Bereaved Mum Donates 100 Care Packages To Unit
Date of release: 16 June 2020
A mother whose baby tragically died has donated 100 care packages to staff at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust’s Neonatal Unit as she continues fundraising towards her target of £30,000 to buy an incubator.
Pamela Harvey, 43, lost son Louis on September 5 last year after he suffered a series of serious illnesses following his premature birth at just 25 weeks. He was just 52 days old when he passed away on the NNU.
Since losing Louis, Pamela, who lives in Hednesford with husband Tristan, 40, and sons Ashley, 19, and three-year-old Harrison, has dedicated much of her time since to raising money for the unit and staff where he spent all of his short life. Her Facebook page, Because of Louis, which started in December, has more than 300 followers and a video she posted on there has attracted over 2,500 views.
The care packs contained tissues, deodorant, sweets, a lollipop, tea, biscuits, a notepad and pen, paper clips, hand cream, a face mask and a candle. “I wanted to do something for the staff who are working so hard and do such a brilliant job,” said Pamela. “This has helped keep me going.” A note to staff placed with the packs read: “A little something from us to you during a time we couldn’t have imagined. A small thank you for all you do to help you through this difficult time. We know it’s your job to do all you can for these little treasures but we understand that sometimes it can be too much too. A little pack to help you through and realise we care about you.” Pamela also donated hampers full of essentials and goodies - one for staff and one for cleaners on the unit. A previous donation from her went to the Critical Care Unit at New Cross.
Through the page, Pamela is trying to raise £30,000 to pay for a Giraffe OmniBed Incubator, a state-of the-art piece of equipment which provides premature and ill babies with a controlled, stress-reduced environment. It helps regulate body temperature and features humidity control to avoid moisture loss through thin skin. It also allows parents to get closer to their babies, as the whole top of the incubator can be lifted.
Donations are now approaching £2,000, raised from the sale of wristbands declaring #BECAUSEOFLOUIS, street bingo and the money from wellwishers who would have bought flowers at Louis’s funeral. It’s not just money Pamela is helping generate - she has also donated 29 litres of breastmilk to Birmingham Women’s Hospital, part of which would have been sent to New Cross.
“The aim of 'Because of Louis' is to help improve babies’ lives as much as we can, on behalf of Louis, and to eventually provide valuable equipment which helps babies feel more comfortable during their toughest days and/or to provide more advanced equipment which could identify problems that little bit sooner,” said Pamela. “We hope this equipment will prove valuable to the ward, as well as the parents, but most importantly for other precious babies.” Pamela also wants to lend her support to other families who are going through similar experiences and is happy for them to get in touch with her. Her contact details are on the Because of Louis Facebook page.
Nikki Farrington, Specialist Nurse in Bereavement and Family Support , said: “Pamela is an extraordinarily brave and kind lady; she has faced the darkest times a parent can imagine, yet she has found light during that time in helping others. The Because of Louis movement not only helps to support the Neonatal Unit and is helping us achieve great things, but it also shows many other bereaved parents that they are not alone, that there is hope to face a new day.”
A sponsored walk by Pamela and members of her family from St Peter’s Church in Hednesford to New Cross and back set for July 25, totalling 19 miles, was postponed due to coronavirus but will be rescheduled at a later date.
Notes to Editor
- In preparing the packs, Pamela received help from Sainsbury's in Cannock, Yorkshire Tea from Taylors in Yorkshire, Claire West from Oriflame, Donna Davies, Polybags of Middlesex, Boxes2Go of Walsall, CS Labels of Wednesfield and the Book Factory.
- Before lockdown, Because of Louis collection boxes and wristbands were available in JJ Dewsbury Bakery in Hednesford, Hednesford Nursery and their Federation, Cannock Chase High School, KYDance Studio in Cannock and Morrisons staff canteen in Cannock, plus Wetherspoons pubs in Rugeley and Hednesford. Now shops are open again, it is hoped people will start donating and buying the wristbands.
- For further information, please call Amy Downward on 01902 447297 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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