19th May, 2019

Bromsgrove couple launch the Rose Peters Foundation in memory of their brave daughter to help other parents

BROMSGROVE parents whose brave baby girl sadly lost her fight for life have set up a foundation in her memory to help others who have experienced child loss through neonatal death, stillbirth or miscarriage.

Rose Sheila-Ann Peters was born on February 11 and was rushed to Birmingham Children’s Hospital with respiratory failure.

She battled the condition but sadly passed away on February 23.

Now Hannah and Jamie, both 29, have set up the Rose Peters Foundation in memory of their daughter to help others who find themselves in the same position.

Hannah said: “This thing happened to us that no-one wants to talk about and when it does you don’t know where to turn.”

The foundation will support those who have gone through that loss and also parents currently on neontatal or paediatric intensive care units (NICU and PICU) by providing craft boxes and ‘Rose ribbons’ to Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

“When Rose was in intensive care she had to have brain nodes on her head.

“Some of the staff put pink ribbons and bows on them to demedicalise them and it made my day.”

The foundation is also aiming to set up support groups where parents who have suffered child loss can talk about it and Hannah is planning to go back to university in September to study to become a counsellor.

“Counselling is definitely something we want to offer as an organisation.”

During her short time Rose touched so many people and on Friday a reflection garden was officially opened at Charford First School which the Peters family has close connections to.

Jamie and Rose’s auntie Sarah attended the school, her grandma Sally works there and Hannah volunteers there.

All the plants were donated by staff and governors and the aim is to provide a quiet place in school for staff and children to use.

Hannah said: “The school wanted to do something to honour Rose’s memory and decided that a garden of reflection would be perfect.

“The generosity of the staff at the school was fantastic with them all donating flowers.

“We can’t thank them enough.

“As a family we just want the memory of our beautiful girl Rose to live on.”

Charford First School’s headteacher Anita McLaren said: “Wellbeing is a huge part of what we do and we were recently awarded the Wellbeing Award for Schools.”

“We are a close staff and when this tragic thing happened we wanted to do something positive, hence the idea of creating a reflection garden.”

Visit rosepetersfoundation.co.uk or search for the Rose Peters Foundation Facebook page

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