Herefordshire charity Rocky Lee’s Little Feet recently visited the maternity department of Hereford County Hospital to help support families who suffer the loss of a baby.
The charity, based in Ross-on-Wye, was set up by Sian-Louise Coopey after her son Rocky-Lee was stillborn in 2013. It provides financial relief to parents who cannot afford a memorial headstone for their stillborn babies.
Its members recently paid a visit to the bereavement support team, based in the maternity department of Hereford County Hospital, to deliver a cuddle cot to the unit that will enable parents to spend longer with their baby, even taking them home should they wish.
They also handed over a camera which can be used to take photographs of babies.
“The aim of the charity is to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss with a view to bringing comfort to bereaved parents and their families after the loss of a baby,” said Sian.
“Since setting up we now supply memory bears to Hereford County Hospital with Aching Arms UK and this year our aim is to provide equipment, services and support to Hereford Hospital’s maternity department for their bereaved families,” she added.
To finance this support the charity is holding a series of events throughout the year. Further information about the events and the work of Rock-Lee can be found on the charity’s website – www.rockyleeslittlefeet.co.uk
Maxine Chong, Head of Midwifery at Wye Valley NHS Trust, said: “It can be a traumatic time when families experience a baby loss so we really value the support that Rocky Lee is offering.
“They understand what families are going through and know the best support they need. We’re grateful for their generosity. We know these items will be used well and appreciated by families.”
Pictured left to right are Rocky Lee’s Little Feet representatives Tanya Morley, Sian-Louise Coopey, Katie Fowler and Nicky Lee with the cuddle cot and camera they have donated to the maternity department at Hereford County Hospital.
(Hi resolution version of the pic can be supplied – email firstname.lastname@example.org,uk to request)
Note to Editors:
- Wye Valley NHS Trust is the provider health services across Herefordshire and beyond. The Trust exists to improve the wellbeing, independence and health of the people we serve. We are the leading provider of health care in Herefordshire.
- By working closely with our partners, we can make good our promise to deliver a quality of care we would want for ourselves, our families and our friends.
- With an estimated annual turnover of around £160 million, we employ around 3,000 plus staff. We aim to build new relationships between our staff, patients, service users and their carers with the wider community.
For further information please contact:
John Burnett, Communication and Engagement Manager, Wye Valley NHS Trust: 01432 372928 or Fiona Gurney, Communications Officer 01432 355444 ext. 5105.