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In 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.

The 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.


A 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".

Hereford 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.

By 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.

Previous Nominated Charities
2017/18: Daisy Chain Benevolent Fund received £2,500
2016/17: Beast Cancer Haven received £2,600
2015/16: Herefordshire Prostate Cancer Screening Group received £3,250
2014/15:The Ely Memorial Fund received £3,000.
2013/14: Hereford Heartstart received £3,500.
2012/13: Herefordshire MS Therapy received £3,000
2011/12: Hereford Breathe Easy Group & Hereford Heartstart each received £1,600
2010/11: Open Gate S C & St. Michaels Hospice each received £1,750
2009/10: St. Michaels Hospice each received £3,000
2008/09: Little Princes Trust received £3,000
2007/08: ECHO (Extra CHOices) received £3,250
2006/07: Macmillan Renton Cancer Care Appeal received £3,500
2005/06: Barrs Court Hydrosense received £3,000