New bereavement room opens in Withybush
12:02pm Sunday 22nd September 2013 in News
A BEREAVEMENT room for people who have suffered the tragic loss of a baby has officially opened on Withybush Hospital’s maternity unit.
The ribbon was cut by Hayley Vallance and television personality Anna Ryder Richardson on Tuesday, September 17.
The room, which includes kitchen facilities, a leather couch donated by Vincent Davies and flat screen television, was dedicated to the memory of Hayley’s son who was stillborn.
Speaking at the unveiling, an emotional Hayley said: “Five years ago today Will and I suffered the terrible loss of our baby boy George. I remember saying to him we will get through this, and from that moment I felt I wanted to help other people who had shared our grief through the same circumstances.
“We hope this room will provide the warmth and comfort needed after the loss of a baby.”
Hayley has been fundraising for the room along with her friends Nicola Merriman, Claire Lewis and Kelly Philpin. Last year they organised a Bridezilla Ball in Narberth, where they raised an incredible £18,000 for SANDS, Withybush Special Care Baby Unit and the Foundation for the Study of Infant Death.
Anna Ryder Richardson told The Western Telegraph: “Hayley approached me about opening the room as our children go to the same school. She didn’t realise that I too had lost a baby in 2001. I was in Canada at the time and they were so special and lovely to me. To think that poor Hayley didn’t have a room like this is quite hard to take.
“Unless you’ve gone through something like that, you have no idea; there is nothing but that moment and this room is just perfect for hiding away in.”
Julie Wall, head of midwifery at Withybush, added: “It’s going to be a fantastic facility. Previously parents who had suffered a bereavement were stuck in a bedroom-type environment.
“Often when there is a bereavement, the whole family wants to come in, and this is a really nice room for them to be together.”
*People whose lives have been touched by the loss of a baby, during pregnancy or shortly after birth, are invited to attend a memorial service on October 23 at 6.30pm in St Lukes Chapel, Withybush Hospital.
Natalie Abbas from Pembrokeshire Sands also welcomes people to contact her on email@example.com
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