MIDWIVES at Musgrove Park Hospital have thanked a couple from Cannington for donating £9,187 towards the hospital’s Rowan Suite.
In August 2018 Dan and Nicky Kunc’s daughter Lydia was stillborn at 34 weeks.
A hospital spokesperson said: “During this difficult time, Dan, Nicky, and their son Alfie were looked after by our team of midwives, including bereavement midwife Keiley Tuck and midwives Bryony Gilmore, Beth Strong and Beth Duck.
“Our midwives helped Nicky and Dan create memories of Lydia with hand and footprints, as well as saving a lock of her hair.”
Nicky said: “The midwives went above and beyond, and we wouldn’t have got through it without the team. I could not fault their support, care and compassion.”
In February 2020, Dan and Nicky welcomed a ‘rainbow’ baby, Cleo. Nicky was understandably nervous during the pregnancy but the same midwifery team who supported them with Lydia helped to deliver Cleo.
Nicky added: “The team was outstanding. I could not have got through it without them and Keiley and Bryony continue to keep in touch with us – they have never forgotten us.”
The money raised will be used to buy telemetry fetal heart monitors – machines that Nicky trialled during her time in hospital – which monitor babies when mothers are in labour. They are wireless and allow mothers to walk around without wires.
A plaque will be placed on the monitors in memory of Lydia.
Keiley said: “We are so overwhelmed by the kindness shown by Dan and Nicky and the money raised in Lydia’s memory will help so many others.
“Our team of midwives always strive to give outstanding care to our families and to hear this lovely feedback from Dan and Nicky has given us all such a lift.
“We want to thank them both, as well as their supporters, from the bottom of our hearts.”
The money was raised from the generosity of family, friends and the community of Stogursey and surrounding villages with many businesses making donations.
Numerous fundraising events took place including race nights and a ‘tough mudder’ undertaken by Berry & Escott and C&S Fitness.
Zoe Steer from Love Musgrove, said: “We are so grateful to everyone who donated and would like to express our thanks and gratitude to each company, family, friends and the local community.”