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Wednesday, 19 June 2024

Maidstone Lions give parents the precious gift of time

THE Maidstone Lions Club officially handed over an Abi Cooling cot to the Hope Butler Suite at Pembury Hospital, Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust recently.

The new Abi Cooling Cot will enable families who suffer the tragedy of stillbirth to spend precious time with their baby at Pembury Hospital. The special cots are designed to keep the baby at a cooler temperature meaning that their child can stay with their parents for longer, giving families the chance to grieve and say goodbye in their own time.

The Abi Cooling Cot is produced by The Bond Group from Sheerness for the baby loss charity Abigail’s Footsteps and every donated cold cot includes an engraved plaque. The plaque on the new cot that will sit in the Hope Butler Suite at Pembury Hospital is engraved with the poignant message ‘Precious Time With Your Baby’

Marion Brooks, President of Maidstone Lions Club said:

We are very happy to donate an Abi Cooling Cot to the bereavement suite at Pembury Hospital. It was an honour to make a small contribution towards helping local families at what must be the most tragic times.”

Marion Brooks and Peter Hooper met Harriet Whyatt, Specialist Bereavement Midwife at Pembury Hospital to officially handover the cot to the Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust and see firsthand where the cot would be used to support families bereaved by the loss of a baby.

Harriet Whyatt, Specialist Bereavement Midwife at Pembury Hospital said:

“Thank you to Abigail’s Footsteps and Maidstone Lions for the donation of our new Abi Cooling Cot – the time a family spends with their baby when they have died is so limited and precious. This cot will help make treasured memories for parents who have to go through the most devastating experience anyone could imagine.”

David Ward, Chief Executive, of Abigail’s Footsteps said:

When we had our daughter, Abigail, we only had two or three hours with her, and we were determined that parents who go through the same devastating experience as us would not have to say goodbye so quickly. The Abi Cooling Cot allows families to have two or three days making precious memories with their baby if they wish and we are delighted that yet another hospital will benefit from this important cot, named in memory of our beautiful daughter Abigail.”

Abigail’s Footsteps is committed to providing an Abi Cooling Cot for every hospital across the UK. Each special cot costs £2,800 and thanks to the generosity of those who fundraise for the charity they have been able to donate over 140 cots to hospitals.

To find out more about Abigail’s Footsteps, please visit: and to discuss how you could help fundraise for an Abi Cooling Cot please contact:


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