Councillor Mark Lowry has presented a cheque for £100 to a young Plymouth couple raising money for a specialist hospital suite. The money, part of Plymouth City Council’s Community Grant Scheme (CGS) is going to be put towards an appeal to improve the Jasmine and Central delivery suite at Derriford hospital.
The specialist suite is being constantly improved by charitable donations in order to provide private spaces where parents of children who pass away during or soon after delivery can grieve and spend time with their precious bundle.
Each Plymouth Councillor has an annual grant allocation of £3,500 to fund community activities and projects in their wards. Councillors can combine their grants to fund one or more projects or various community activities, if they wish. Community grant scheme funds and Living Street funds can also be combined.
Paul and Becca Evans contacted Cllr Lowry to ask if he would support them in raising money for the suite after the death of their little boy Lentil. They said: “ We love Lentil dearly and cherish the time that we got to spend with him in the Jasmine delivery suite. Without it and the amazing support of our midwife and the team at Derriford the experience would have been much worse. We hope that nobody else ever has to go through what we are going through but if they do, we want them to have the same support and care we did and if at all possible, even more.”
“The money will be given directly to the Plymouth NHS trust to be spent on ensuring the Jasmine and Central Delivery Suite remains available as a safe and peaceful place for grieving parents to spend time with their precious children. They do not get enough time with them and so every minute must be made as special as possible.”
Councillor Lowry said: “As soon as Paul and Becca contacted me I immediately wanted to help support them in raising money for such a worthwhile cause. Losing a child so soon after birth is something that none of us want to think about but if the unthinkable should happen it’s comforting to know that the right support and care is in place. If anyone else would like to contribute to their appeal please visit www.justgiving.com/Lentil-Bear-Evans”