1962 the Hereford Times donated a Charity Challenge
Cup to mark the Diamond Jubilee of the League, since
then skittlers have been very generous in their support
and a vast amount has been raised for local charities.
This seasons nominated
charity is the Born Sleep Appeal.
Born Asleep Appeal was set up to create a Maternity
Bereavement Suite at Hereford County Hospital.
The vision consists of three rooms to provide a delivery
room, an en-suite family room to allow partners to
stay overnight and other family members to visit in
a private setting and a room for counselling. Upon
completion the new suite will enable families who
lose a baby with a private sanctuary to stay in after
the birth for as long as they wish to.
bereaved mother said "One of the hardest things
was walking out of that maternity suite with nothing
but my memory box. You're walking towards people that
are coming in with balloons and new-borns and everyone's
happy to go and see their babies. You look down holding
your box, and you just want to have a fireman's pole
to get out of there as quickly as you can".
County Hospital, delivered eight still born babies
born over 24 weeks gestation in 2016 that averages
out to almost one birth every six weeks. The number
of babies stillborn nationally last year was a 3112.
creating the suite within the maternity department,
we will be able to offer mothers a more comfortable
environment. Sadly, the death of a baby may sometimes
occurs during pregnancy or the labour process. Pregnancy
loss at any stage is devastating. By introducing a
dedicated suite, this will provide the families with
a comfortable environment where they can receive the
care and support they need at a time of great difficulty.
It will allow families to come to terms with their
loss at their own pace without the acute pressures
of a delivery suite.
Daisy Chain Benevolent Fund received £2,500
Beast Cancer Haven received £2,600
Herefordshire Prostate Cancer Screening Group received
Ely Memorial Fund received £3,000.
Hereford Heartstart received £3,500.
Herefordshire MS Therapy received £3,000
Hereford Breathe Easy Group & Hereford
each received £1,600
Open Gate S C & St. Michaels Hospice each received
St. Michaels Hospice each received £3,000
Little Princes Trust received £3,000
ECHO (Extra CHOices) received £3,250
Macmillan Renton Cancer Care Appeal received £3,500
Barrs Court Hydrosense received £3,000