Last Thursday, around 100 supporters of the Snowdrop Appeal were invited to have their say on the new bereavement unit, which will form part of Maternity Services at Derriford Hospital.
The Snowdrop Appeal was set up by Greg and Jen Phillips whose baby, Jasmine Phillips, was sadly stillborn at 32 weeks gestation on the 29th of January 2009. The couple wanted to help other bereaved parents by helping to fund a specialist unit at Derriford Hospital, as well as to provide support to help families through such a difficult time.
“The Snowdrop Appeal has captured the attention of so many: individuals, local businesses families who have had their care here at University Hospital Plymouth. Other charities – the support has been astounding and hugely appreciated’ said Director of Maternity Services, Sue Wilkins. “This is a celebration of everyone who has committed so much time and energy to supporting maternity care here in Plymouth.
“Entirely through charitable donations, we’ve raised enough money to build a distinct, bespoke bereavement unit.”
The evening, which was hosted by Plymouth Hospitals Charity and University Hospitals Plymouth’s Maternity Services, provided the opportunity for those who have supported the appeal to give their input before building starts on the unit later this year.
“For us it’s really important that parents who lose their babies, either early or full term, have the facilities so they can have their babies delivered in a dignified and supportive environment,” said Greg Phillips.
“We couldn’t change what happened to us or Jasmine, but we could change what happens for parents in the future.”