Bucks Fizz singer Cheryl Baker presented Demelza Hospice Care for Children with a specialist piece of equipment and heard how it will help grieving parents.
Demelza was presented with a cold cot thanks to Abigail’s Footsteps, a national charity focussed on stillbirth bereavement. Cheryl Baker is a vice president with both charities.
During her visit to the Demelza children’s hospice in Sittingbourne Cheryl visited a special bedroom where a baby or child can lay at rest for up to five days after they have died, allowing their family to say goodbye in a familiar and supportive environment. The special bedroom has to be kept cold, which can mean parents cannot stay in the room for too long without becoming uncomfortable. Thanks to the donation families could choose to only have the cot kept cold and they would also be able to take their baby out of the room.
Ryan Campbell, Demelza’s Chief Executive, said: “This will make such a difference to our families. We are very grateful for this donation which will help families at a very difficult time.”
The cold cot was given to Abigail’s Footsteps by an Aylesford resident Harry House. Harry was born premature and his chances of survival were slim, but he survived against the odds and has recently celebrated his 18th birthday. He wanted to mark the milestone by doing something special to help others. Unfortunately he was unable to attend the presentation as he was on holiday.
David Ward, the founder and Chief Executive of Abigail’s Footsteps presented the cot with Cheryl Baker. Over the past five years Abigail’s Footsteps have purchased and then donated 15 cold cots to hospitals and hospices.