Mortuary project will improve facilities

Friday, 28 August 2009

NBT’s mortuary viewing rooms’ project is well underway but we need your help to raise a further £60,000 to make the buildings and gardens extra special for families.
The new rooms aim to open to the public at the end of October and will totally transform the whole experience for recently bereaved families.
There are around 50 deaths per week across the trust which means that on average there could be as many as 25 viewings a week. This means that over five years, nearly 20,000 people will benefit from the new facilities.
The project has already gratefully received charitable donations from the Southmead League of Friends, Friends of Frenchay, the North Bristol Endowment funds, and the WRVS outlets.
However, the team are keen to make the buildings and outdoor areas extra special and purchase special plants and garden furniture
Trevor Reid, NBT’s Head of Fundraising, said: “The transformation project will be a great benefit to the local community and I understand from the initial feedback that the gardens are especially important for families whose babies have died.
“The aim is to have an environment that is inclusive and welcoming to the newly bereaved is calm and peaceful, coveys comfort and serenity, and allows carers to spend time to say goodbye to their loved ones following death.
“We would like to take this opportunity to ask members of the public to come forward and donate to the mortuary viewing room’s fund. All monies collected will be used to buy plants and garden furniture for the outdoor area on both sites.”

If you would like to donate please write a cheque payable to the “Viewing Rooms Project” and send it to The Charitable Funds Department, North Bristol NHS Trust,
Christopher Hancock Building, Southmead Hospital, Westbury-on-Trym, Bristol BS10 5NB or visit the just giving website at:
http://www.justgiving.com/shinetogether and mark your donation for the ‘Viewing Rooms Project’.