery and commitment to helping us to improve things further have been inspiring. We can’t thank them enough."

The sculpture is made of Corten steel - the same material as the Angel of the North.