A WOMAN who lost her baby to meningitis has been raising money to help the Chesterfield Royal Hospital ward that tried to save her son’s life.
Jaden Green was just days old when he was taken to the Royal four years ago but, despite the best efforts of the staff on Nightingale he couldn’t be saved.
Jaden’s mother Rebecca Hinchliff now has two sons and with the help of friends and family has this year raised £600 for the ward by posing for and producing a calendar called ‘Real Women 2012’.
She said: “It’s the third year we’ve raised money for Nightingale having previously done the Great North Run and a balloon race.
“We hit upon the idea of a calendar after my mum’s sister said she knew someone who had done something similar for cancer and thought ‘why not us?’.
“A friend’s dad is a photographer so he was happy to help and we weren’t short of volunteers.
“Everyone gathered round our house one afternoon and apart from a couple of external shots we got it all done in one go.
“We printed 200, worried that it might be too many, but word of mouth meant we sold them all very quickly so next year we may do the same thing but give ourselves a bit more time to organise it.”
Rebecca stayed in touch with the ward due to the way they helped her through those difficult times following Jaden’s passing. The nurse who looked after Jaden that day was Tracy Barker who is now matron for hospital based children’s services.
She said: “We see Rebecca and her children often and the fundraising they’ve done for Nightingale has been incredible. We’re always in need of new toys, games, books and activities to keep our young patients occupied, take their minds off their illness and reduce stress to help them recover.”
Rebecca added: “I just wanted to give something back to Nightingale after the way they cared for Jaden and also how they looked after me and my family in the wake of what happened.
“Everybody knows about the care they give to children but I genuinely appreciated the time and compassion they gave me.”