Solihull stillborn foundation handed cash boost to help make cuddle blankets - The Solihull Observer

Solihull stillborn foundation handed cash boost to help make cuddle blankets

Solihull Editorial 16th Sep, 2019 Updated: 16th Sep, 2019   0

A SOLIHULL stillborn and neonatal death foundation have been handed a cash boost.

The TeddyRose Foundation, which was set up by parents Mike and Trisha White after their children were born sleeping, has been handed £1,500 to help create cuddle blankets from Wadsworths Solicitors.

The Shirley-based legal firm donated £20 for every new conveyancing matter, the legal side of buying or selling a property, opened during July together with a further “top up” donation of £500 to the foundation.

Mike and Trisha White, from Hillfields, were left ‘heartbroken, devastated and shattered’ when their son Teddy was stillborn in May 2017 at 21 weeks.

And Rose, their daughter’s, heart stopped when she was being born a week overdue in September last year.

After distressing births at the Eden Suite, a specialist unit for stillborn children at the Heartlands Hospital, the couple have devoted themselves to supporting parents during their time in need.

While Trisha said her final goodbyes to her children, she cut the blankets they were wrapped in and left one half with her baby and took the other home as a memory.

In a light bulb moment, Trisha took to the sewing machine and started adapting blankets to hand out to parents in a similar situation at Eden Suite, University Hospital Coventry, Good Hope Hospital, Birmingham Women and Children’s Hospital and Birmingham City Hospital.

Mike and Trisha White of TeddyRose said: “We are so overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all associated with Wadsworths, they have really got behind us.

“We would not be able to continue providing support to bereaved families without donations like this, we cannot thank them enough.”

The TeddyRose dinner and dance is set to take place on September 28 at Hogarths Hotel.

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