Leigh said: “We were very lucky to have spent two days with Madelyn while she was
being cared for in the neonatal unit, but having the use of the cuddle cot in the
family room also meant we did not have to say goodbye as soon as her treatment was
“We could spend more time with her, without tubes and wires in the way of her little
Leigh added: “We learned a lot about the work SiMBA does and were sad to find out
that not everyone would have had the same chance as us, since not every maternity
unit has a cuddle cot. It was important for us to try and raise the money to donate
one in Madelyn's name as every bereaved parent should have the same opportunity to
spend as much time with their baby as they'd like to.”
Catherine Macdonald, NHS Western Isles Maternity Ward Manager, said: “Through SiMBA’s
generosity, memory boxes are provided to parents as a treasure chest of mementos
such as “the blanket of love”, birth acknowledgement certificate, hand and foot prints
“We are very fortunate that national donations towards SiMBA equipment are used throughout
the UK, which has enabled our islands to benefit and subsequently help local families
affected by the tragic loss of their baby.
We already have equipment located within Western Isles Hospital to assist families
in Lewis and Harris, with further equipment to be made available to assist families
in the Uists. We are also grateful to SiMBA for the training, resources and support
provided within the Western Isles with staff and families alike."
The local support group for bereaved families 'Sèimh' pledge to undertake a fundraising
event each year or make a donation to contribute to the work of Simba.
“Cuddle cot” gifted to Barra community
10 July 2017
A special refrigerated 'cuddle cot' is now available in Barra.
The cot which has a cooled mattress allows bereaved parents of new born babies to
spend more time with their child.
It helps parents grieve and to say their last goodbyes as they can pick up their
baby, to cuddle and kiss them.
The cuddle cot was donated from fundraising by Leigh and Adam who lost their little
girl, Madelyn Jess Gordon,, in August 2015.
They learnt about the work of charity SiMBA which was was founded in response to
the needs of families affected by the loss of a baby.