Monday, 27 May 2024
Monday, 27 May 2024

Special cot helps grieving parents make memories

FAMILIES who suffer the tragedy of stillbirth will be able to spend precious time with their baby at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough thanks to an  ‘Abi Cooling Cot’ donated by the charity Abigail’s Footsteps. 

The special cot was purchased with funds raised by the family and friends of Greig and Rebecca whose little girl Delilah was stillborn at 36 weeks in April 2022. 

Delilah’s father Greig said:

“It was not until we were living this nightmare that we realised just how many families are affected by stillbirth in the UK every year.”

Greig and Rebecca were fortunate that their hospital had a cold cot which enabled them to spend as much time as they needed with Delilah before they said goodbye. They were determined to help other grieving parents by fundraising for an Abi Cooling Cot for a hospital that did not already have this vital equipment.

Greig, Rebecca and their families collectively walked or ran 150km at Ferry Meadows in Peterborough to raise £2,800 allowing them to donate an Abi Cooling Cot to the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough in memory of Delilah.

Greg and Rebecca said:

“We are truly grateful that we are able to support families going through incredibly difficult times like we did and we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who donated in memory of Delilah. Our families walked or ran 150km in December last year to raise funds and it has truly gone to a worthwhile cause. We’d also like to thank Abigail’s Footsteps who have been so helpful and provide a great platform to make this possible.”

Tracy Pickersgill, Bereavement Midwife at the James Cook University Hospital in Middlesborough, said:

“I would like to say a special thank you to Delilah Ann Hothersall’s family who fundraised and donated a state-of-the-art cooling cot for our bereavement suite.”

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

“Abigail’s Footsteps is committed to providing an Abi Cooling Cot to every hospital across the UK. Each special cot costs £2,900 and thanks to the generosity of those who fundraise for us we are delighted to have been able to donate over 120 cots to help bereaved families.”

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


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