In conjunction with baby loss awareness week (9th – 15th October) Royal Berks Charity is launching their Christmas Appeal to raise vital funds to support the refurbishment of the bereavement suites located on the maternity wards at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.
As part of an NHS Trust, Royal Berks Charity understands how important it is to provide patients with the best care possible and have set a target of £40,000. The funding will ensure that families who experience the death of their baby during pregnancy, labour or birth have access to a private and tranquil space to grieve.
Rainbow Lead Midwife, Jocelyn says “Improving privacy and creating an environment that minimises trauma and distress, will mean so much to families going through their darkest moment as parents. “
The Trust’s bereavement and rainbow midwifery teams come into contact with hundreds of new parents every year who have experienced the loss of their baby and the feedback is consistent: “The midwifery teams do a phenomenal job at supporting patients, but the bereavement suites could do with some improvements.”
The first part of the project will be to soundproof both the suites so that new parents grieving the loss of their baby can do so peacefully without hearing the customary noise of a busy maternity ward.
Nicky, mum to angel baby Flora and rainbow baby Oakley says “I know how important these bereavement suites will be to families like mine, so if you can, please donate and help support the Royal Berks Charity raise £40,000 in this special Christmas Appeal”
To find out more about the Christmas Appeal, or to make a donation, please visit www.royalberkscharity.co.uk/christmas