Losing a baby is one of the hardest things for a family to go through and having somewhere private and homely to spend time together with their baby before saying goodbye is vitally important.
Lisa Hague and Sara met with yesterday with representatives from The St Patricks Day Charity Ball Committee, hospital staff and parents in the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow to receive 2 cheques. One from the St Patricks Day Charity Ball Committee for £18,100 and another for £17,863.24 raised by staff in the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.
These incredible donations took our fundraising to 98% of target, but the St Patricks Day Committee wanted to do more and pledged to meet the shortfall which means that these rooms are fully funded and can now go into production 🙌
The money will be used to support the refurbishment of five rooms in the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital for parents who have experienced bereavement to stay with their baby and give the opportunity for siblings, family and friends to visit.
The rooms will provide facilities such as a sofa bed to allow partners to stay overnight, an area where families can eat together, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, toiletries and toys for siblings who visit.
Evelyn Frame, NHSGGC’s Head of Midwifery said: “This is such a tragic time for these families, so anything we can do to make things a little easier for them is to be welcomed. We are very grateful for the support of SiMBA, The St Patricks Day Ball Committee and all those, including many of our staff, who have raised funds to make these rooms possible. We hope these rooms will bring some comfort to women and their families at a very difficult time in their lives and allows them to create some lasting memories.”
Sara added: “We’ve met so many families and it is apparent the difference that they want to make in memory of their own baby. This project started in Autumn 2017 and it has been an honour to work with the amazing team in the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital and we cannot thank the St Patricks Day Committee enough for all their support. SiMBA is here to support every step of a parents journey. We will hold our annual Butterfly Release on the 17th of August at our Tree of Tranquillity site at Provanhall House in Auchinlea Park (https://www.simbacharity.org.uk/…/simba-butterfly-release-…/) and I would like to invite anyone who has been affected by baby loss to join us”.
For more details of all of our family room projects please visit : https://www.simbacharity.org.uk/what-we-do/family-rooms/