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, Carly and Roo, and representatives from Imperial Health Charity. The
committee’s role is to allocate funding to suitable projects within maternity services.
We are trying to raise awareness of the neonatal, maternity and bereavement services within the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and to establish an enduring charitable fund to facilitate these services.
The staff work tirelessly doing the best with what they have at their disposal, but the sad reality is that there is never enough for everything they need. Your support means the world to us and the staff on the front line.
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.