The story so far …
The Ivy Trust has been working to provide support to parents and health professionals since 2013. We are completely funded by donations and funds raised by supporters and we remain indebted to everyone who contributes in any way to enable us to continue to support bereaved parents.
Delivery of our new memory boxes to Loveridge Ward and creation of a short video to provide parents with information on the box and the opportunity to create special memories.
Provision of two Baby Lifeline study days on the island to enhance the education and training of health professionals. Human Factors and Duty of Candour.
Widening the scope of the Trust and offering support to more parents by including those who suffer a miscarriage. Creation of the Ivy Hearts Support Group
Provision of funding for attendees at the MMBRACE event
Dedication of the sleepers around the raised bed at the Ivy Garden as a place for remembrance of babies lost through miscarriage.
Purchase of Saying Goodbye books to be gifted to any parents who suffer the loss of a baby at any gestation.
Successful approach to the Health and Social Services committee to request that parents of stillborn babies receive a death grant to assist with funeral costs.
Ongoing improvements to The Ivy Garden and the clearing of a new area for quiet reflection.
Agreement to work with the National Trust of Guernsey to create tree plantings at locations for remembrance.
Recognising the need for dedicated bereavement support for bereaved parents the Trust funded two places on the Guernsey Bereavement Centre training for counsellors course.
A concealed resuscitator is purchased for the low risk delivery suite as part of the Trusts work to ensure the best possible care for all babies and parents.
Improvements are made to the Ivy Garden and a covered gazebo is purchased to provide shelter
The Ivy Garden is formally opening at Easter.
Loveridge Ward receives the new equipment together with a ventilator and resuscitator as funding was received from the Lottery
Funds raised and donated to the trust through many individual and corporate donors enable the purchase of a battery shuttle to enable the most vulnerable babies to receive uninterrupted care if they need to be transported to different parts of the hospital.
Additional equipment is required and the Trustees make a request for funding from the Channel Islands Lottery
The Trustees approach the hospital to request an area to create a remembrance garden in the grounds - a suitable location is found and work starts on this exciting project with many local suppliers aslo donating time and materials.
Refurbishment of the bereavement suite is undertaken requiring additional funds.
Many local business offer support and the full amount is raised.
The Ivy Room was completed and available for bereaved parents to use
Grants are made available to parents to help with additional costs
Shelley and Jayne join forces to raise funds for a day bed for fathers in the bereavement suite.
The Christmas Draw and Fayre raise over £4,000 with amazing support from many bereaved families and local businesses.
The decision to set up a bereavement charity was made and the trustees approached Loveridge Ward to identify what was needed to support parents.