Hatton Park-based charity Molly Olly's Wishes makes big donation to bereavement facility at children's hospital

Tens of thousands of pounds have been donated towards the creation of a newly opened hospital bereavement facility by a charity founded in loving memory of a Hatton Park girl.

Monday, 6th March 2017, 5:10 pm
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:42 am
: L to R  Sarah-Jane Marsh, Chief Executive of Birmingham Womens and Childrens Hospital, mum Rachel Ollerenshaw, Nicki Fitzmaurice, Palliative Care Lead at Birmingham Childrens Hospital, mum Gayle Routledge and Dame Christine Braddock, Chairman of Birmingham Womens and Childrens Hospital. Photo by Stewart Writtle.

Molly Olly’s Wishes, set up my Rachel Ollerenshaw in 2011 following the death of her eight-year-old daughter Molly, gave £40,000 to Birmingham Children’s Hospital to help furnish its Magnolia House palliative and bereavement care facility.

Located in a central part of the hospital’s site and named because of the trees found in its surrounding garden, Magnolia House boasts two private counselling rooms, a calming lounge area, a kitchen and dining area, a siblings play area and a peaceful, private garden where families can sit and reflect.

It also has a private, large family room complete with its own bathroom, kitchen and garden.

The Living Room of Magnolia House at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Mrs Ollerenshaw said: “By providing these funds, we have helped make this a beautiful, safe space built with thought and compassion that provides a unique environment for families facing very challenging situations.

“Thank you to all our supporters who have enabled us to do this.”

Molly Olly’s books author Diane Maybey worked with the palliative team at the hospital to help create the space.

Hatton and Harding based in Warwick also gave their time and expertise to help provide suitable furnishings.

The Living Room of Magnolia House at Birmingham Children's Hospital.

Mrs Ollerneshaw said: “When Molly was terminally ill we had tough conversations in public areas and in small consulting rooms that opened on to waiting areas full of other children and their families. We felt trapped by the environment, like we couldn’t breathe.

Having been involved in this project from an early stage it’s very emotional to see it now ready for families and it is how we hoped it would be.”