In March 2018 we hit our first target and managed to raise the money needed for the Poppy room at St Helier Hospital. The bereavement room in the maternity department at St Helier Hospital has been declared officially open after a £20,000 refurbishment.
In 2016, Scott Eyre and I were told that our unborn daughter had Tripoildy syndrome – a rare condition that meant Hope had an additional set of chromosomes and would be unlikely to survive for long. We made the heart-breaking decision to end the pregnancy, and although we always sung the praises of the midwives and maternity staff, but recognised that the facilities available for families facing such a devastating time needed updating. We launched the Bearing Hope campaign with the aim of raising £20,000 to overhaul the room and, with the help of family and friends and the memorial event at St Helier in October last year, we exceeded our target target.
After reaching our goal, Scott and myself were surrounded by loved ones and staff from the unit and cut the ribbon to the new room on Monday 6 August, which was also the two year anniversary of Hope’s birth. The newly refurbished room features softer lighting, new storage space and kitchenette (complete with fridge so bereaved parents don’t need to go onto the main ward as often), a reclining bed chair, and is beautifully decorated in shades of purple with white feathers and butterflies.
After the room was declared officially opened, a minute’s silence was held in memory of Hope at the time of her birth, before cutting a specially-made Bearing Hope cake. The cake was generously donated by hospital catering company MITIE, while the ribbon was kindly donated by Buttercups, the florist in Rosehill.
Chief Executive Daniel Elkeles, said: “We are so grateful to Hollie and Scott for sharing their story, and for launching a fundraising campaign for us during this incredibly difficult time. Nothing can take away the pain of losing a baby, but it is absolutely vital that we do everything we can to support families and individuals during these times – and our new bereavement room will help us to do just that.
“The memorial event (where we gathered on the green opposite St Helier to remember children and babies who have sadly passed away), clearly touched the hearts of hundreds of people and gave them an outlet for their grief. It was a very special evening which we hope to mark again, and coupled with the other fundraising done Hollie, Scott and their family, has meant Hope has left an amazing legacy.”
Director of Midwifery, Marion Louki said: “On behalf of the Trust, we would like to say a big thank you Hollie and Scott for their incredibly hard work and courage in supporting our Hospitals to revamp and create a fully functional, beautiful and peaceful bereavement room. We would also like to say a big thank you to everyone who helped raise money and supported this cause. To the staff who work hard to complete the room.
We would also like to thank Grosvenor Interiors for their hard work, all the support of friends, families, the generosity of people who hardly know, the heartfelt emails we have had, encouragement from the hospital and the items donated from Asda's in Sutton.