Trust's gift to hospital to help bereaved parents

PUBLISHED: 08:04 19 February 2015

The Harry Cunningham Trust's Niki Cunningham, with daughter Florence, presents a Cuddle Cot to Debbie Stevens,  Zita Martinez, and Ben Peyton-Jones of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The Harry Cunningham Trust's Niki Cunningham, with daughter Florence, presents a Cuddle Cot to Debbie Stevens, Zita Martinez, and Ben Peyton-Jones of the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

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An Exmouth charity has 'given the gift of time' by donating a pioneering piece of equipment to help bereaved parents.

The Harry Cunningham Trust was founded by Niki and Jamie Cunningham after the death of their son Harry, aged 26 hours, in 2012.

As part of their work to help other bereaved parents, they have now donated a Cuddle Cot, worth £1,600, to the Maternity Unit at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital.

The cot is a cold pad, which can be wrapped around a baby that has been stillborn or has miscarried late in pregnancy. It means parents can stay with their child for longer after it has passed away, giving them time to grieve and start to come to terms with their loss, and letting other family members meet the baby and say goodbye.

Niki said: “It really is an honour to be able to donate the Cuddle Cot to the unit. I would have loved to have used it when Harry was born, but I didn’t get the chance. It feels like we’re giving the gift of time to parents, which is really lovely.”

Zita Martinez, clinical midwifery manager at the RD&E, said: “We are very fortunate that the Harry Cunningham Trust has donated this wonderful piece of equipment.

“The Cuddle Cot will make a huge difference for bereaved parents, who will be able to hold and cuddle their babies, giving them memories to treasure.

“Niki’s valuable support has made this possible.”

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