Launch of £60,000 maternity bereavement suite appeal
A fundraising appeal to raise £60,000 for a new Bereavement Suite in the maternity unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital has been launched.
The suite will provide a private space for parents who have experienced the tragedy of a stillbirth or the loss of their baby post-birth, where they can begin to grieve the loss of their baby.
It will be an addition to the existing bereavement facility – the Fay Turner Suite – which will also benefit from a refurbishment.
The funds will go towards converting an existing room in the maternity department into a suitable space which will include a kitchen area and access into the memorial garden, as well as fixtures and furnishings.
Becky Yarranton and her partner Paul Dancyger, from Stourport-on-Severn, are supporting the campaign, having benefited from the existing facilities in January 2016, following the stillbirth of their son Henry.
“The Fay Turner Suite provided a space for our family to see Henry, and for us to say goodbye to him,” Becky said.
“We stayed for two days – although at all times it was made clear that we could stay as long as we wanted to. It meant so much to us that our family could come and see Henry, and the staff couldn’t do enough for us.”
Paul added: “The suite gave us some privacy to be with our loved ones, away from the busy atmosphere of the hospital. Henry was bought to us in a cuddle cot - he was perfect, just like his older brother Max. Then when the time was right we said our goodbyes. Without those two days we'd have nothing to remember him by. Thank you to the staff at the hospital who were so compassionate and caring. It can't heal the pain but it helped build real memories.”
Trudy Berlet, Bereavement Support Midwife at Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “We know from the conversations we have with parents how important these facilities are – a space for mothers, partners and family to go, away from the noise and bustle of the nearby maternity ward.
“We are very fortunate to have already received huge support from the local community and have £10,000 already in the fund towards these works. Now we are looking for an extra £50,000 so that we can go ahead with the works required to provide an additional suite as soon as possible.”
You can support the Worcestershire Maternity Bereavement Suite appeal online at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/worcestershire-maternity-bereavement-suite, or text £AMOUNT, with the code WMBS60, to 70070. To find out more about organising an event visit www.worcsacute.nhs.uk/about-us/fundraising/ or call 01905 760453.