Woodland House Appeal Updates We're working hard to raise the £3.5 million needed to ensure that Woodland House can become a reality and our bereaved families have a peaceful, suitable environment to spend time in that honours the loss of their little one. To date the appeal has seen some incredibly generous donations. Latest Appeal News and Updates ‘Congratulations’ are in order, as we have hit the £1m milestone in our £3.5m appeal just in time for Christmas, thanks to a generous donation from the Cliff Richard Fan Club in celebration of the singer’s 80th birthday. We could not be more grateful for their contribution, and amazing support from the public and organisations who have got behind the appeal. See what Cliff Richard himself had to say by reading the full story here. Did you receive your letter about the Woodland House Appeal? As part of a huge promotion this Christmas, we have delivered mailings to around 30,000 Birmingham households, to help spread the word about our incredible appeal and drive vital donations. If you have received this and want to give us any feedback please contact our Individual Giving fundraiser by emailing [email protected]. A bereaved mum from Smethwick has shown her solidarity with families experiencing pregnancy and baby loss, by raising £2,000 for our Woodland House Appeal. Lorraine and Sunny Mann generously donated funds raised in lieu of flowers from their son Leo’s funeral this year, with hopes of changing the experience of other mum’s and dad’s dealing with the loss of a child. Read more about their fundraising here. As part of Baby Loss Awareness Month, new research by Imperial College London, published in The Independent, found that more than a quarter of women and one-in-12 partners suffer post-traumatic stress three months after having a miscarriage. Our Head of Nursing, Nicki Fitzmaurice, who is part of the bereavement team at our hospital, contributed to the article, and spoke about the devastating impact pregnancy and baby loss has on families and why somewhere like Woodland House is needed, to not only provide an appropriate space for heart-breaking conversations to take place, but somewhere our team can provide support to those grieving families. Read the article here. On the last day of Baby Loss Awareness Week (Thursday 15 October), we took part in the International Wave of Light, by lighting candles on the site where Woodland House will be built. Our Deputy Chief Nurse and Head of Midwifery, Rachel Carter, read a short poem before we paused at 7pm for a minute silence in honour of all the little lives gone too soon. If you missed the ceremony, you can watch our Facebook Live video. Don't forget to check back soon to see our latest news and project developments.