Businesses dig deep to help get spades in the ground for our baby loss remembrance garden

Baby Loss Remembrance Garden Spade in the ground Work is beginning on the new baby remembrance garden at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital thanks to the generosity of businesses, local people and volunteers.
Baby Loss Remembrance Garden Spade in the ground

Midwives came up with the idea for the garden to help provide a calming place for anyone affected by baby loss in Gloucestershire.

The garden will be a peaceful and welcoming space where parents, families and loved ones can go to remember the babies that they lost. It will also be a space for hospital staff who may have cared for bereaved parents to visit.

It will feature a memory tree and a space for parents and siblings to write messages.

Since the garden appeal launched, thousands of pounds have been raised for the project by community groups, individual donations and businesses.

We are thrilled to be able to commence work on the development of our remembrance garden. This much needed space will provide a sanctuary for bereaved families and staff in which to reflect and find peace in this special place. We are extremely grateful to all of our generous fundraisers, including the businesses, sponsored walkers, bakers, wing walkers and school children. Not forgetting the staff members working behind the scenes on the project. Without these special people, none of this would have been possible.

Nikki Dobson, Bereavement Specialist Midwife

Among the businesses lending their support is Kier Construction who is working with its supply partners free of charge to help get the green space started. It will also be committing a team of volunteers to help with the planting.

Kier is working with a number of businesses to complete the groundworks and other projects. South West business D-Interiors are also providing their services free of charge.

Work is starting in the New Year and the garden is expected to open in the spring of 2024.

We are proud to be taking part in this important project and volunteering our time to create the remembrance garden. Sadly, too many families are affected by baby loss and we hope this garden will help to provide a place of comfort for people.

Community Engagement Manager for Kier Construction Western and Wales Emma Deane

Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity Partnerships Manager Karen Organ said: “Kier have stepped up time and again to support the charity and we are so grateful for their help once again. The help from Kier and others means we can get actually spades in the ground to make this project a reality next year. Fundraising still continues for the project and there are still ways for individuals, community groups and companies to support it. Anyone wishing to donate or to find out more about how to get involved, please get in touch for more details.”

We would like to say a huge thank you to Keir for their support and to all of the incredible community groups, businesses and individuals who have helped to make this important space a reality.


If you would like to make a donation to support the project, please visit our donation page or if you would like to talk about other ways you can get involved, call us on 0300 422 3231.

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