On Friday 17th June, Cardiff and Vale Health Charity attended Cwmtawe 7s golf club presentation evening at Pontardawe Golf Club.
The swelteringly sunny day was spent with several teams taking part in an annual golf tournament, and ended with an evening of comedy from compere Lenny Dee, and prizes were handed to the winning team from Cwmtawe 7s Secretary, Julian Bracey and County Councillor for Pontardawe, Anthony Richards.
There, we gratefully received a cheque of £1805.00, and have purchased four chairs, plants, and a clock for the Rainbow Room at the Antenatal Rainbow Clinic, University Hospital Llandough. Sadly, the Rainbow Room is used as an area to mourn following the news of a miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of a newborn baby.
Every day in the UK, 15 babies are sadly lost in pregnancy or shortly after birth. Pregnancy after loss is daunting. Around half of all stillbirths and miscarriages are unexplained, leaving parents feeling powerless to stop it happening again. Antenatal care for these families varies across the country, often with no continuity of care. Women sometimes have to explain the worst day of their lives over and over again, feeling distant from other expectant parents. In 2017, the Rainbow Clinic was opened at University Hospital Llandough. A team of midwives, sonographers, healthcare support workers and obstetricians provide specialist antenatal care and support for women from the darkest weeks after their loss, through the highs and lows of the next pregnancy.
Dr Amy Robb, Consultant Obstetrician & Lead for Antenatal Care said, “On behalf of the midwives and obstetricians working within the Cardiff Rainbow clinic, we would like to thank the Cwmtawe 7s for their fundraising efforts and generous donation. This will be used to transform our quiet room, a space for bereaved families following miscarriage, stillbirth or the loss of a newborn baby. The new space is hoped to make a difference for these families at such a difficult time.”
A big thank you to Cwmtawe 7s for such a generous donation.