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2:00pm Friday 4th October 2013 in News
A GROUP of women have been nominated in a national awards after ‘working from the heart’.
Two midwives and two mums from the town have put Warrington in the unique position of having four nominees shortlisted in The Butterfly Awards, which recognises families overcoming baby loss and the health care professionals that support them.
It is recognition of the large strides the maternity ward at Warrington Hospital has taken since the days of mums being handed some leaflets after losing their baby and sent home.
Debbie Clemence said: “There are still some hospitals that do that but we felt quite passionately that wasn’t enough and were inspired to do something about it.
“It’s a remarkable achievement to have four from the same town shortlisted.”
With the help of Old Hall couple Kate and Chris Tinker, whose son Harry was stillborn in 2010, the butterfly maternity bereavement suite has now been transformed and means parents can now stay as long as they need in a comfortable environment.
Mums including Eloise Leighton, who lost her baby Alfie last year, and has since raised £8,000 for the hospital through a charity football match.
The inspirational group now need readers’ votes ahead of a ceremony on October 19 in Birmingham.
Meet the nominees in the inspirational grieving mum and midwife categories:
KATE Tinker, aged 37, set up the charity Harry and Co with husband Chris to raise cash for the maternity bereavement room at the hospital making it ‘more of a home from home’ for bereaved parents and their families.
She said: “After I lost Harry, I was handed a bunch of leaflets and it wasn’t enough.
“I was leaving hospital without the baby and I was in shock at the time but then after that you start to think what do I do now without anything to look after.
“I thought nobody should have to go through this and decided to set up the charity and help make better use of the room, giving it a bit of tender loving care and hopefully buoy up the families who have to use it.”
Harry and Co has also sponsored the most inspirational grieving dad category at the awards.
GREAT Sankey mum Eloise Leighton, alongside her husband Jack, raised £8,000 for the hospital with a charity football match and music night in the summer.
The 30-year-old, whose son was stillborn last year, and said it felt great to do something positive in Alfie’s memory.
Eloise, who is now pregnant with a baby girl due in February, said: “It was important for us to help prevent any other families suffering a loss as heart-breaking as ours.
“The money we have raised is going to buy a baby monitor to help future babies’ live which is a fantastic legacy to have for Alfie.
“It’s something that wouldn’t have worked for me but if it can help other babies and it means Alfie’s name isn’t forgotten by others that means a lot to us.”
BEREAVEMENT support midwife Debbie Clements has been nominated after supporting mums through their heart-breaking loss.
The 50-year-old, who has been at the hospital for 17 years, said: “It doesn’t feel like we’re up against each other because we work together to try and improve the service.”
Eloise’s husband Jack said: “We nominated Debbie as she was so generous with her time and always stays as long as you need during home visits.
“She put us in touch with mums like Kate who had gone through the same thing and helped make the worst thing we have ever gone through more bearable and manageable.”
DEBBIE Yates, bereavement lead midwife, has been nominated after ‘not getting the recognition she deserves’.
The 49-year-old said: “When I received my nomination I thought it was lovely but knew there was so many more people who deserved to be nominated and we wouldn’t all be in this position without the others.”
Kate added: “I think both Debbies don’t get the recognition they deserve.
“They have both helped me with the charity and their work is from the heart.”
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