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Welcome donations to support women who experience the sad loss of a baby

Bags of love

George Eliot Hospital would like to thank the kind local people and charities who are supporting families who have experienced the loss of a baby. Their lovely ideas, donations and events are really making a difference to the special service supporting recently bereaved parents at the hospital.

Recently, bereavement group SOPHIA and charities Ariana’s Hope and Aching Arms together with local couple Christian and Jodie Boyle have all donated to the service. Their donations and the organisation of a family fun day on 23rd October will help to make a real difference to the lives of bereaved parents.

Here are just a few of the fantastic recent initiatives making a difference to the maternity unit at the George Eliot.

Bereavement group SOPHIA and Ariana’s Hope charity have jointly organised a charity event at Stockingford Sports and Social Club on Sunday 23rd October (12-5pm) to raise money to support bereavement services. Everyone is welcome to come along to the event which will feature live music, stalls, Zumba, a raffle and much more.

The bereavement loss support group SOPHIA, who meet monthly at George Eliot Hospital, have organised “bags of love” for all the ladies who experience a miscarriage who come through Accident and Emergency.

SOPHIA group members, Christian and Jodie Boyle visited the hospital last week to make a generous donation of £1,070 from a recent Wolf Run he completed with friends. The kind pair who experienced the sad loss of a baby in February, popped into the maternity unit to hand over the cheque. The donation will go towards the purchase of patio doors and a sanctuary space for parents outside the special bereavement room within the maternity unit.

Christian said: ”We wanted to give something back to the hospital and hope that people will come along to the Charity fun day in October to support a good cause. There will be live entertainment, stalls, Zumba a raffle and much more.

Ariana’s Hope charity, established by Scot and Claire Barlow, recently donated a fridge to the maternity bereavement room.  Scot and Claire set up their charity to raise money and awareness of Trisomy 18 following the loss of their daughter Ariana, who died just 37 hours after being born and have already made several lovely donations to the maternity unit.

Bereavement room with Ariana's Hope Charity

Midwives at George Eliot Hospital have also recently started working with national charity Aching Arms, which aims to bring comfort to those who have suffered pregnancy or baby loss. The charity runs a teddy bear donation programme and midwives at the hospital have been given comfort bears to offer to bereaved parents.

Bereavement room 

The bears are all donated in memory of another baby lost too soon and are given as comforters to those who have lost their baby. Each bear comes with a label that gives the name of the baby it is dedicated in memory of as well as directing parents to the charity’s website www.achingarms.co.uk where grieving parents can find links to access further support.

Leanne Turner, founding trustee and charity co-ordinator, said:  “Losing a baby is a devastating time and we hope that by providing bears for newly bereaved parents we can reach out and offer them some comfort.”

Further information for parents who have experienced pregnancy loss can also be found on the George Eliot Hospital maternity web pages at http://www.geh.nhs.uk/directory-of-services/specialties-and-services/m/maternity-services/after-your-baby-is-born/bereavement-support/

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