Staff in Torbay Hospital’s maternity unit were delighted to receive a fantastic donation of £1,584 from the South West office of Rock Compliance, following their annual Race the Regions fundraising event.
The team at Rock Compliance decided to raise funds for the Mary Delve Bereavement Suite in the maternity unit following the support that a member of the Rock Compliance team received earlier this year, after he and his wife suffered the loss of their baby son Buddy.
The suite is used by families affected by the loss of a baby during pregnancy or immediately after birth.
The funds were raised by Rock Compliance’s annual Race the Regions event. Race the Regions is an inclusive company-wide walk, run, swim and cycle challenge, touring between the nine regional offices; a distance of 2,564.4 miles. Each team was made up of eight people, and the distance could be covered by any of the means.
Anna Stewart, Bereavement Midwife at Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We are so grateful to Rock Compliance for their generous support. Their donation will help fund items that can’t be funded by the NHS but that we know will make such a difference to the bereaved families that we support.
“We are currently raising funds for items for the Mary Delve Bereavement Suite and to refurbish our quiet room, which provides a calming space for families to receive and understand potentially upsetting news.
“Previous donations have helped fund a coffee machine, books to support families and ‘Heart in Hand’ keepsake hearts that come in two parts; one that can be placed in the baby’s hand or blanket when saying goodbye, and the other for the parent to keep.”
Becky Bellett, Operations Scheduler at Rock Compliance, said: “Between us as a Race the Regions team we walked, ran, swam, and cycled the 2564.4 miles and used this as a way of raising funds for the Mary Delve Suite to create a lasting legacy for Buddy. We are hoping that the funds raised will help to purchase items that will benefit other families affected.”
Torbay and South Devon NHS Charity was established to benefit the patients of Torbay and South Devon NHS Foundation Trust. Donations and fundraising help to enhance and improve patient care, funding equipment or projects that are over and above those provided by government funding. To donate, please visit www.justgiving.com/torbaysouthdevon-nhs