Three ladies from Pinderfields Hospital are helping bereaved parents to keep the memories of their babies alive after completing a 10k run in aid of the charity 4Louis.
Joanne Whiteside, Frances Shaw and Ros Jackson raised over £500 for the charity; a family-run organisation which produces memory boxes and cuddle cots for patients who suffer a stillbirth, neonatal death or early miscarriage.
“I ordered some memory boxes for the hospital, after our senior sister had seen them elsewhere,“ said Joanne. “The charity provides the boxes free of charge to hospitals, and on talking to the team there I knew I wanted to do something to help. So I decided on a 10k run!
“I’m amazed by how much we have raised, the generosity and support of my colleagues has been fabulous.”
The memory boxes are designed so grieving parents can capture as many memories as possible, and contain a range of items to enable them to do this, from a clay impression kit - to capture an impression of babies’ hands and feet - to forget me not seeds to plant.
“Stillbirth, neonatal death or an early miscarriage are hard for any parent to go through, and we do all we can to help at what is a devastating time. We know these boxes can’t replace a loss but they do help to bring comfort.”
Joanne has vowed to do the run every year to raise funds for the charity.
Photo: (l-r): Joanne Whiteside - HCA, Frances Shaw – registered nurse and Ros Jackson - gynae oncology Macmillan nurse.