The appeal to raise £108,000 for a bereavement suite at the Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother Hospital, Margate, is approximately three quarters towards its target. The amount raised so far now stands at £81,000, which leaves £27,000 left to raise in order to provide the much-needed facility in the maternity wards. It is hoped the new suite will open in October 2016.
The project is being led by Matron for Maternity Kerri Eilersten -Feeney, who said the suite would help parents who had suffered loss of a baby before or during birth.
She said: “Unfortunately bereavement suites are not provided in every maternity unit, and we identified the need for one here some time ago. We launched an appeal to fund a dedicated, comfortable area for parents to spend quiet time with their baby, away from other parents with their newborns. Once the suite opens, families who have suffered a loss will be to spend time together with their baby in private, which will help them through a difficult time."
Fundraising began in earnest 18 months ago, and the community has been very supportive. The Trust has also supported the appeal, by holding cake sales last month at both Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother Hospital in Margate and the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, which raised a combined total of £450.
EKHUFT Head of Midwifery and Gynaecological Nursing, Helen Bland, said: “This new suite will offer privacy and dignity to women and their families mourning the loss of their baby and will enable our midwives to better support them during this sad time. We are grateful to the East Kent Hospitals’ Charity, and to fundraisers, for their support.”
To support the appeal, visit the Charity's Just Giving pageor contact Kerri Eilertsen-Feeney, Maternity Matron, on 01843 225544.