Mother’s charity concert for UCLH bereavement services 

20/04/2011 00:00 

A mother whose daughter died aged just 13 days old is launching a fundraising campaign to support UCH’s neonatal services and a charity for those suffering pregnancy loss. 

 All through the night

Her efforts are aimed at honouring her daughter Emma and thanking the staff that tried to save her life.
 
An inaugural charity concert starring musicians and opera singers is being held at Goodenough College at Mecklenburgh Square, WC1N 2AB on Thursday 12th May. 

Sasha Pavlovich aims to ensure that all parents faced with a similar tragedy have the support and compassion she and her husband Alex Dimitrijevic were shown.  Following the death of baby Emma in 2008, she became involved with the Trust’s bereavement service. 
 
Sasha said: “In the midst of our overwhelming grief and pain, the kindness and support of friends, family and hospital staff enveloped our little family, keeping us gently but firmly afloat. The kindness shown by the remarkable A&E and neonatal teams who desperately tried to resuscitate Emma that dreadful morning is something we will never forget. It would be lovely to give a little something back. “
 
She described her pregnancy as “beautifully average and routine.” 
 
Sasha, whose four-year-old son Nicholas was also born at the hospital, said: “It is important to raise awareness of bereavement issues, and engage all levels of medical staff in supporting and advocating for those families who have lost a very loved and much wanted baby, either through pregnancy loss or neonatally. I hope my unique perspective can help with that.”

Kara Gelb, divisional manager for Women's Health added: "Our work to improve bereavement services with input from women like Sasha, is an example of how we are striving for excellence. Our ability to support families in the most difficult of times is key to ensuring the best possible outcome for a family facing such unfortunate loss."
 
All are invited to All Through the Night: A charity concert in support of UCH Neonatal Unit and Bereavement Services on 12th May 2011. Click here to purchase tickets.
 
Money raised will be donated to the Butterfly Pregnancy Loss Fund and the UCLH Neonatal Unit and will go directly towards investments to further improve the level of care families receive following pregnancy and neonatal loss.

 

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