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Police officers in fundraising challenge for hospital charity appeal

By Dayna Farrington | Dudley | Health | Published:

Police officers from the Black Country are taking on a series of challenges in order to raise more than £20,000 to support people who have lost a child.

The WMP Warriors outside West Bromwich police station

The group are supporting Birmingham Women's Hospital Charity's Woodland House Appeal.

The appeal hopes to fund a specialist unit for people who have lost a baby through miscarriage, stillbirth or neonatal death.

Dudley and Sandwell's public protection unit, known as the WMP Warriors are hoping to raise the cash in 2020 having already brought in close to £10,000 last year.

They have a line-up of events and challenges set for the year, including a black tie ball at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in October and a dodgeball tournament in June.

Dudley and Sandwell's public protection unit work to protect children and vulnerable people in the area.

The WMP Warriors completed a 5k obstacle course to raise funds for the appeal

Detective Inspector Vicky Lee said: "

“I would obviously like to thank everyone that’s been involved, donated money, bought tickets or taken part in any of the gruelling challenges."

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Woodland House will be a purpose-built bereavement centre, situated away from the main hospital, where grieving families can spend time together in safe and secure surroundings.

Miranda Williams, public fundraising manager at Birmingham Women's Hospital Charity, added: "Pregnancy and baby loss touches the lives of so many of us but it’s still such a taboo subject and by bringing Woodland House to our hospital we aim to change that, setting a new standard of bereavement care in the UK.

"We are so grateful to the officers in West Midlands Police’s public protection unit for getting behind our appeal and for helping us make Woodland House a reality.”

Dayna Farrington

By Dayna Farrington
Senior reporter based at Wolverhampton

Reporter for the Express & Star based at Wolverhampton.

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