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 Thanks to an incredible gift of £500,000 from The Connie and Albert Taylor Charitable Trust, our appeal has reached the £1.6m milestone. We couldn't be more grateful for this generous donation, as it now allows us to focus on raising the next £1m so we can break ground and start building. We’re delighted to share the good news that Woodland House has received planning permission from Birmingham City Council, taking us one-step closer to making our bereavement centre a reality. Whilst you have been busy fundraising for us, our Estates team has been working hard behind the scenes on our plans for the building. Our application went in front of the council's planning committee on Thursday 18 February, where it was approved. This is a great result, but our work doesn’t stop here! Whilst we continue to raise the much-needed funds, our Estates team will work on finalising the design of Woodland House. We look forward to sharing further plans and updates with you very soon. ‘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. Don't forget to check back soon to see our latest news and project developments.