More than 200 people attended the opening on Saturday of ‘Zephyr’s’ – a special support centre at the City Hospital for parents who suffer the loss of a pregnancy, baby or child.
The centre, in a former flat on the hospital campus, was set up thanks to the dedication of Nottingham couple Carly Williams and Martin Sommerville whose son Zephyr was stillborn at the hospital. They raised £20,000 through Nottingham Hospitals Charity and worked with other families, NUH staff and volunteers to transform the flat where families will be able to access counselling and peer support away from the maternity wards.
Visitors to the Open Day on Saturday had a look round the centre, took part in arts activities, met staff and families and helped plant apple trees and flowers outside the centre.
Carly says: “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 our grief and be in the company of others who understand. It is wonderful to see that dream now become reality.
“Heartfelt thanks to everyone who was part of Zephyr’s opening on Saturday and to all those who’ve got the place to where it is by lovingly giving their time, care and creativity. Warmest gratitude also to everyone who came to visit – there was such compassion, warmth, imagination, song, sharing and love for all our children. Thanks for being there.”
Nottingham Hospitals Charity Chief Executive Barbara Cathcart says: “Zephyr’s shows what can be done when people work with our Charity to make their dream project become reality. Carly and Martin came to us with an idea and it is wonderful to see this now taking shape. Zephyrs promises to be a place of compassion where families can receive much needed support to help them recover from the heartbreak of child bereavement or stillbirth.”
During April Zephyr’s will be announcing drop-in groups and ways to get involved with activities and support.To keep up to date, and to be first to know about how you can access support services, please like the Zephyr’s Facebook page:
To find out more about volunteering or fundraising for Zephyr’s, please contact Nottingham Hospitals Charity:
To contact the Child Bereavement Team please call 0115 9249924 extension 66276.
To contact the Bereavement Midwife, Mandy Dann, please call 0115 969 1169 extension 55186 or 07812 268 105.