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Couple gain comfort from donation to Heartlands

Bereavement Donation - Rob and Michala Sheedy at HeartlandsA local couple have turned their tragedy into hope, raising a huge £4,000 for the Heartlands Unit where they were treated.

Michala and Rob Sheedy, from Sheldon, raised the money in memory of their baby boy, Byren, who was sadly still-born in July 2011 and have provided much-needed equipment for specialist bereavement Unit, the Eden Suite, where he was delivered.

Rob Sheedy, said: “The staff on the Eden Suite were absolutely brilliant, in difficult and emotional circumstances. We wanted to do this to show our gratitude and also make sure other families in our situation are given the best possible care. Through Byren’s memory, other families will be able to benefit from the donation and care Heartlands has to offer.”

The couple have provided a cold-cot, a special item of equipment which gives bereaved parents valuable extra time to spend with their baby, enabling them to create precious memories of their baby. The money will also go towards more furnishings for the Unit’s rooms including new beds, side cabinets and comfy sofa chairs.

Clare Beesley, Specialist Bereavement Midwife at the Hospital, said: “We are so thankful to Michaela and Rob for their generosity. The cold-cot is such an important item for our unit, and the refurbishment helps so much because it’s those little touches which make a couples’ stay more comfortable.

The Sheedys organised fundraising events with raffles and discos and received donations from friends, family, staff at Jaguar Land Rover and Sainsbury’s. The Family also received a donation from the Lee Caulfield Friends’ Association.

If you are interested in fundraising for your local Hospital, call the Fundraising team on 0121 424 3838, or You can follow Heart of England Fundraising

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