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Chelmsford Ladies Circle Donation
Fundraiser Sidney Macdonald from Chelmsford Ladies' Circle (second from right), with Tabitha Stuthridge, bereavment midwife (far right) and members of the maternity team.

June 18

Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle generously donate variety of items to support parents who have experienced a stillbirth

The Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle has generously donated a variety of items for the bereavement midwifery team to use to support parents who have experienced a stillbirth.

In addition, they have given £500 to fund the 3D hand and foot casting service, which creates a special memory for families to treasure.

The gifts include a memorial frame for families to display a butterfly with their baby’s name at our midwifery bereavement suite, ‘heart in their hand’ memory keyrings, a changing and bath station, a Bluetooth speaker to enhance the suite’s atmosphere, and 20 copies of a support book for fathers.

The group chose to support the maternity bereavement suite as many of their members have young children or are currently pregnant and they wanted to help parents in Chelmsford that are sadly experiencing a loss. They raised the funds via a quiz night, running the VIP tent at the Chelmsford Round Table Fireworks and holding their annual Bunny Hunt at Easter. 

In addition to their donation to the bereavement midwifery team, they also gave £300 to benefit children on Phoenix Ward.

Sidney Macdonald, immediate past chairman of Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle, said: “Being a new mum with little support around us, it was important to me to find ways to help support young families and new parents in Chelmsford during my time as Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle Chairman. 

“I am pleased we have been able to provide items that will help the midwifery team offer support and comfort to families who go through such an unimaginable loss.”

Tabitha Stuthridge, bereavement midwife, said: “We are incredibly grateful to the Chelmsford Ladies’ Circle for such a lovely selection of gifts for bereaved families. It means a great deal to the families we support that we can offer keepsakes of their babies, such as hand and foot casting.

“It will also make a wonderful addition to our bereavement suite to have this new literature to offer fathers and a Bluetooth speaker through which families can play soothing music.”