Team Ellis is a group of 28 ladies who have come together with me to help raise money for the Rowan Suite in the maternity ward at Frimley Park Hospital.
On the 18th June 2019 I heard the words that no parent should ever hear, “I’m sorry, there is no heart beat” that was it, our son Ellis had died only 2 days before his due date. After being induced on the 20th June our son was born sleeping peacefully on Friday 21st June 2019 at 12:46pm, he weighed 7lb 8oz and was perfect in every way, bar one.
The care we received from the midwives at Frimley Park Hospital, especially the bereavement midwives Jo & Monica who were exceptional. When a family are in this position the maternity ward is “lucky” enough to have a private suite, The Rowan Suite, for the family to be together, digest what has happened and ultimately give birth to their sleeping baby.
The Rowan Suite at Frimley Park Hospital is a great room and provided us with what we needed but it could be even better, it currently comprises of a bedroom area, with a TV, tea & coffee making facilities & a fridge, then in the middle is the bathroom, a standard hospital bathroom, all very clinical. Then the last room is the hospital room where you eventually give birth, this room requires the most updating, it is very clinical as it needs to be but it can do with some care. The main thing that the entire suite needs is soundproofing and air conditioning, I was lucky enough not to hear any new born baby cries but as the room is right next to the labour rooms I can imagine that some women have definitely heard this cries, which at a time when you know your baby will never cry is just another heartbreaking blow! If the room was soundproofed then this would be the best way of keeping those cries out and also if there was air conditioning then there would never be a need to open a window and run the risk of hearing those cries again.
Our aim is to raise £6000 to help the team reach their overall goal of £15,000 to allow them to start this much needed renovation.
Of the 28 ladies, 22 have already registered for the 10k, some are waiting for injuries to recover and the rest will do the 2.5k fun run with their children.
To help boost the fundraising my husband and 15 of his friends have all signed up to do a Tough Mudder in September and we are also planning a quiz night in the summer to keep the funds ticking over.
If you would like to donate and help Team Ellis to reach their target head over to their Just Giving page HERE.