‘Snowdrop’ suite to be built in New Year

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Work on new maternity bereavement suite - made possible by funds raised during the Snowdrop Appeal - will start next month.

York Teaching Hospital Charity, which ran the successful appeal raising £134,000, has announced that building work will get under way on January 4.

The project which will create a dedicated suite where families who sadly suffer a loss in pregnancy can spend time and be together.

Maya Richardson, fundraising officer, said: “The Snowdrop Appeal was extremely well supported by the local community and we are delighted that thanks to their support and fundraising we are able to create this new facility at Scarborough Hospital.

“The whole community was amazing; so many people got involved with this appeal to support future families who sadly may have to go through losing a child in pregnancy.

“We would like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported this appeal or got involved in fundraising.”

The project attracted support from across the local area, with fundraisers organising bake sales, coffee mornings, sponsored events, a calendar and even a Snowdrop Ball, surpassing the original target for the appeal of £120,000.

The suite will be 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 will have its own bathroom, a lounge area for friends and family along with sleeping facilities for partners.

Becci Lord, capital project manager at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, explained: “All our contractors have really embraced this project working tirelessly to design a suite that our patients deserve.

“Kier and architects IBI have worked closely with previous patients to understand what was needed from this suite and the results have been well received.”

The suite will be completed in April and there will be a presentation evening at The Royal Hotel on Friday April 22, which will include a short film about the project, a full tour of the suite, a buffet and disco.

Tickets for the evening go on sale on January 25 and are £16.50 each.

To register your interest, please contact York Teaching Hospital Charity on (01723) 236210 or email charity.fundraising@york.nhs.uk as tickets are limited.