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Children's unit receives heart-warming donation - 13 September 2013

Children's unit receives heart-warming donation - 13 September 2013

Taunton’s Musgrove Park Hospital has been donated a cuddle cot and several butterfly boxes and books from Towards Tomorrow Together, a charity which provides support to parents after the loss of a baby.

Cuddle Cot

Mel Scott, devoted mother and occupational therapist, sadly lost her baby Finley who was born sleeping at 41 weeks. Since Finley’s passing four years ago, Mel has worked hard to set up a charity called Towards Tomorrow Together in memory of her baby.
Towards Tomorrow Together generously donated a cuddle cot and butterfly boxes to Musgrove Park Hospital’s maternity and neonatal unit earlier this month.
A cuddle cot is a new and innovative piece of equipment designed to keep a baby’s body cool after they have passed away, the cuddle cot provides support to parents and other family members by giving them extra time to create lasting memories and to say goodbye.
Mel Scott, Founder of Towards Tomorrow Together explained; “When I lost Finley I wanted to find a way to make sure all families affected by the loss of a baby could get the help they need, which is why I set up Towards Tomorrow Together. We donated the cuddle cot to Musgrove to aid parents by giving them the extra time they need to say goodbye.
“The butterfly boxes have been designed to help make treasured memories and contain; blankets, teddies, bracelet sets for baby and mum, key ring, aromatherapy oil, hand and footprint case set and a memorial card. We also donated special books to help families explain to their young children about the death of a sibling”
The packs will be kept on the labour ward, and will be used in the Rowan Suite to allow parents to create memories by providing the ideas and resources they need in the short time they have with their child. The donation of the butterfly boxes has enabled Musgrove’s maternity and neonatal unit to be able to give these thoughtful packs to bereaved parents to help them cope with the loss of their child.
Susan Spooner, Musgrove’s neonatal unit manager said; “We are extremely grateful to Mel for her generous donations to the children’s unit. The cuddle cot will provide support to parents by giving them extra time to spend with their child and make important decisions without feeling rushed.
“Mel herself has experienced a sad loss, but she has empowered her love for Finley to help and support other parents. She is a truly remarkable woman and an inspiration to us all here at the hospital.”
Towards Tomorrow Together donates cuddle cots, butterfly boxes and books to hospitals all over the South West. Mel also provides support to parents by helping them access the information and help they need and is dedicated to raising awareness nationally.
Above, pictured from left to right are: Mel Scott, Founder of Towards Tomorrow Together, and Sue Spooner, Neonatal Unit Manager.