Cuddle cot donation to QE for bereaved parents

Posted on Wed, 26/06/2013

THE QE Gateshead has been the recipient of a very generous donation this week, of a ‘cuddle cot’ worth £1500 from the parents of those that have lost children/grandchildren.

The cuddle cot is used for stillborn babies and late miscarriages, keeping the babies cool for longer, slowing the decomposition process, enabling parents to take babies home to grieve and say goodbye. It’s used in a moses basket so it’s not clinical and helps parents come to terms with their loss.

The cot was donated by the charity 4Louis, run by 46-year old Bob McGurrell and 44-year-old wife Tracey who live in Shiney Row. The McGurrells run the charity in memory of their grandson Louis who died in 2009. 

Bob said: “It was traumatic for the whole family, we created a memory box for Louis and his mum took clay casts of his hands and feet, she thought that every family should have access to one so that’s how it started, but we only four hours with him at home. After Louis died, we set up the charity to help give his mum something to focus on. We started with just the memory boxes for parents, and now work with more than 60 hospitals across the UK. After developing relationships with nurses and midwives they told us about cuddle cots and we started to help fundraising to donate them hospitals, we’ve donated nine so far, but at £1500 they’re expensive.”

“The cuddle cot donated to the QE was bought with fundraising undertaken by Jimmy and Tracy Pickersgill who lost their son 7-month-old son Ethan Thomas Pickersgill in A&E at the QE because of an undiagnosed heart condition, but they had the opportunity to take him home in a cuddle cot. Giving the QE a cuddle cot of their own was their way of saying thank you.”

Photo caption l-r: QE Midwife Pav Mathieson, Tracey McGurrell, TracyPickersgill, Jimmy Pickersgill, Bob McGurrell

For more information on cuddle cots you can visit www.4louis.co.uk

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