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Couple raise £5,000 for Maternity Unit in memory of daughter

Couple raise £5,000 for Maternity Unit in memory of daughter

Date of release: 26 October 2021 

A couple have raised nearly £5,000 for the Maternity Unit at New Cross Hospital in memory of their daughter. 

Sunny Edwards was born sleeping at 8.52pm on Sunday, August 8th 2021 about halfway through Abbie’s pregnancy. The couple found out that Sunny’s heart had stopped beating two days prior. 

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Abbie Rodger and Josh Edwards, with Kirsty Malcolm, Specialist Midwife for Bereavement Services


Abbie Rodger, 27, and her partner Josh Edwards, 25, both from Bilbrook cycled around 94 miles / 151km from Wolverhampton to Oxford on the last day of this year’s Baby Loss Awareness Week, on Friday, October 15th. Abbie’s father George also joined for the ride. 

Through their fundraising, they have raised an amazing £4,895 which has been donated to the Willow Suite on the unit, a bereavement suite within the maternity ward at New Cross for parents.

“The time we got to spend with our little girl in the Willow Suite, and the care, kindness and patience of the midwives and other staff from New Cross was a lifeline in the most traumatic and heart-breaking time of our lives,” said Abbie. “We’d like to thank nurses Ena and Hayley in particular, who were both incredible.” 

“Alongside the time we were given to spend with Sunny, we were given beautiful things such as a memory box with a glass angel, certificate of life, a photo book, teddies and more. We hold on to these tight every day and will do forever.

“While speaking to the midwives, we learnt how the furniture and little touches in the rooms are reliant on donations. We would like to help ensure the Willow Suite is able to continue to provide other families who sadly find themselves in this situation the same level of care and comfort in what is ultimately one of the most distressing things they will likely experience.”

The couple are planning to continue fundraising, to support charities such as Sands, Looking After Parents and Siblings (LAPS), the Lily Mae Foundation and others.

Kirsty Malcolm, Specialist Midwife for Bereavement Services, said: “Abbie and Josh are amazing people who have put a lot of time and effort into fundraising for our Willow Suite at New Cross Hospital.”

Carole Sadler, Bereavement Midwife added: “Raising awareness of baby loss for their daughter Sunny, they have supported each other and given back to the Willow Suite. Using the money raised for families like themselves, they have created a beautiful birth environment under such sad and heart-breaking circumstances. They are truly inspirational.”

Rachel Robinson, Community and Events Fundraiser for The RWT Charity, said: “Our thoughts are with Abbie and Josh, and we want to say how very grateful we are for their generous fundraising.”

To read more stories about supporters of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust Charity, visit Thank You to our Supporters.

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