STAFF from Barnsley Hospital are thanking the public for donating items to their Rainbow Baby Appeal.

The term ‘rainbow baby’ refers to a baby born into a family after the loss of a baby due to health complications, miscarriage, stillbirth, or neonatal/infant death, and the hospital put out the appeal for items that could be made into packs for families who have had a ‘rainbow baby’ to recognise and celebrate the birth.

Lisa Rich, specialist bereavement midwife, said: “I cannot believe the amazing response we have had to our Rainbow Baby Appeal.

We have had the most beautiful rainbow blankets, hats and cardigans donated. I am so grateful for the generosity that people have shown both in terms of the time and money involved in creating these beautiful garments.

“We intend to create ‘Rainbow Baby packs’ from all the items donated, which will be presented to parents at the birth of their subsequent baby after a loss – their ‘Rainbow baby’.

“These packs will be so precious and meaningful, and we hope the items will help bereaved families who are grieving the loss of a baby to recognise and celebrate the birth of their Rainbow Baby.

“Rainbow pregnancies can be full of fear and anxiety for parents who have had the joy of pregnancy and birth stolen from them in the most unimaginable way and will sadly always fear the worst.

“Thank you so much to everyone who has given their time and money to donate all the beautiful knitted items we have received so far.”

Jane Mills, charity development manager, said: “Our supporters are amazing whether it be donating gifts such as this or vital funds for the charity. They always rise to the challenge and we can’t thank them enough.”

The appeal is still open. People can drop items into the main reception at the hospital or post them to Barnsley Hospital, Gawber Road, Barnsley, S75 2EP and stating it is for the Rainbow Appeal.