A Surrey woman who set out to help families facing the heartbreak of stillbirth – an experience she went through herself almost three years ago – has accomplished her goal of purchasing a piece of equipment for Peace Arch Hospital to help ease the pain.
Alison Murray, who in September shared the loss of her daughter, Stella Charlotte, with Peace Arch News readers, delivered a CuddleCot to Peace Arch Hospital last month.
The equipment – at a cost of $3,500, which Murray raised through an arts fundraiser in October and a fundraising webpage – helps to keep a stillborn baby cool, providing more comfort for the family while preserving their baby’s appearance.
“I hope with all my heart it won’t be needed, but sadly I know that it will be,” Murray told PAN this week. “At least I know that the comfort it will bring to families will lessen the trauma they experience.”
Murray said would like to hold annual fundraisers to honour her daughter, and plans to donate money to providing similar resources to hospitals in an effort to help grieving parents.