Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity and Millennium Point are working together to support bereaved parents in the Midlands and beyond, as part of the hospital charity’s brand-new £3.5million Woodland House Appeal.
Every year, approximately 2,000 women and families at Birmingham Women’s Hospital are given heartbreaking and life-changing bereavement news.
Space within the hospital is limited and as such these conversations currently take place in rooms and on busy wards which don’t reflect the significance of a family’s loss.
To change this, Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity has launched the £3.5million fundraising appeal to create Woodland House – a brand-new, purpose-built bereavement centre at the hospital, separate from the main building, where families, who experience baby loss, can spend time together, before they feel ready to face the world again.
Millennium Point is one of the appeal’s founding champions, being one of the city’s first corporate organisations to pledge to raise funds over the next year.
Saranne Moreno, Corporate Strategic Partnerships Manager at Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity, said: “Woodland House will set the standard for pregnancy and baby loss care nationally and we are absolutely delighted to have the support of Millennium Point for this truly invaluable appeal.
“We will never ease the heartbreak of losing a precious child, but with the support of Millennium Point we can create an environment that truly recognises and honours a family’s loss. We need to raise £3.5 million to make Woodland House a reality and our partnership with Millennium Point will bring us a step closer to our target.”
The team at Millennium Point is diving straight into its fundraising, with plans to host a tea party as part of the NHS Big Tea on Friday 5 July, which celebrates both the NHS and NHS Charities. It will also be supporting Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity with its activities during Baby Loss Awareness week in October.
Abbie Vlahakis, Interim CEO of Millennium Point said: “Over the last 18 years, Millennium Point has been able to support a wide variety of projects and causes across the West Midlands; we are pleased to assist Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity with its new appeal, which will give thousands of families the help and environment they need at such a difficult time in their lives.”
Birmingham Women’s Hospital is one of only two dedicated women’s hospitals in the UK, with the busiest single-site maternity unit and Woodland House will be the first pregnancy-loss support centre of its kind. Building work will only start when the money needed has been raised.
Find out more about the Woodland House Appeal or make a donation online at: bwh.org.uk/woodland-house.
Or to donate £5, text WOODLAND to 70970 (standard terms apply).