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Zephyr’s centre shortlisted for national award

Our Zephyr’s centre, which supports families who have experienced the loss of a pregnancy, baby or child, has been shortlisted for a national award.

Zephyr’s, which is managed by Nottingham Hospitals Charity and provides support for bereaved families, has been shortlisted for the ‘Best Support Organisation’ category in the annual Butterfly Awards, for the second year running.

The awards take place annually and celebrate people who have survived baby loss, and those who provide support for people who have lost a baby.

Please vote for Zephyr’s today by clicking here.

Based at Nottingham City Hospital, the Zephyr’s centre was opened in April 2017 with the help of Carly Williams and Martin Sommerville, a couple from St Ann’s who raised £20,000 for the centre in memory of their son Zephyr, who was stillborn in December 2013.

After being cared for on the maternity wards at City Hospital following the loss of Zephyr, Carly and Martin decided to start fundraising to create a separate centre where families who had lost a baby or child could receive support in a caring and homely environment, away from the maternity and children’s wards.

Carly, who is now the Project Manager for Zephyr’s, said: “We set up Zephyr’s in our son’s name to create a better place for families and staff to come together in compassionate surroundings, to find strength to talk openly about our children and grief and be in the company of others who understand.

“It’s amazing to have been shortlisted for a Butterfly Award, and to see Zephyr’s named alongside such wonderful organisations. It’s a real honour to know also that the work that Zephyr’s is doing is being recognised – not much more than a year since we started – and not just by those who that we support or work with locally, but at these national awards, among others across the country.”

The Butterfly Awards take place in Warwickshire on Saturday 19 October. From 8pm on Thursday 26 September until 11pm on Saturday 12 October 2019, members of the public can vote for the shortlisted nominees. The results of the public vote will be combined with the decision of a judging panel to determine the winners of each category.

To vote for Zephyr’s please click here. Please note, you can only vote once per IP address.

For more information about our Zephyr’s Appeal, please click here.