Family donates first cuddle cot to hospital

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Cuddle cot donation to James Cook

A cuddle cot has been donated to the maternity team at James Cook to enable bereaved parents to spend more time with their baby.

The special cot was donated by Richard and Emily Hannah, who held a charity night at the Salvation Army in Guisborough in memory of their baby girl Charlotte Sofia.

Used in a Moses basket so it doesn’t look clinical, the cuddle cot keeps babies cool for longer, enabling parents to have their baby at their bedside or take them home to grieve and say goodbye.

Emily said: “Charlotte only lived for a very short time but we wanted to do something to thank staff at the hospital for their fantastic support and to help other parents.”

Bereavement support worker Wendy Henderson said: “We are extremely grateful for this donation which will enable other families to spend precious time with their babies.”

Richard and Emily would like to say a big thank you to everyone who supported their fundraising efforts, including family and friends who ran the Middlesbrough 10k.

The couple, together with four-year-old son Will, are pictured here presenting a cheque for more than £6,000 to bereavement charity 4Louis which has used the funds to give James Cook its first cuddle cot. More than £1,300 was also raised for the charity via JustGiving.