Football match to raise much needed funds for a bereavement room at Bassetlaw hospital

Keith and Emma Hampson had a stillborn little girl in January but are now fundraising to get a proper bereavement room at Bassetlaw Hospital for other parents
Keith and Emma Hampson had a stillborn little girl in January but are now fundraising to get a proper bereavement room at Bassetlaw Hospital for other parents
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A family who went through their darkest times are now kicking off their fundraising to help other families with a properly equipped bereavement room.

Keith and Emma Hampson, of Bircotes, lost their little girl when she was stillborn at 37 weeks in January.

The room they were put in was not geared up to meet their needs so now the couple and their four-year-old, Scarlett, are trying to raise money and next month Worksop Town are doing a charity football match to help with donations.

Keith 38, said: “My wife, who is diabetic, was so poorly and needed blood transfusions after she gave birth so she couldn’t leave the bed.

“It was hot and there was no air in the room and I was just getting a couple of hours sleep on a chair as there was nowhere for family to stay the night.”

Due to the temperature of the room the family could only spend short periods with Evelyn Barbara.

“We want to have enough money to put a chilled cot in the room, so parents can spend more time with their little ones,” he said.

“At Bassetlaw hospital there will be families dealing with grief and loss every month, there is about 15 a year, and it wouldn’t be right to go on the general labour ward but they need somewhere that just looks nicer.”

The bereavement room costs £35,000 to kit out with a sofa bed and kitchenette and £20,00 has already been raised by another charity.

Worksop Town Football Club approached the family for the derby match between Retford United on Wednesday, November 4 and wanted to help them with their cause.

On the night there will be a pay what you like fee instead of standard tickets with bucket collections on the day too.

Keith said: “We have such great support from the community who have got behind us and this is just another example of how kind and generous they are.”

When the council rejected the plans for Evelyn’s headstone a petition from residents gained more than 2,000 signatures in 24 hours.

Keith added: “We have our dark days of course we do but it’s events like next month that will hopefully make it easier for other parents if they ever have to go through what we did.”