16th Sep, 2019

Charity ball in memory of Rednal nursery nurse Amy to raise funds for Women's Hospital Charity

Tristan Harris 17th Jun, 2019 Updated: 5th Jul, 2019

A CHARITY ball in memory of a Rednal neonatal nursery nurse will be held on July 20 to raise cash for Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity.

Amy Shimell was just 32 when she died in September 2017.

Now her sisters Lucy and Emily, their mum and dad Val and Jez and friends are putting on the ball at the Manor Hill House, Upton Warren.

Her sister Lucy told The Standard: “Amy was young at heart and obsessed by her job at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital.

“She would be funny without even realising it and was the best big sister I could’ve wished for.

“After she passed away, everyone we met who knew her, like parents whose children she had cared for, said what a wonderful person she was.

“She had an amazing passion for patient care and we want to raise as much money as possible to keep that passion alive.”

The Birmingham Women’s Hospital Charity aims to improve patient services for the women, babies and families it cares for.

Essential services the NHS is unable to cover which make a huge difference to patients include welfare services to support patients through difficult times and conversations and the research and development of cures, treatments and new technology.

One of the causes the family hopes to raise funds for is the Woodland House Appeal – a special centre where families facing the loss of a baby can spend some quiet time away from the main hospital.

An appeal to raise £3.5million for the new centre was launched in April.

Currently the news is delivered in cramped quiet rooms often on the maternity ward or in outpatient areas and people have said they felt they had nowhere to go or felt rushed after receiving the details no-one wants to hear.

Amy’s family, many who live in Bromsgrove and Rubery, are also hoping local businesses will come forward with donations of prizes for a raffle and auction or sponsor aspects of the event, such as the reception drinks and entertainment.

Visit buytickets.at/flamingofling for tickets and more information.

Any businesses which can help with prizes should email Lucy lucyshimell@hotmail.com for more information.

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