Lindsey Ward and Andrew Beastall will be facing their fears and taking part in a skydive to raise money for the Serenity Appeal at Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH), an appeal which will enhance maternity bereavement services throughout the Trust.
The couple will be taking to the skies on 16 March at Skydive Hibaldstow, jumping from a staggering 15,000 feet to support the appeal.
Lindsey’s sister, Rhian Morris, is a Bereavement Midwife at the Trust, and Lindsey wanted to do what she can to support her sister in the improvement of DBTH’s maternity bereavement services. She said: “I am so proud of my sister and her colleague, Mathew Proctor, for what they have achieved so far and wish to help support them with their vision for the future of how their service should be.”
“My partner and I would like to help raise vital funds for this worthy cause as we know of friends, family members, and colleagues that have suffered the devastation of baby loss. Every penny that we will be fortunate enough to raise will all be invested straight into the maternity bereavement services, to continue to help families of Doncaster and Bassetlaw.”
The appeal will fund the creation of the ‘Serenity Suite’ on the Women’s and Children’s Ward at DRI, which will be a designated space for families to go if they have experienced a bereavement and mourn the loss of their new-born. It will also fund the purchasing of a new scanning machine for Bassetlaw Hospital’s Early Pregnancy Assessment Unit (EPAU), as well as being used to renovate the counselling rooms both at DRI and Bassetlaw.
Rhian expressed her thanks to the couple, and commented on why this investment is so important. She said: “I’d like to thank Lindsey and Andy for choosing to support our appeal. They are showing true bravery (or madness!) in doing what they are, and I am immensely proud of them both for their fundraising efforts.
“The money raised will be vital in helping to transform the environment and services for our families that face the heartache of losing a baby. This is the one chance that families will have to spend with their baby and make memories, so it is vital we make their stay as comfortable and as homely as possible. This is what the families will remember for the rest of their lives.”
If you would like to donate to Andrew and Lindsey, you can do so through their Just Giving Page – www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lindsey-ward6. However, there are also a number of ways that you can donate to the wider appeal, whether you want to make a one-off donation, take part in a sponsored event, or create your own fundraising project – please head to https://dbthcharity.co.uk/serenity-appeal/ for more details.
If you have questions or would like to request more information in regards to this appeal, or for any other charitable project at the Trust, please contact the Charity Team on Tel: 01302 644244, email: DBTH.Charity@nhs.net or head to http://www.dbth.nhs.uk/charity