Two members of the Dean Waterfield Lodge 8089 in Hereford visited the Maternity unit of Hereford County Hospital on Friday 18th October, to present a cheque to Maxine Chong, Head of Midwifery.
Paul Sabel, the Immediate Past Master, and his wife Wendy, along with Tim Bridgland-Taylor, the Lodge Charity Steward, were given a guided tour of the new facilities, created under the “Born Sleeping Appeal”. These are delightfully appointed rooms which bereaved families can use when suffering the devastating a loss of a new born child.
The “Born Sleeping Appeal” had raised their original amount to create these rooms, so the donation of £1,200 was so the Maternity unit could continue to maintain the private rooms for the bereaved families. The money was raised during W Bro Sabel’s year as Master of Dean Waterfield lodge, and both he and his wife Wendy were keen to donate to the continuing “Born Sleeping Appeal” as they had had personal experience of losing family members at birth. Katie Farmer, the Wye Valley NHS Trust Charitable Fundraiser, explained that donations are always welcome so they can continue with the upkeep of the rooms.
Maxine Chong, after accepting the cheque, expressed her very grateful thanks to Paul and Wendy and to the members of Dean Waterfield lodge.