Medway Maritime Hospital
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Lady Astor of Hever, Patron of charity Abigail’s Footsteps, officially opened the maternity bereavement suite Abigail’s Place at Medway Maritime Hospital, on Tuesday 1st November 2016. Abigail’s Footsteps funded the major project and marks the end of a successful partnership with local construction firm CEC Developments Limited and other local businesses.
The Countess of Wessex visited the bereavement suite on 19th April 2017, along with charity Vice President Cheryl Baker, who said “At a time in parents’ lives when their world has crashed around them, it is a place of tranquility and calm, and which, I believe, will help to ease their pain.”
Diana Hamilton-Fairley, Medical Director at Medway NHS Foundation Trust said:
“The new bereavement suite will provide a place of solace and comfort for parents, where they can spend those precious last few moments with their child. This has taken months of hard work and dedication – particularly on the part of David and Jo Ward – so it is great that the project has now reached fruition. We’re also delighted to have the company of Lady Astor to mark this positive, yet poignant occasion.”
David Ward, co-founder of Abigail’s Footsteps said:
“We are delighted and honoured that Lady Astor is visiting the new suite. This is our first purpose built bereavement suite where parents can spend precious time with their stillborn baby away from the cries of new-borns. It is particularly poignant that our first suite should be at Medway Maritime Hospital as it was here that my wife Jo gave birth to Abigail who was the inspiration for the charity.”