£115,000 donation for new bereavement suite at QMC

A bereavement suite for families who have been affected by stillbirth will open at QMC this Spring.

The facility has been funded by the Forever Stars charity, which was set up by Michelle and Richard Daniels after the loss of their baby Emily in 2013.

The charity has raised £115,000 to make the project a reality, and the official opening date is set for 28 April.

Michelle said: “We are thrilled and can’t wait for it to be completed. It feels like all of our hard work is finally coming to fruition.

“I’d like to say a massive heartfelt thank you to everyone who has donated. We’ve had this vision of what we wanted to achieve and it’s great that so many people have got on board and supported us.”

Richard added: “Thank you does not seem big enough. It’s truly appreciated. For us it was always about our daughter and for so many people it’s been about their child and that makes this even more special.”

The new area will provide a separate space, away from the main labour suite, for families who have lost a child, in order to give them time to come to terms with their loss. It will also mean families who are recently bereaved will not have to come in to contact with others who are celebrating a happier outcome.

Forever Stars will be working closely with Nottingham Hospitals Charity going forward to make the bereavement suite a reality.

Staff from NUH’s maternity services have been working closely with Michelle and Richard for the past two years to ensure the new facility meets the needs of families. The final plans were signed off at a meeting yesterday.

Alison Atkinson, Head of Midwifery for NUH, said: “We’re delighted that the plans to develop a new bereavement facility for future patients and families at QMC are progressing as planned.

“We are immensely grateful to Richard and Michelle for their outstanding fundraising efforts and greatly admire their dedication and commitment to completing this hugely important project.

“Drawings and costings have been finalised and furnishings and equipment now selected by the family. We look forward to marking the official opening of these new facilities on 28 April and formally thanking our friends Richard and Michelle for everything they have done and their significant contribution to improving our facilities for patients and their families who have experienced loss.”