A CHARITY needs your fundraising support to ensure a new memorial garden at Rotherham Hospital continues to bloom.
Disused land has been transformed into a picturesque snowdrop memorial garden, thanks to £11,000 donated from national charity 4Louis.
The calming and peaceful space was made for parents who have lost a baby — but will also be open to staff, patients, families and members of the community who need it.
Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity is now inviting people to sponsor a flower via online fundraising platform Visufund.
Whether you choose a virtual rose, a tulip or a daisy, the funds will enable the charity to plant real-life flowers and to maintain the garden.
The memorial garden project was spearheaded by Rotherham midwives Shahida Mehrban and Hayley Lea.
The midwives hope people will get on board to support the floral fundraising appeal.
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Shahida, a bereavement specialist midwife, said seeing their vision for a memorial garden come to life had been “rewarding and wonderful”.
She added: “We now need the public’s support to help the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity fund its upkeep, which will include regularly planting flowers.
“We want it to look and feel beautiful all year round for people now and for further generations to come.”
Hayley, a midwife on Wharncliffe Ward, added: “We know many people will have pledged to support their local community as part of their new year’s resolutions and I couldn’t think of a better way to start 2021 than by sponsoring a virtual flower for our beautiful memorial garden.
“We hope the garden will be a focal point for the hospital and will show patients and colleagues that we care about them when it really matters the most.”
The memorial garden is one of just two in Yorkshire funded by 4Louis, which works nationally to support anyone affected by miscarriage, the death of a baby or child.
Visit https://visufund.com/snowdrop-garden-flowers to find out how you can contribute towards a virtual flower.