Couple donate special cot in memory of Iona Erin
A couple who raised more than £1,400 to buy a special cot which offers comfort to bereaved parents have issued a heartfelt thanks to everyone who supported their appeal.
Alex and Laura Starostenko, who live in Mundford, decided to fundraise for the cuddle cot for use at West Suffolk Hospital after their daughter, Iona Erin, passed away shortly after her birth last February.
The couple wanted to buy the equipment so that parents in similar situations could spend a little more time with their baby.
They were also keen to raise awareness about the cot, which fits into a moses basket and helps keep babies cool after they have passed away so that they can stay with their parents for longer.
“The cot is a really important as it means parents can spend a little more time with their baby, while giving everyone a chance to say goodbye, said Laura, 35, who raised the money in just three months after receiving donations via a Facebook page.
“We were overjoyed with the generosity of so many people and we would like to thank everyone who contributed to our appeal.
“We would especially like to thank Fothergill Seeds who held a bake sale week, the Carpenters Arms in Soham for their kind donation and Michael Quiqley who donated the final £250.”
Patricia Davis, head of midwifery at West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust, said: “This is a fantastic thing for Mr and Mrs Starostenko to do and we would like to thank everyone who supported them.
“Their fundraising will help others in similar positions and our staff are very grateful for thinking of us in this way.”