We are raising funds for The Willow Support group based at Royal Berkshire Hospital in Reading.
At Royal Berkshire Hospital there are now three rooms that can be used for bereaved parents going through a still birth or difficult birth with complications.
The Willow Room (which we had Molly in ) – Friends of Willows redecorated the whole room from top to bottom. Fitting it out with comfy double bed, many sheets, books, moses baskets, the important cooling cots that keep are babies cool so we can hold them longer. Knitted teddies, baby grows, shawls, photo paper, ink for hand and feet prints, beautiful paper to imprint, the paint on the walls, the curtains, memory boxes, the list goes on, they are thinking of new ideas every day. Every time someone uses this room which is very much daily these items need replacing. When you have just been told your babies heart has stopped, you as a couple stop thinking about details. So, its vital to help them in their time of great need.
The Maple Durham room – This is upstairs at Royal Berks and can be used by parents for up to three days following the birth of their baby if they choose not to go home. Recently The Willows bought a mobile air con unit for the room. This is a purple room with the comfy feel of a luxury hotel room. Brian and I thought we had it good after Molly died in 2013, neither of us wanted to say goodbye after 15 hours, so this is just a super wonderful, thoughtful Idea.
Room 15 -This is a dual purpose room. This room will also be used for mums who are in difficulty, life or death situations, not just for a confirmed still births. It has been painted by the hospital as air con was put into the ceiling. The Willows have just purchased 2 large chest of drawers and 2 bedside cabinets. The curtains have now been ordered and they are looking into getting a special recliner chair for the dads to stay in, as because it is going to also be used for emergency situations the bed must stay a single hospital mobile bed.
GOD BLESS you Willows.
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