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24 August 2022

Work begins on NHS charity funded £160k baby bereavement suite at Leighton Hospital

Work has begun to create a purpose-built bereavement suite at Leighton Hospital.

The funding for the suite was raised through a fundraising appeal which was launched by Mid Cheshire Hospitals Charity (MCH Charity) in 2019. Robertson Construction is currently working on several projects at the Leighton Hospital site and is assisting with the provision of the new suite as part of its commitment to the communities where they work.

The suite will allow parents to stay together with their baby in a comfortable, non-clinical environment, and will also have an outside space where families can relax in the fresh air and spend quiet time together away from the rest of the labour ward.

Emma Robertson, MCH charity manager, said: "When we launched the appeal in September 2019, we were overwhelmed by the support we received from our local communities who donated and fundraised for the appeal. We had to pause all fundraising when the pandemic started but we were able to restart towards the end of 2020 and had reached our £100,000 target by early 2021.

"The design that the maternity team had created was coming in over budget and we were literally going to have to go back to the drawing board to scale down the design. That's when Robertson Construction got involved and along with their supply chain offered a solution to meet the aspirations of the maternity team. This has meant we can have everything on the wish-list which has just blown us away, we can't thank our local communities and the team at Robertson Construction enough."

Beth Santangeli, senior business development manager, Robertson Construction North West, said: "One of our aims is to leave a lasting legacy associated with the projects that we undertake, and when we understood the significant impact our support would have for this project, we were more than happy to become involved.

"Being a family business, we have family values at our core, and we support one another in the same way. A number of our colleagues understand first hand the importance of this suite and the difference that it will make to families and the maternity team at the hospital, we are proud to be able to support the Trust this way."