Room opens for bereaved parents to make precious memories

blankets, lovingly made by a team of volunteers. All of these items are provided from kind donations to the unit, from charities such as SANDS and 4Louis. Ruth Walker, Executive Nurse Director at Cardiff and Vale University

Health Board, who

recently visited the room said: “The Snow Drop Suite is a much- needed addition to the services we provide.

It will give families

Laura Wyatt Bereavement Midwife, Ruth Walker Executive Nurse Director, Heatherjane Coombs SANDS Welsh Co-ordinator.

A new bereavement suite and memory-making

room for the

parents of stillborn babies has opened at the University Hospital Wales in Cardiff. The Snow Drop Suite, situated in the hospital’s maternity unit, was kindly funded by Cardiff and Newport SANDS, the stillbirth and neonatal death charity. The room was designed to give parents a peaceful, private space in which to spend precious time with their baby before saying a final goodbye. The suite has been equipped with a cold cot, comfortable furniture,

a kitchen area and it has been tastefully decorated with peace and calm in mind. It also provides a pull out bed for partners to stay With additional support from Cardiff & Vale Health Charity, the addition

of a memory-making

area has also been created. Located in a separate private area, directly opposite the Snow Drop Suite parents can be supported to make memories such as dressing their babies and take precious fingerprints.

Parents can place

their baby in specially knitted angel cribs or cots and swaddle them with beautiful hand-knitted

precious time together to spend with their baby before saying goodbye. “We are extremely grateful to SANDS, our own Cardiff & Vale Health Charity and their support and for those donations that have helped to make these rooms possible.

SANDS Welsh Co-ordinator Heatherjane Coombs said: “These rooms are a wonderful addition to the Teardrop Suite, giving so much support to families at such a difficult time.

“None of the three rooms we have furnished would be possible without the support of our fundraisers and the hospital giving us the spaces to transform, we thank all those involved in making a difference.”

Dogs Trust Bridgend highlighted dog

Akeela and Mandy

Akeela is a bright four-year-old Husky x Akita. She is looking for an active home that can give her plenty of physical and mental stimulation. Akeela loves human company, so she is looking for a home where owners are not going to leave her for too long initially. She does require further socialisation around other dogs, as she hasn’t had too much contact with dogs previously. Akeela is house trained and can live with children 14 years and above. Home from Home Co-Ordinator Mandy says “Akeela is full of beans and always happy to see you. She loves to explore and walks well on the lead. She is such a big-hearted girl and will be a loving companion.” For more information on Akeela, please visit the Dogs Trust Rehoming Centre in Bridgend, CF31 4NG; or give us call on 01656 725219. You can also visit our website at

CASTLE WELSH CRAFTS The Wel sh Shop - Not just for tour i sts

We at Castle Welsh Craſts are celebrating our first 40 years of flying the flag for Cardiff and Wales with a change of livery!! Te black emulating the coal that helped South Wales prosper in previous

centuries with the grey representative of slate from North Wales, featured on roofs all over the world. Whilst our appearance may have changed, we will as ever continue to offer a warm Welsh welcome to folk from Wales and around the globe who are looking for genuine traditional Welsh craſts, giſts and a varied selection of lovespoons in our renowned Welsh lovespoon gallery.

1-3 Castle Street, Cardiff • 02920 343038 www.castlewelshcraſ Cardiff & South Wales Advertiser - Friday 5th July 2019 - 7

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