Couple Launch Fundraiser For Cuddle Cot To Help Other Bereaved Parents

On 9th March 2017 Juliette Dyke and her partner Ben, lost their baby girl Rosa, during pregnancy following a diagnosis of Edwards’ Syndrome. The midwifery team at The Royal Sussex hospital, Brighton the were incredibly compassionate and supportive, Rosaand they encouraged the couple to spend time with their daughter, both at the hospital and at home before she was cremated, in order to create precious memories and enable them to take their time in saying goodbye.

The couple had no idea that any of this was even an option, but it was made possible by the loan of a cuddle cot, also known as a cold cot. This specialised piece of equipment fits inside a Moses basket and helps keeps the baby cool. It is also transportable so that the parents can spend time with their baby in a non-medical environment, such as a bereavement suite at the hospital or at home with their family.

Juliette and her partner were lucky that the Royal Sussex had a cuddle cot that they could lend us, which was donated by the charity 4Louis. Sadly the loss of a baby is far too common, and the hospital is actually seeing an increase in their use, so an extra one is badly needed, so they have also decided to help 4Louis fundraise for a new Rosa mum and dadcuddle cot which costs £1,600. 00 Any additional funds will go towards helping the charity with their other work such as providing memory boxes for parents, photography equipment for hospitals, and funding the conversion of bereavement suites where parents can bond with their babies away from the maternity ward.

Juliette has already signed up to do The Color Run in Brighton on 23 September this year, and Ben is organising a charity golf tournament. So far they have raised over £500.

If anyone would like to sponsor them and help them reach their target, they would hugely appreciate the support.

You can donate via thier fundraising page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/TeamRosa, or text ROSA79 and the amount (either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10) to 70070.