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A Halesowen accountancy firm has raised £1,265 for a hospital charity’s baby bereavement campaign, to improve the environment in which families spend time adjusting to the death of their baby. 
Godfrey Mansell & Co-organised a fundraising quiz which gathered their clients, employees, and families, in aid of The Dudley Group NHS Charity’s campaign. 
Launched in 2018, the campaign has so far helped to create a baby bereavement suite in the maternity department at Russells Hall Hospital. It has also offered maternity staff specialist bereavement care training to ensure families are given high quality, sensitive support, as well as providing bereaved parents with the choice to have keepsakes and photographs. 
The charity is now looking to create a second suite, and the money raised by Godfrey Mansell & Co will go towards this. 
Maternity matron Claire Macdiarmid said: “I have been a midwife for 15 years and during that time, I have met many families that have suffered the unthinkable tragedy of losing a baby. I truly appreciated the need for improved bereavement facilities for the families of Dudley.” 
The Trust’s specialist bereavement midwife Holly Haden added: “The suite is making a massive difference. It provides families with a space that isn’t clinical, and soundproofing is so important to remove background noise. 
“The room has an en suite, kitchenette facilities and a double bed, with partners being encouraged to stay. Families can use the suite for as long as they need to, which is why we want to create a second suite. We know that this space is invaluable to families from the feedback we receive.” 
Mark, Partner at Godfrey Mansell & Co adds ‘As a local hospital and Charitable cause close to our hearts, we really wanted to support the meticulous work of Claire, Holly and team, especially in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. Their dedication and thoughtfulness have transpired in the invention and creation of the bereavement suite, with focus on sensitivity to those needs of the local families. With continued investment in resources and a second bereavement suite, we aim as a business in the community to help raise exposure as to the work of the Charity and to continue with our fundraising activities in the years to come’ 
You can donate by visiting the Charities JustGiving Page: 
Editor, Nithee Kotecha 
Fundraising and Community Development Lead  
The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust 
Dudley Group NHS Charity | Charity Number: 1056979 
2nd Floor, Trust HQ, Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley DY1 2HQ 
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