Marathon man Rupesh helps make Lilac Room a reality

Marathon man Rupesh helps make Lilac Room a reality

Wednesday 8 August 2018

A new antenatal counselling room at Leicester’s Hospitals has been officially opened by a husband and wife who raised thousands of pounds towards its renovation.

Birstall residents Rupesh and Deepa Masani were invited to view the new space after Rupesh raised over £8,000 towards our Baby Loss Appeal by completing this year’s London Marathon and the Leicester Half Marathon in 2016.

After he and wife Deepa faced the tragic loss of a child during pregnancy, Rupesh realised that patients experiencing antenatal baby loss or difficulties with pregnancy deserved a comforting space to privately grieve and receive support.

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As a result of his fundraising efforts, we’re delighted to say that the new Lilac Room in the LRI’s Kensington Building has now been opened and is already providing our patients with the additional space and comfort they deserve.

“Losing a baby is the worst thing a parent can go through,” said Rupesh.

“We remember using the Lilac Room following the loss of our baby, Jai, in 2016. The room has now been completely transformed.

“We cannot take away the pain and sorrow parents will feel following the loss of a child but we sincerely hope that the new room will allow grieving parents to experience a little more comfort at what is an extremely difficult time.”

Donations to Leicester Hospitals Charity’s Baby Loss Appeal have funded six other specialist rooms for families who experience difficulties during pregnancy or stillbirth across Leicester’s Hospitals.

Specialist midwife for bereavement, Jo Dickens, thanked the Masanis and the Leicestershire & Rutland Sands local group for their valuable contributions towards the new room.

“We are so thankful to Rupesh for using his time and energy to raise this money for the Lilac Room and also to the Leicestershire & Rutland Sands local group for their additional support,” says Jo.

“Our Trust is a pilot site for the Sands National Bereavement Care Pathway and it's really important that we continue to work closely with bereaved parents to develop services and facilities that are sensitive, equitable and parent-centred.”

Donations to Leicester Hospitals Charity’s Baby Loss Appeal have funded six other specialist rooms for families who experience difficulties during pregnancy or stillbirth across Leicester’s Hospitals.

Leicester Hospitals Charity’s head of business development, Debbie Adlerstein, says the public can still support parents who experience difficulties with the birth of their baby by donating to the Baby Loss Appeal.

“We cannot take away all the stress and pain for those facing difficulties during pregnancy or child birth, but with support from everyday people like Rupesh and Deepa Masani we can offer a better environment that is peaceful and comfortable.”

We cannot take away the pain and sorrow parents will feel following the loss of a child but we sincerely hope that the new room will allow grieving parents to experience a little more comfort at what is an extremely difficult time
— Rupesh Masani, marathon runner and fundraiser