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Slough couple raise money for special cot to support bereaved parents

Grieving parents will be able to spend a little more time with their stillborn children thanks to a donation by a Slough family.

Tara and Saminder Matharu have raised enough money to buy an Abi Cot – a cot with a cooling unit which can be used when a baby has died prematurely or is stillborn – for St Thomas’ Hospital in Lambeth.

The couple’s daughter was stillborn in January and they were able to give her a proper goodbye thanks to the Abi Cot at Wexham Park Hospital.

Saminder said: “When we heard the news that Mimi had passed away I didn’t know how I’d even be able to handle holding her.

"But when she’s born and she’s delivered and it’s your baby you want that.

“It’s horrible to imagine that through a lack of equipment, parents and other families are denied the opportunity to make those memories, which is why we wanted to use the funds towards another cot.”

Saminder and some of his work colleagues are working together to raise enough money for another Abi Cot by taking part in a Tough Mudder. If you would like to donate visit www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bmn5ktoughmudder

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