A mayoral focus after a personal tragedy
“When deciding which charities to support during my year in office I wanted to choose one which would reflect my personal experience,” says Former Lord Mayor of Nottingham, Councillor Mohammed Saghir.
Cllr Saghir and his family suffered the heartbreak of losing his son at only three months old, following a premature birth. “Having experienced having a premature baby I decided to support Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Neonatal Appeal. Having looked at the excellent work in support of patients and families at the City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre Neonatal Units, I decided that I would like to support them by asking them to be one of my nominated charities for the year.”
The Lord Mayor used his civic profile to host a special Thankyou Tea Party in aid of the Charity, in the Grand Dining Hall at Nottingham’s Council House. He welcomed over 120 guests, many of whom also had personal reasons to be grateful to Nottingham Children’s Hospital for the support their families had received.
Across Nottingham’s City and QMC hospitals there are around 10,000 births each year, with happy mums and dads going home with their new bundles of joy. However, each year there are around 140 stillbirths or deaths before full term delivery, leaving their families with a shattering blow.
Welcoming the opportunity to raise the profile of the need to support families who have lost babies the Lord Mayor has also been a key supporter of the Children’s Hospital’s newest appeal – the Big Appeal. Delighted to have brought so many families together the Lord Mayor summed up by saying: “It was a pleasure to welcome so many supporters to afternoon tea.”