Every year we vote for a charity of the year to sponsor. In the past, we have sponsored charities such as Julia's House, Willow Foundation, Autism Wessex, Macmillan and many others. In 2018 we will be supporting SPRING.
SPRING was established in 1998 to provide support to parents and relatives who have experienced the death of a baby during pregnancy, at, or just after birth. This includes miscarriage, stillbirth and termination for foetal abnormality. Over the years SPRING has evolved to help many families and friends through such devastating times.
SPRING is part of Poole Hospital Charity (Registered Charity Number 1058808) and overseen by a committee which includes bereaved parents and caring, committed professionals – all of whom are passionate about SPRING and matters surrounding baby loss. They are based at St. Mary’s Maternity Unit at Poole Hospital and cover Bournemouth, Poole and surrounding areas.
The aim of SPRING is to support through grief at the point of loss, delivery and beyond. SPRING works closely with medical professionals to help provide a high level of care to bereaved families, alongside regular NHS services. The Bereavement Suites at St. Mary’s Maternity Unit are partly funded by SPRING and provide space for parents and families to spend precious time with their baby before saying goodbye. Their professional specialist counselling service provides confidential individual counselling and trained facilitators provide monthly open support meetings.