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Local families donate £10,000 to Hywel Dda Health Charities

Clare is pictured with her 21-month-old daughter Leisi- Jên handing over the cheque to Bereavement Midwife Abi O’Connor.

TWO families have raised nearly £10,000 for maternity and bereavement services across the Hywel Dda University Health Board area.

Clare Last and Gareth Morgan-Isaac wanted to help after sadly losing their baby daughter Mari-Leisa Jên, who was still-born.

The donation to Hywel Dda Health Charities has funded nearly 3,000 special pregnancy advice wallets which will be given to mums-to-be across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.

The bilingual wallets are a visual aid, giving healthy pregnancy tips on staying active, eating well and keeping appointments, along with advice on monitoring the pattern of baby’s movements. Parents can also keep their pregnancy notes inside.

Clare and Gareth have also donated a cuddle cot to Glangwili Hospital to help parents bereaved by stillbirth or neonatal loss to spend precious time with their babies at home before laying them to rest. And they have donated two more cots to funeral directors to help in the community.

The money was mainly raised through a walk up Snowdon by Clare and Gareth and their two families.

Clare, 29, who works in non-emergency patient transport for the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “The wallets are a visual aid which can be referred to at home by parents or with their midwife.

They are always on hand if anyone requires reassurance or guidance on what is normal in a pregnancy or if they need to voice any concerns. 

“I hope mums-to-be and new mums will see the benefit of having the wallets and their important information and reassurance.”  

Clare added: “When we lost Mari-Leisa, that time at home with her in a cuddle cot was so precious.

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Clare and Leisi- Jên are also pictured with Clare’s mum, Joanne Last, alongside some of the new wallets being provided to new mums across the Hywel Dda area.

It enabled us to make special memories that we’ll never forget. We are, therefore, extremely pleased to be able to purchase three to help other families. It means so much.

“We hope the wallets will enable mums-to-be and new mums to have important information in one place.”

Sharon Clement Thomas, Interim Deputy Head of Midwifery, said: “Hywel Dda Maternity Service would like to extend our gratitude and thanks to Clare Last, Gareth Morgan-Isaac and their families who have fundraised and donated a considerable sum of money in memory Mari-Leisa Jên. 

This money has been used to purchase Pregnancy Advice Wallets containing information to help keep pregnant women and their babies safe during their pregnancy.

“In addition to this generous donation, Clare has also kindly purchased a cuddle cot for Glangwili Hospital. These temperature-controlled cots prove invaluable to bereaved families, allowing them to spend precious time with their babies, creating memories that they will cherish.”