Poppy's Fund is a charitable fund set up under Imperial Health Charity to assist with the funding that is required for maternity services under Imperial Health Trust. This includes Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital and St Mary's Paddington. The fund hopes to help ensure that all parents who use the services have a positive maternity experience, whilst also minimising risk through the provision of equipment, education and services across different departments and specialist areas.
The Fund was set up following the stillbirth of Poppy Beatrice Hodgson, on the 17th October 2017. Whilst her parents Carly and Roo (Roger) were inspired to set this fund up based on their experience, Poppy's Fund aims to benefit both parents in their situation as well as those taking home healthy babies.
The fund is led by a committee, including medical professionals from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, Carly and Roo Hodgson and a representative from Imperial Health Charity. The responsibility of this committee is to allocate money raised, prioritise it according to requirements and via this fund it will all go into 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.