Determined parents hit top note for charity.
Fundraisers Larissa Cass and Dave Smethurst from Scunthorpe know first-hand the importance of a private and comfortable space within the hospital and away from the normal activity of the ward for parents who have lost their babies.
Larissa and Dave unfortunately lost their little girl Bonnie-Rae in August 2015, so the Health Tree Foundation’s (HTF) maternity bereavement suite appeal at Scunthorpe General Hospital appeal is close to their hearts.
Events were organised over two consecutive weekends in August.
First up, local bus drivers from Hornsby Travel and Stagecoach went boot to boot in a charity football match, followed by a karaoke evening at Brumby Hall, Scunthorpe which saw divas and crooners sing their hearts out to the Spice girls, Westlife and Frank Sinatra.
Over 200 people attended both events and helped raise over £2000 for HTF appeal.
Organisers Larissa and Dave said: “We wanted to help other parents who find themselves in this situation by raising money for the appeal.”
“Nothing will take away the pain and heartache of losing your child, but having a private facility where they can go and be together as a family will certainly help in the healing process.”
HTF community champion Hayley Thompson said: “Unfortunately we will never be able to stop the pain parents feel when coming to terms with a stillbirth, but we can help make a difference by creating a comfortable environment for families to stay together during this difficult time.”
“I meet with bereaved families on a regular basis and they never cease to amaze me with their strength and passion. They raise funds to help other parents who will sadly need to use of the facilities.”
“I would like to thank everyone involved in Dave and Larissa’s fundraising events because of their help we have been able to raise not just money but awareness of the appeal”.
If you like to any information about the HTF appeal or how you can get involved in helping raise funds for your local hospital, please contact HTF community champion Hayley Thompson on 03033 305672 or email: Hayley.Thompson3@nhs.net.