Butterfly Appeal


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Baby Feet Family

Help create a new maternity bereavement suite at York Hospital so that families can make memories to last a lifetime.

Every week at York Hospital a baby is born that will not survive.

We know there is nothing that can take away the pain for these families following a late pregnancy loss, still birth or death of their baby soon after birth, but we also know how precious those few hours or days can be before they have to say their final goodbyes.

At York Hospital, staff are grateful to have a designated room for parents to use and stay in with their baby. However, it is just a room at present. It’s quite small and functional and we know it has the potential to be much better.

Your support can help raise £250,000 to create a new maternity bereavement suite which will provide a spacious, comfortable and safe space for parents. 

Why it’s so important

Liz Ross, Head of Midwifery and Bev Shelley, Bereavement Midwife at York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust says

“We know from talking to families who have used our existing space, how important these facilities are and that having a new maternity bereavement suite will give our families the best possible experience at one of the worst times of their lives.”

Your support will help provide the 50 families a year who will sadly suffer a loss of their baby at our hospital somewhere they feel safe and cared for. The existing room near the labour ward at York Hospital will be converted and furnished to create a safe haven for the families who will sadly need to use it.

Laura and Dan’s story

Laura and Dan Tinker used the existing room in 2017 following the birth of their son Arthur and you can read more about their story here.

Get involved today and make a difference

  • Host your own fundraising event such as a coffee morning or dress down day with your colleagues, friends and family or school. For more fundraising ideas and inspiration click here.
  • Ask your local pub, fish and chip shop or newsagents to take one of our collection tins

Contact us

To speak to our dedicated Fundrasing Team about supporting the Butterfly Appeal, call 01904 724521 or email us.