Festive fundraising at Thorne Widgery leads to donation for Born Sleeping Appeal - Thorne Widgery

festive fundraising £150

Towards the end of 2018, our team decided that they wanted to round the year off with a period of festive fundraising for Hereford County Hospital’s Born Sleeping Appeal.

This fundraising campaign aims to raise £75,000 to create a dedicated maternity bereavement suite designed for mothers experiencing pregnancy loss.

This will create a comfortable environment where parents can receive the care and support they need at a time of great difficulty, allowing families to come to terms with their loss at their own pace without the acute pressures of a delivery suite.

Our decision to choose this charity was inspired by the story of Ange Warren who works in our payroll team.

She recently lost a grandchild and understood the need for a facility that could support people like her son and his partner.

She said: “This fundraising and the appeal means a lot to my family and I. When I lost my first Grandson there was nowhere for us to go, other than to wait on the maternity ward, which was not the best place for us at the time.

“This would have been such a benefit to us, to deal with the situation. It’s just what Hereford needs.

“Everyone at Thorne Widgery has been very positive about the fundraising and has got behind it. In my mind, every little bit helps and I am very grateful for Thorne Widgery’s support.”

Driven by the work of the appeal we managed to raise £150 through a company Bake-off with us voting for our preferred cakes and treats with donations and a Christmas Jumper day, which was also a lot of fun.

This will go towards the appeal which hopes to complete work on the new suite by Easter 2019, with the hospital anticipating that the fund will continue to be supported well into the future.

Katie Farmer, Fundraiser at Hereford County Hospital’s Born Sleeping Appeal, said: “We’ve listened to many bereaved families to hear how facilities at the hospital could be improved, what we can do differently and what they would like to see within the unit and so, with this in mind, we hope to continue raising money to provide specialist bereavement training for midwifery staff and ensuring that there is always a plentiful supply of information for families on hand, a listening ear and support.”