A funeral for an unknown baby girl found abandoned on a footpath in Oxford will take place tomorrow – and mourners are invited to attend.
Detective Inspector Jim Holmes named the stillborn baby Raihana – heaven’s flower – after her body was discovered in Marston eight months ago.
Last week, DI Holmes broke down during an emotional appeal to find the parents of the baby, who have failed to come forward.
Officers have been encouraging the public to attend the service at Wolvercote Cemetery in Oxford, on Tuesday, and the response has been overwhelming.
Metro.co.uk set up a JustGiving page so that people who cannot attend can honour Raihana’s memory and so far more than £2,200 has been raised.
All the funds will be donated to Sands (the stillbirth and neonatal death charity), which supported police throughout their investigation.
DI Holmes nominated Sands, which is a stillbirth and neonatal charity that supports people affected by the death of a baby in the UK.
DI Holmes said: ‘Having two children myself I know how hard it is to choose the name for your child and in these circumstances I think it is more important, this is the only memorial there is going to be.
‘Dealing with any person’s death is a tragic event, but when you’re dealing with a child’s death it’s much more penitent, especially if you’re a father or a mother yourself.’
An inquest in August found that the baby – discovered by walkers on the path between University Parks and Marston – was stillborn.
Raihana will be buried at Wolvercote Cemetery at 1pm on Tuesday, October 18.
To learn more about Sands, click here.