A WOMAN well known locally for her humanitarian efforts in Africa hopes Islanders will donate £1 towards an important piece of equipment that may help grieving parents with the loss of their baby.
Island chiropractor Nikki Collinson has set herself a Christmas challenge — to raise £1,500 to provide the Island’s first 'cuddle cot’ for the bereavement unit at St Mary’s Hospital’s maternity department.
A cuddle cot is a cooling system that allows the family of a baby that has died, the chance to spend additional time with their child — to say goodbye and hopefully help them with the grieving process.
Nikki, who has helped raise thousands of pounds for her work in Uganda supporting the charity, the African Children’s Development Trust, wants Islanders to donate £1 to a Just Giving facility by text.
Nikki, a mother herself, said: "For most of us, the birth of a child is such a happy occasion but for some families this is not the case. The death of a baby is a subject we don’t often want to talk about but the reality is, it happens — and it happens here on the Island more than we know.
"I cannot begin to imagine the devastating pain of losing a baby but for those families that do experience this pain, this simple cuddle cot could provide them with precious time they would not currently have.
"With Christmas just around the corner, sometimes the best gift is the gift of time and I hope I can get this cot into St Mary’s as soon as possible. It is a very important piece of equipment."
Nikki's Island-based charity the Africa Children's Development Trust (ACDT) is donating the use of their Just Giving facilities to run this appeal in order to be able to offer text giving.
When people donate either by text or online they will receive an acknowledgement from the ACDT but all donations received using the code CCIW99 and online link will be donated towards the cuddle cot appeal only and not to the ACDT's work in Uganda.
To make a donation towards a cuddle cot, text CCIW99 £1 to 70070. You can also donate online or follow the progress of the challenge at www.justgiving.com/cuddlecot