Dudley Group NHS Charity

Supporting the Dudley Group NHS Charity Baby Bereavement Campaign

After the death of a much longed for baby, thinking about what to do next can feel completely overwhelming. We are here to offer sensitive support and space to grieve.
£119,236
raised of £150,000 target
by 2767 supporters
RCN 1056979

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Quote from a Dudley Family

“So, for us what was most important after losing Monty was the peace. This room provided us with peaceful and homely environment we could spend our last moments together and discuss difficult matters like post mortem and the funeral. This could simply not be possible on a normal ward and would have added to the trauma we have experienced. When you know that you are only going to meet your baby after they have died the small things become so important. We used the basket of books in the room to read him a bedtime story before the midwives took him away. It meant a lot, but we would never have thought of bringing a story book to read into hospital.”

Our campaign began in 2018 to fund a much-needed bereavement suite within our maternity unit, enabling families to spend precious time with their baby, in a soundproofed, private, and homely space away from the standard day to day of the maternity unit. In October 2019 following a number of significant donations and support from local families, businesses, and staff members this became a reality and our beautiful home from home suite was completed and ready for use. Sadly, since it’s completion the bereavement suite has been used on hundreds of occasions and has provided many local families with the space and calming environment we desperately wanted to achieve. We are now in a position of finding ourselves fundraising for a second multipurpose suite within the unit. We would also like to improve facilities for families undergoing early pregnancy loss, upgrade our counselling room for families having difficult conversations and overall look at how we can improve the pregnancy and baby bereavement services within Dudley.

We are extremely grateful for all of your support and contributions in our efforts to make the surroundings for bereaved families within Dudley more comfortable and less distressing at a heart-breaking time.

About the charity

The Dudley Group NHS Charity makes a real difference to those being treated in our hospitals or in their own homes. We are not about providing healthcare; charitable donations enable us to give extra comfort, equipment and facilities above and beyond those which are supplied by the NHS.

Donation summary

Total raised
£119,235.74
+ £7,728.94 Gift Aid
Online donations
£76,125.17
Offline donations
£15,940.00
Direct donations
£6,309.04
Donations via fundraisers
£96,986.70

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