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Solihull still birth and neo-natal charity in £3,000 furniture boost from Leekes

Leekes home department store in Coventry offered a sofa, chairs, a coffee table, sideboard and accessories for the room- worth over £3,000 to the Lily Mae Foundation.

Ryan and Amy Jackson from Balsall Common
Ryan and Amy Jackson from Balsall Common

The Lily Mae Foundation, a still birth and neo-natal charity in Solihull, is settling into its new Balsall Common home thanks to a generous donation from Leekes department store.

The charity was set up by Amy and Ryan Jackson, who lost their baby daughter, Lily Mae, in February 2010.

Immediately after the tragedy, the couple began to fundraise for stillbirth charity SANDS to help support other bereaved parents and their families who had been similarly affected.

The foundation has since gone from strength to strength and in June, it found a home in Fernhill Court, Balsall Street East.

But Amy and Ryan needed furnishings for the lounge-style support room for bereaved parents and their families and appealed to local companies to help.

Hearing their plea, Leekes home department store in Coventry contacted Amy to offer a sofa, chairs, a coffee table, sideboard and accessories for the room- worth over £3,000.

Julie Bowen, store manager at Leekes, said: “When we heard about this worthy cause we jumped at the chance to help. Amy and Ryan are a huge inspiration to the local community and have put so much effort into providing support to bereaved parents.

“We wanted to help the charity in the best way we know how – by helping to furnish a comfortable lounge so that Amy and Ryan can welcome other parents to their offices and create an inviting space for support meetings.”

Amy Jackson, co-founder of The Lily Mae Foundation, said: “We are over the moon with the new furnishings. Leekes have been so generous to kit out the whole room. When Ryan and I went into the store to choose the accessories, we were treated like royalty – and their support has been overwhelming.”

 

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