‘Snowdrop’ suite fundraisers should be proud

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Scarborough Hospital’s new maternity bereavement suite - made possible thanks to money raised by The Snowdrop Appeal - has been completed and opened to families.

The local community got behind the appeal and more than £130,000 was donated andraised via events after it was launched inJune 2013.

Work began on the project in January to turn a staff changing and break room into a new purpose-designed suite which is now making a difference for those families who sadly lose a baby in pregnancy or shortly after birth.

Maya Richardson, fundraising officer, said: “I can’t express how pleased I am that this appeal has come to fruition and for all of the people who were so generous with their time, money and energy to see the finished suite.

“Local people deserve this facility and so many people have worked hard to make this idea become reality. Much more than just a suite has come from this appeal.

“People are now talking about what has previously been a taboo subject and the Scarborough area now has a SANDs group for families to go to for further support. People should feel very proud.”

The appeal received a huge amount of support and fundraisers organised bake sales, coffee mornings, a calendar, sponsored events and even a Snowdrop Ball - all which went to wards the appeal surpassing the target of £120,000.

The appeal reached this target after just 18 months of fundraising in November 2014.

Rebecca Lord, capital projects manager, said “This has been an incredibly rewarding project to work on.

“Funded entirely through donations from the local community, the contractors who worked on the project have done so on a not-for-profit basis.

“There has also been a huge amount of patient input. From the colour schemes and fabrics to the design were all chosen by parents who had lost a child.”

The spacious suite has its own bathroom and features a bed settee in the lounge area, a television and a coffee machine.

The homely furnishings make the room feel less clinical despite being situated off the labour ward.

The private space will allow families to be together in a quiet and comfortable environment for as long as they wish.

The suite is located adjacent to the labour ward so that care can remain paramount. However, it will have its own entrance so that families do not need to go onto the labour ward, which has had to happen in the past.

It has it’s own bathroom, a lounge area for friends and family along with sleeping facilities for partners.

The work has been completed on time.