09 March 2017
Fundraising for City Hospital bereavement suite underway
The Forever Stars Charity is fundraising for a new bereavement
suite at Nottingham City Hospital to support the parents of
stillborn babies, less than a year after a similar facility opened
at Queen's Medical Centre (QMC).
Richard and Michelle Daniels, from Nottingham, set up the
Forever Stars Charity in 2013 following the loss of their baby
daughter, Emily, who was stillborn.
Richard and Michelle praised the care they received when in
hospital, but said the city's hospitals need bereavement facilities
to match the standards of care they received.
Last year, a new bereavement facility for families of stillborn
babies opened at QMC (called the Serenity Suite), after the
Nottingham couple raised over £100,000. Over 40 families have used
the unit since it opened nine months ago (and 14 so far in
Today, on the day Richard and Michelle had a tram named after
them to recognise their exceptional fundraising efforts, the couple
have described their determination to open a similar unit at
Nottingham City Hospital by the end of 2017.
Over £200,000 has been raised by Forever Stars, and continuing
this fundraising drive to open a bereavement suite at City Hospital
is now the Charity's focus. To date, 13 families could have used a
bereavement suite at City Hospital in 2017 had one been in
Peter Homa, NUH Chief Executive, said: "Thank you to our friends
Richard and Michelle for all they have done and continue to do to
improve facilities for patients and their families who are
unfortunate enough to experience loss at our hospitals. What
Richard and Michelle have achieved over the last few years and the
widespread support they have received from the local community is
just incredible. We look forward to opening a similar facility at
Nottingham City Hospital so that we have bereavement suites at both
of Nottingham's hospitals maternity units and more appropriate
environments in which to care for and support bereaved patients and
their loved ones."
Speaking at today's tram naming ceremony, Richard said: "This
means so much to us. People have really taken Forever Stars to
their hearts. We aimed to raise £25,000 when we started fundraising
and just three years later have reached £210,000 - so much more
than we had dreamed of when we started. We have the unique
opportunity with the tram to raise awareness of stillbirth and
continue to fundraise so we can develop a new bereavement suite at
City Hospital later this year."
For more information about Forever Stars, or to donate, visit http://www.foreverstars.org