Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals’ Charity (DBTH Charity) is proudly supporting Baby Loss Awareness Week 2022 (9 to 15 October) and urging the community to get involved.
Baby Loss Awareness Week, now in its 20th year, is an opportunity for everyone who has experienced this kind of bereavement to come together to remember and commemorate much-loved and missed little ones.
The week also provides an opportunity to raise awareness of the impact of pregnancy and baby loss; the importance that bereavement support plays in the ongoing bereavement journey; and of the vital work that is needed to improve pregnancy outcomes and to save babies’ lives.
The hospital charity, which supports Doncaster Royal Infirmary, Bassetlaw Hospital and Montagu Hospital, launched the ‘Serenity Appeal’ in February of this year to make major enhancements and improvements to its bereavement services within maternity.
Healthcare professionals at the Trust are hoping to raise £150,000, money which will fund a dedicated bereavement suite at Doncaster Royal Infirmary, a mobile ultrasound scanner for the Early Pregnancy Unit (EPAU) at Bassetlaw Hospital and refurbishments to two counselling rooms for services across both sites.
As the namesake and centrepiece of the appeal, the ‘Serenity Suite’ will be a designated space at Doncaster Royal Infirmary for families to stay if they have experienced a bereavement, allowing them to spend time with, and mourn, the loss of their new-born. It will be a self-contained and sound-proofed environment, equipped with a kitchen and bathroom, as well as having soft furnishings and lightings, all of which, it is hoped, will help support families during a highly sensitive time.
Throughout the week, the charity alongside the Trusts Bereavement Midwives and Early Pregnancy Unit Team will be visiting locations across Doncaster & Bassetlaw including Lakeside Shopping Centre and Morrison’s stores in Doncaster, Retford & Worksop to provide support to local families and raise awareness of The Serenity Appeal.
Alongside these stands, the charity will run various events including a 12-hour walk followed by a lantern walk in partnership with Sands United South Yorkshire on Saturday 8 October, a charity concert organised by Thorne Rural Lions on Sunday 9 October, ending with its second skydive on Friday 14 October.
Full details of locations the charity will be visiting and events can be found here: https://dbthcharity.co.uk/blaw2022/
In addition to these activities, the charity is working with key landmarks across the community asking them to light pink and blue throughout the duration of the week alongside the hospitals.
The charity is urging local companies and other key landmarks to join to show your support to Baby Loss Awareness Week. Participants can also illuminate just for the 15th October, or just the hour between 19:00-20:00 on the 15th October to join in the global Wave of Light.
Rhian Morris, Bereavement Midwife from Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals, said: “I hope that our Baby Loss Awareness Week activities will spark conversations about baby loss and give local bereaved parents and families an opportunity to talk about their precious babies, whilst supporting The Serenity Appeal.
To date, with thanks to the community that surrounds us, we’ve raised over £80,000 towards the appeal but still have a long way to go to help us reach our final target of £150,000 and we urge you to consider supporting Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals Charity during this week to help us continue to raise funds towards the appeal”
Local businesses, schools and community groups can get involved by organising awareness activities within your workplace throughout the week or hosting fundraising activities to help raise funds for The Serenity Appeal. For support please contact the charities fundraising team on email@example.com.