09 March 2017

Fundraising for City Hospital bereavement suite underway

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 2017).

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 place.

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 or https://mydonate.bt.com/donation/start.html?charity=90628

NHS Nottingham University Hospitals
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