A mother who tragically suffered two stillbirths has raised
£1,037 in their memory to help other parents going through the same heartbreaking
Danielle Watson organised a T20 cricket match at Scholes
Cricket Club on 7 August to raise funds for the Rotherham Hospital and
Community Charity’s Purple
The 35-year-old and her husband Dave were inspired to
fundraise in memory of their daughters Mia-Rose and River, who passed away in
March 2018 and April 2019. Mia-Rose arrived 18 weeks into Danielle’s pregnancy
and River was born at 32 weeks, weighing just £2lbs 15oz.
Rotherham Hospital has two charity-funded Purple Butterfly
rooms on ward B11 and the delivery suite for parents who sadly lose a baby. Other
families occupied both the rooms when Mia-Rose and River were born, but
Danielle says she hopes her fundraising for the appeal will help support other
bereaved parents in future.
“The Purple Butterfly rooms are invaluable places for
families who are experiencing the loss of a baby. Mia-Rose was taken away
quickly as she was so small but I was able to spend time with River in another
private room on the delivery suite,” Danielle said.
“Although we couldn’t use an official Purple Butterfly
room, that time we spent together massively helped with our healing at such a heartbreaking
time. It meant everything to us. We could dress River in her first baby
clothes, wash and cuddle her, take photos and invite our family to meet her in
a safe, comforting and private space.
“Everyone who cared for us at Rotherham Hospital were
amazing, from the consultant to the midwives. We never felt rushed or a burden.
This is our way of giving something back to them to say thank you.
“I hope the Purple Butterfly rooms never have to be used
but I also feel incredibly proud that if the worst should happen to another
family, they will be able to spend time with their precious baby in a room we
have contributed to.
“The event was brilliant. I had never played cricket before
but apparently I’m a natural and I’ve been invited to play for a team! We had a
lot of fun but it was also good to honour Mia-Rose and River’s memory and to
normalise conversations about baby loss, which can be so difficult.”
The cricket match raised £696.90 with funds finally
reaching £1,037 on Just Giving.
All the money raised by Danielle, who is also mum to Ebonie
Ortton, 16, Faye Ortton, 14, Tyger Watson, two, and five-month-old Leo Watson,
will help to provide resources for the Labour Ward’s Purple Butterfly suite.
The charity has recently funded the relocation of the suite
to the front of the Labour Ward, adjacent to reception, to ensure parents who
suffer the tragic loss of a baby can grieve in privacy. The facilities are now almost
Shahida Mehrban, a Specialist Bereavement Midwife at The
Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust, said: “To receive such a big donation in memory
of Mia-Rose and River is incredible and we feel proud to be able to invest it
in ways that will enhance the care and facilities we provide to other families
suffering a bereavement. Thank you to Danielle, her amazing family and everyone
to supported her fundraising.”
For more information about the Purple Butterfly Appeal
or get in touch on 01709 426821 or firstname.lastname@example.org