Poppy’s Fund supports maternity services at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and St
Mary’s hospitals in north west London. Managed by Imperial Health Charity, the fund
aims to ensure all families who use these services have a positive maternity
experience, while providing specialist equipment, supporting staff training and
education, and improving the hospital environment.
Poppy’s Fund was inspired by the story of Poppy Beatrice Hodgson, who was
stillborn at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea on 17 October 2017. Moved by their
experience and the extraordinary care they received, Poppy’s parents Carly and Roo
Hodgson set out to support other families facing similar heart-breaking situations as
well as those taking home healthy babies.
The fund is led by a committee, including medical professionals from the two
hospitals, representatives from Imperial Health Charity and Carly and Roo. The
committee’s role is to allocate funding to suitable projects within maternity services.
On a neonatal ward, the first few moments of a baby’s life can be the most crucial. When a baby is born prematurely, they may need to be hurried away for life-saving treatment – leaving parents separated from their child.
Neonatal teams face a dilemma. Delaying the cutting of the cord by just a few minutes can reduce the risk of death by as much as 30% – but when medical attention is needed urgently, there’s no time to wait.
At Poppy’s Fund we wanted to help neonatal staff provide exceptional care for premature babies at the bedside so that parents can stay close to their newborn during those vital first moments and we are thrilled to say we secured funding for two lifestart trolleys which are already making a huge difference in the hospitals and quite literally saving tiny lives.
Staff work tirelessly doing their absolute best with what they have at their disposal, but the sad reality is that there is always more funding needed for everything required. Your support makes a huge difference to patients and the staff on the front line.
As well as raising much needed funds we also aim to raise awareness of the neonatal, maternity and bereavement services within the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
Poppy's Fund is the main charitable fund in the area of maternity within Imperial Health Trust.
Towards supporting and improving the neonatal, maternity and bereavement services in the hospitals.
We have been working with staff across the Trust to come up with a list of areas that they feel would most benefit from the money raised by Poppy's Fund. Staff are encouraged to put forward proposals for spend they feel would make the most impact and they are encouraged to engage in Poppy's Fund every step of the way.