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Current fundraising total at 13/01/2022 - £200,361.84
Northamptonshire Health Charity are really pleased to confirm that the Twinkling Stars Appeal, launched by KGH Charity Fund, will of course continue.

 

At the moment the hospital’s bereavement room is situated within the labour suite itself – where parents with normal births are celebrating their new arrivals.

This feels inappropriate at times of great sadness for bereaved families and can add to the sense of loss that they feel.

Kettering General Hospital’s Lead Bereavement Midwife, Lisa Drummond, said: “Each year we care for up to 100 families who suffer the heartbreak of losing their baby.

This can happen during pregnancy, around birth itself, or through compassionate induction – where a baby has so many genetic problems that they will not survive.

This is an extremely upsetting and emotional time for families who may have come to hospital expecting the joy of childbirth – and have to leave with empty arms.

While we work very closely and supportively with parents in this situation we know that our facilities really let us down and we want to change that.”

Help us to enhance the facilities for bereaved parents at Kettering General Hospital.

The Trust’s facilities currently consist of:

  • The Snowdrop Room – A standard delivery room within the Delivery Suite that is our only current facility for bereavement care.  Across the corridor is a small room which contains a refrigerated cold cot where a baby’s body can be kept. Behind the room there is a small courtyard garden developed with the support of Northamptonshire SANDS (the Stillborn and Neonatal Death Charity).
  • A shared sitting room within the Delivery Suite.  This family room is used primarily by parents having normal deliveries and who are celebrating. Bereaved families currently have to share the use of this room with them.

The plan is to develop a new bereavement suite – adjacent to the Delivery Suite but entirely separate from it – where families who have suffered a loss can get quiet, compassionate and supportive care and spend time with their loved one.

It would create:

  • A new bereavement room with ensuite bathroom and an appropriate cold cot
  • A new Family Room just for bereaved families to use entirely separate from the delivery suite. This would be a place where family members could meet, wait in, and use in support of bereaved parents. It would have a kitchenette, sofa bed, and be a quiet private place.
  • Quiet Room and office – This would be a place where the bereavement midwives are based which would have the dual purpose of being a quiet room where bad news could be communicated or where post mortem results could be discussed. The bereavement midwives currently share offices in the Delivery Suite.

Former Head of Strategic Corporate and Community Fundraising for KGH Charity Fund, Jayne Chambers, said: “This is about the hospital doing everything that it can to ease some of the pain that families feel when they lose a baby.

We know our current facilities need to be significantly improved and we are seeking the help of our local community in changing this.

It is about providing the sort of care you would want to have for yourself, or for other members of your family, if this kind of tragedy were to befall you.”

IMPORTANT UPDATE ABOUT VIRGIN MONEY GIVING

As you may be aware, Virgin Money Giving (VMG) are closing so will no longer be able to offer fundraisers or charities their online fundraising platform.  After 30 November, VMG will stop accepting donations and fundraising pages will close automatically.  They will continue to claim Gift Aid on all relevant donations and pay it to us in the usual way.

As a result, Northamptonshire Health Charity have set up a Twinkling Stars appeal page via Enthuse to which people can make a donation online instead of VMG.  We would like to confirm that all of the donations that have been made previously to the VMG page have been received by the charity and added to the appeal total and any made more recently that have not yet been received, will come to us along with any Gift Aid in due course.

WAYS TO DONATE

If you do post us a cheque please be sure to include your name and address so that we can thank you for your kind donation.

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DO SOME FUNDRAISING

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who has made a donation to the Twinkling Stars appeal so far and to all of you who have been doing some fantastic fundraising.

Do you have your very own fantastic fundraising idea?

We have a virtual >>fundraising pack<< available to download with suggestions, hints and tips.

Or, challenge yourself by taking part in a running event like a marathon, half marathon or tough mudder.  What about a skydive?  Or, a coffee morning and cake sale.

Whatever way you’d like to raise funds we are here to support you.

Please do get in contact with us if you have any queries or if you would like to know more about how you can get involved.

All the ways you can get in touch with us are right >>here<<.

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Be in with a chance to win the £25,000 jackpot by taking part in the Corby Lottery. It costs £1 per line per week with 50p in every £1 coming to us for the Twinkling Stars appeal. A further 10p in every £1 supports other local causes in Corby.

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