The funds were raised by generous football fans and match officials through bucket collections present at matches held in October 2020 when lockdown restrictions eased, and 25% of admission sales.
The appeal for a Maternity Bereavement Suite at QEH was launched by the Trust in early 2020 with an ambition to build a dedicated facility for bereaved parents who sadly lose their babies either during, or shortly after birth. The Space will enable parents to create precious memories with their baby, at their most difficult time, in a safe and welcoming space away from a clinical setting.
Andrew Dix, Chairman of NWNFL, said: “We are really pleased to have raised these funds to support QEH’s Maternity Bereavement Suite Appeal. It’s an incredibly worthy cause and I’m glad we are able to help.”
Caroline Shaw CBE, Chief Executive at QEH, said: “We want to say a huge thank you to all the clubs, match officials and supporters who donated to the appeal. Their generous contribution will make a difference to the care we give to those families staying with us through their most difficult time.”
Recently 40 members of staff also raised just short of £15,000 after taking part in a skydive which took a great chunk out of the £185,000 target.
With thanks to funds raised by the local community and the Trust’s own charity, the much-needed redevelopment received the go-ahead in November 2020, however additional funds are being raised to furnish the suite and make it as welcoming as possible for families who will use it.