The Luca Foundation
The Luca Foundation was set up in November 2018 by Sharon and Jas Luca-Chatha in memory of their son, Luca, who was born sleeping in June 2012. Its original mission, working with Baby Lifeline, was to provide a cold cuddle cot for every maternity unit in the UK, (there are 157 NHS Trusts with a number of units at present), to allow bereaved families more time to say goodbye to their angel babies. The cost of each cuddle cot is £1,500.00. We found, however, that where hospitals already have one or more cots in place in their units, they are requesting funding for training. In response to this, The Luca Foundation will also be raising funds to provide places on the Baby Lifeline Training courses ‘Implementing Saving Babies’ Lives: Prevention of Preterm Birth, Growth Restriction and Stillbirth’ and ‘Implementing Saving Babies’ Lives: Ultrasound Practical Day’. In August 2019 The Luca Foundation applied to become a registered charity but will continue to raise funds for this important training.
Baby Lifeline’s nationwide Monitoring for Mums major appeal will raise funds, region by region, for much needed technology and training, which will help to give mums and babies the best care possible. Equipment funding requests have so far totalled £5 million and keep coming in, so we will need your help.
The Baby Bean Appeal is formed by Baby Lifeline, Philips Footprints, and Friends of SCBU, and aims to raise over £105,000 for fetal monitoring equipment in Jersey.
We are relaunching our Maternity Equipment Appeal for 2016.
This is an opportunity for hospitals to submit their ‘wish list’ for maternity unit equipment!
In memory of their son Patrick who died suddenly in May 2007, Frank and Kirsty Keogh have setup a fund in aid of Baby Lifeline.
Baby Lifeline has supported the provision of technology for maternity and neonatal units in the three hospitals – the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust (Good Hope Hospital – Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and Solihull Heartlands Hospitals) to care for pregnant women, their unborn and newborn babies.