Parents expand maternity rooms campaign

Rachael Marsden and Spencer Davis with their eldest son Samuel

Rachael Marsden and Spencer Davis with their eldest son Samuel

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A couple campaigning to sound-proof birthing rooms at Royal Preston Hospital after suffering a stillbirth are expanding their appeal to cover the whole maternity unit.

Spencer Davis and Rachael Marsden, from Euxton, found the heart-breaking experience all the more traumatic as they had to listen to the cries of newborn babies in nearby rooms at Sharoe Green, as Rachel gave birth to Thomas Edward on March 17.

“The work will not prevent another tragedy from occurring, but we hope it will help to minimise a mother’s pain and anguish in the future”

Spencer Davis

To protect the mother’s health, deliveries of babies known to have died before birth must still be done in the usual delivery suite, with neighbouring rooms likely to be occupied by families experiencing routine births.

In a bid to help other parents affected by similar tragedies, the parents launched the Little Ted’s Room appeal with the Lancashire Evening Post and the Baby Beat Appeal charity in July, in the hope of raising £25,000 to fund the sound-proofing of two rooms on the maternity unit.

They have so far managed to collect an incredible £19,000 in just a matter of weeks, so have decided to take the challenge further and now aim to raise £95,000 to sound-proof all of the nine maternity rooms.

Spencer, a paramedic, said: “Things have been going so well that Babybeat has asked us to carry on the appeal.

“I never thought we’d get to this stage so quickly, and it really is thanks to the community backing us.

“Something definitely needed doing, and this way, it will benefit even more mums.

“We’re hoping to be able to start the work soon.”

The B&Q stores in Bamber Bridge, Preston and Chorley have agreed to donate the materials for the project, and money is coming in fast to pay for the labour.

“The work will not prevent another tragedy from occurring,” Spencer added. “But we hope it will help to minimise a mother’s pain and anguish in the future.”

Leyland Warriors Rugby Club in Moss Side Way are also backing the appeal, and are holding a family fun day on Saturday, September 12, from 11am. There will be fancy dress matches, live music, stalls, a bouncy castle, and Wigan Warriors players in attendance.

To support the cause, visit www.justgiving.com/LittleTedsRoom.