Couple aim to raise funds for bereavement room for stillborn babies at Bassetlaw Hospital

Keith and Emma Hampson with their Daughters headstone which was originally rejected by the council
Keith and Emma Hampson with their Daughters headstone which was originally rejected by the council

A Harworth couple are aiming to raise vital funds to help build a bereavement room for stillborn babies at Bassetlaw Hospital.

Keith and Emma Hampson lost their daughter Evelyn Barbara when Emma was 37-weeks pregnant in January.

The loving Bircotes pair, who also have another daughter called Scarlett, now say they want to use their situation to do something for other people in a similar position.

It is thought the total cost for the development of a bereavement room is £35,000.

“We wanted to do something positive,” Keith said.

“There are a lot of people that suffer in silence.

“We are coping with it. We have our bad days but they can be expected.”

Karen Cousins, Bassetlaw Labour Suite lead midwife, told the Guardian this week: “It is heart-breaking when babies are stillborn or die shortly after their birth.

“We are immensely grateful to Mr and Mrs Hampson for their thoughtfulness at a time of such grief in their own lives.

“The money they have raised will be added to existing donations for the refurbishment of a room on the Labour Ward at Bassetlaw Hospital and will greatly improve our current facilities to support the care of parents and families who are experiencing the tragic loss of their baby.”

The next charity day organised by the couple is ‘An Evening at the Frogs’ on Saturday, October 17 at The Welfare Hall, on Whitehouse Road, Bircotes. The event will include lots of games, face painting and a raffle.

Tickets are priced £2.50 for adults and £1.50 for children (under 16s must be with an adult). The price of ticket also includes a hot dog. Doors open at 3.30pm.

For more information call Keith on 07588 781 940.