“CUDDLE cots” which allow the parents of stillborn babies to spend important time with their child would be bought for Edinburgh Royal Infirmary under a new fundraising drive.
The partner of football star and former Scottish international Kris Commons is aiming to raise thousands of pounds for Edinburgh-based bereavement charity SiMBA, with the goal of using the money to improve facilities at the ERI for devastated families.
Lisa Commons, 28, wants more private rooms for mums who are dealing with the loss of their babies.
The money would be spent on “cuddle cots” which preserve remains and have been developed with the input of maternity departments. The footballer’s wife decided to start fundraising for the cause after losing her first daughter, Lola Grace, five years ago.
The baby was stillborn, having died in the womb just days before Mrs Commons was due to give birth.
She said: “The money will go to SiMBA to provide cuddle cots, which preserve your baby for a little bit longer so that you get to spend more time with your baby once it passes away.
“It will go towards family rooms as well, making sure you’ve got a nice area to spend time as a family with your baby because you only get a few hours, a day, a little bit of time to create some memories that are really needed.
“These rooms are purposefully for ladies who are delivering a baby knowing that their baby has died or for families when their baby has died very soon after childbirth. It means you are a little bit away from the rest of the maternity ward.
“I’ve had three children since Lola and you sit in a ward and you’ve got all the other mums around. You’re seeing all the other new babies and it’s lovely, but when you’ve lost a baby it’s very important to be away from that and concentrate on what you’re doing.
“These rooms have sometimes got a small kitchen in them, a sofa, a TV, a toilet, just so you are comfortable and you don’t have to leave for anything.” Ms Commons is set to kick start her fund-raising this weekend with a charity lunch she has organised at Glasgow’s Grand Central Hotel.
Six Celtic football players, including Commons, will attend, as well as the Scottish Premier League team’s coach Neil Lennon.
X Factor hopeful and Fife singer Jade Richards will perform while former Scottish football striker Frank McAvennie will be waxed on stage.
SiMBA spokeswoman Dian Ward said the charity was “very grateful” for the effort put by Mrs Commons into the fundraising push.
NHS Lothian chief midwife Maria Wilson is overwhelmed with the fundraising effort.
She said: “We value the support of SiMBA in our maternity services throughout Lothian. SiMBA works alongside us by offering help and guidance to women and their families who have tragically experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy.”
Those wishing to donate to SiMBA and the cause are asked to text LOLA15 and a value in pounds ranging from £1 to £10 to 70070.