Losing a baby is one of the hardest things for a family to go through and having somewhere private and homely to spend time together with their baby before saying goodbye is vitally important.
Lisa Hague along with Sara Fitzsimmons, MBE this week met with representatives from The St Patricks Day Charity Ball Committee, hospital staff and parents at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital PRMH) to handover two cheques.
A cheque from The St Patricks Day Charity Ball Committee for £18,100 and another cheque for £17,863.24, which was raised by staff from the PRMH, was given to the hospital to support the refurbishment of five rooms for parents who have experienced bereavement. The rooms will allow parents to stay with their baby and give the opportunity for siblings, family and friends to visit.
The cheques were presented by Sara Fitzsimmons and Lisa Hague, the fiancée of former Celtic star, Kris Commons. Lisa is Ambassador for SiMBA and the founder of the Lola Commons Fund for SiMBA. She has been involved with the charity since her baby Lola was stillborn in 2008 and has been helping raise awareness of stillbirth ever since.
The rooms will provide facilities such as a sofa bed to allow partners to stay overnight, an area where families can eat together, tea/coffee making facilities, a mini fridge, toiletries and toys for siblings who visit.
Evelyn Frame, NHSGGC’s Head of Midwifery said: “This is such a tragic time for these families, so anything we can do to make things a little easier for them is to be welcomed.
“We are very grateful for the support of SiMBA, The St Patricks Day Ball Committee and all those, including many of our staff, who have raised funds to make these rooms possible.
“We hope these rooms will bring some comfort to women and their families at a very difficult time in their lives and allows them to create some lasting memories.”
Sara Fitzsimmons, MBE, RM, CEO SiMBA, added: “We’ve met so many families and it is apparent the difference that they want to make in memory of their own baby.
“This project started in autumn 2017 and it has been an honour to work with the amazing team in the PRMH. I am delighted that following these incredible donations we are now at 98% of our fundraising target so these rooms will, hopefully, be in production very shortly.
“We remember today too, that SiMBA is here to support every step of a parents journey. We will hold our annual Butterfly Release on the 17th of August at our Tree of Tranquillity site at Provanhall House in Auchinlea Park and I would like to invite anyone who has been affected by baby loss to join us.
“Please visit our website www.simbacharity.org.uk for full details of all of our services.”
Notes to Editors
SiMBA supports anyone who has been affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or shortly after birth (www.simbacharity.org.uk). They are currently fundraising to refurbish five family rooms within the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital.
These Family Rooms provide a private, homely place for families to stay with their baby together within the hospital; giving the opportunity for siblings, family and friends to visit.
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Pic: Lisa Hague (middle) with PRMH staff & charity organisers from SiMBA & The St Patricks Day Charity Committee