Denise Kelly is proudly running 5K at Big Fun Run Glasgow as part of a series of fundraising challenges she is undertaking on behalf of SiMBA to support their work as they create a new Family Room at the Princess Royal Maternity Hospital in Glasgow to give more bereaved parents the precious gift of time.

Denise will be completing her Big Fun Run alongside family and Chloe, mum of baby Ivy-Rose who they are fundraising in memory of. Ivy-Rose was born on 14th November 2017 at the Queen Elizabeth Maternity Hospital in Glasgow with an Exomphalos Major and severe Kyphoschiliosis. Due to her conditions, Ivy-Rose sadly survived for only 11 hours and 39 minutes, passing away in her mother’s arms.

Chloe had to make the heartbreaking decision to turn off her daughter’s life support. “What should have been the most amazing time in Chloe’s life was what no parent should ever have to go through” Denise explained. “She got to spend extra time making memories and saying goodbye due to the hospital having a Family Room”.

After being offered use of the hospitals Family Room Chloe said: “l spent my last night with Ivy-Rose in the family room and I literally just held her in my arms for the whole night. To be able to get my own space with my girl meant the world to me. It was just like we were at home; we had everything we needed in that room and it was the perfect last night together”.

Chloe wants to give something back and help develop a Family Room for the nearby Princess Royal Maternity Hospital to help even more bereaved parents have the extra gift of time. “The staff at Queen Elizabeth Maternity Hospital were amazing and gave me a chance to be a mum to my baby. They did everything they could to bring me peace and comfort during the worst time of my life” Chloe explained.

Denise is taking on her Big Fun Run challenge to support Chloe’s fundraising and said “she has already been fundraising and currently planning more. She really is an amazing young woman and I would like to help her in any way I can to support the Princess Royal Maternity Unit”.

To find out more about Denise’s fundraising challenge in memory of Ivy-Rose please visit:  https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/denise-kelly-2