Wednesday, 17 April 2024
Wednesday, 17 April 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 Royal Derby Hospital 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 stillborn baby Cruz. 

Joy Hudson from Nottingham, lost her baby grandson in January 2022 and said:

“I started the fundraiser due to wanting to keep my grandson’s name alive and give others that special time with their Angel babies like we had. It helped my daughter and son-in-law so much in the days after their loss and helped us as a family too.”

The cot will be used in The Children’s Emergency Department at the Royal Derby Hospital which offers parents a safe and comfortable space to spend time with their baby and receive visits from family and friends. 

Kate Jackson, Paediatric and Neonatal Bereavement Specialist Nurse, at The Royal Derby Hospital, said:

We are so very grateful for such a generous donation of the Abi cooling cot. The cot will allow families whose baby has died from sudden, unexplained death to spend precious time with their baby at such an unimaginable time, making memories which are a crucial part of a bereaved families journey.”

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

“Abigail’s Footsteps is committed to providing an Abi Cooling Cot to all hospitals across the UK. Each special cot costs £2,800 and thanks to the generosity of those who fundraise for us we have been able to donate over 100 cots to hospitals across the UK.”

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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