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York Teaching Hospital Charity

Butterfly Appeal

To create a new maternity bereavement suite at York Hospital and support those families who will sadly lose their baby before or shortly after birth. We know there is nothing that can take away their pain but we can help them on their journey.
Closes on 03/31/2020
Charity Registration No: 1054527

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Every week at York Hospital a baby a family will learn that their baby is unlikely to survive birth.

We know there is nothing that can take away the pain for these families following a late pregnancy loss, stillbirth or death of their baby soon after birth, but we also know how precious those few hours or days can be before they have to say their final goodbyes.

At York Hospital, staff are grateful to have a designated room for parents to use and stay in with their baby. However, it is just a room at present. Its quite small and functional and we know it has the potential to be much better.

We want to provide the families who will sadly suffer a loss of their baby at our hospital each year somewhere they feel safe and cared for. We want them to have somewhere comfortable and quiet to sleep, somewhere with space to walk and space to sit, somewhere with access to fresh air, somewhere they can have family visit and somewhere we can give them quality time to start to say goodbye to their baby and begin their journey of grief.

Liz Ross is Head of Midwifery at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, she said:

"We know from talking to families who have used our existing space, how important these facilities are and that having a new maternity bereavement suite will give our families the best possible experience at one of the worst times of their lives."

"We are very fortunate to have already received huge support from the local community to launch this appeal and the money raised which will make such a difference for everyone that will use the suite both families and staff, and help us to provide the best possible care. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who is helping to make it possible."






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raised by 107 supporters


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raised by 74 supporters


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raised by 48 supporters


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Michael Dransfield

15 days ago

Liang Wu

17 days ago

Clive Batson

1 month ago


+ £7.5 Gift Aid


Barbara Tee

2 months ago


+ £1.25 Gift Aid


2 months ago

In memory of all the beautiful angel babies. xxx


+ £25 Gift Aid

About the charity

York Teaching Hospital Charity
York Teaching Hospital Charity

York Teaching Hospital Charity raises funds to help make a real difference in our local hospitals - making patients, relatives and visitors feel better and providing a level of care that is beyond that which NHS funding alone could deliver.

Charity Registration No: 1054527


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Butterfly Appeal

York Teaching Hospital Charity