A Sheffield couple who lost a baby to stillbirth have raised thousands for other parents by holding a charity ball.
Rebekah Davies, aged 33, and her husband Simon, 39, whose daughter Tulip died at 23 weeks, organised the event at Hillsborough Golf Club in aid of the charity 4Louis.
The good cause provides ‘memory boxes’ filled with mementoes to remember babies who are stillborn or die on neonatal units.
But the event was such a success it raised more than £2,800 - allowing Rebekah and Simon to buy a special cot in Tulip’s memory for Sheffield’s Jessop maternity wing, as well as the boxes, which contain kits to make impressions of hand and footprints, teddies and a photo frame.
The ‘cuddle cot’ allows grieving parents to spend time with stillborn babies in less clinical and sterile surroundings.
“Currently cold cots are used, which are open refrigeration units,” said Rebekah, a speech and language therapist who has two daughters aged 12 and three, and a 16-year-old son.
“The cuddle cot is very quiet and can be used in conjunction with Moses baskets and offer the flexibility to be moved more freely.”
She said the ball was such a success that a similar event is planned for next year.
The ‘Tulip Ball’ featured live music and a raffle with prizes donated by local firms.
“We are delighted to say that we have raised over £2,800 for 4Louis, this includes what we raised through ticket sales, on the evening and through our Just Giving site,” Rebekah added.
“We are truly humbled by the love people have shown through donation of time, money and support.
“Our aim is to continue raising awareness and supporting the charity’s work by organising another ball.”
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Dempseys bar in Sheffield city centre is also holding a charity day on May 23, collecting funds for a waiting area in the bereavement suite at the Jessop wing.