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Bond Group helps design refrigerated cot for Abigail's Footsteps charity

Bond Group works with charity supporting families of stillborn children to provide specialised ‘cold cots’

Kent-based The Bond Group has helped charity Abigail’s Footsteps to develop ‘cold cots’ which can be provided to hospital wards to help bereaved parents to stay as long as they need with their babies.

Chris Woollett, Managing Director of The Bond Group worked with David Ward, a Trustee of Abigail’s Footsteps in 2014, to design a prototype. The experience Mr Ward and his wife Jo underwent with their stillborn daughter Abigail inspired them to start Abigail’s Footsteps, a charity dedicated to providing support to parents and their families during those first days and weeks after losing a child.

The charity said that one of the most practical elements of support a hospital can offer is the provision of a ‘cold cot’ - a piece of equipment designed to keep a baby’s body cool after its death, allowing parents and families more time to create memories and as a result, in some small way help reduce the stress of losing a child so early in its life.

The manufacture of cold cots is a relatively expensive business, but with their experience and expertise in building complex refrigeration units, the Bond team were able to create a prototype for a fraction of the cost commanded by other manufacturers. As a result, the ‘Abi Cot’ is now available to UK based charities and hospitals for only £2,000.

Mr Woollett, who provided a great deal of his design teams’ skill and time into the project for free, said: “This was never a commercial decision. Hearing David and Jo’s story and seeing what a difference a cold cot can make to bereaved parents made it an easy decision for us to get involved. I am delighted that we managed to significantly reduce the cost of these cots to any interested party and I sincerely hope we see a number of ‘Abi Cot’s installed in hospitals throughout the UK.”

David Ward added “As a charity we recognise just how important that time with your baby is, and the ‘Abi Cot’ allows parents to spend time that would otherwise be lost. We are extremely grateful to Chris and his team for the time, expertise and effort they have gone to make this project a reality. It will make a huge difference to a great deal of lives.”

To find out more about the chairty,please visit http://www.abigailsfootsteps.co.uk

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