Vicky Runs for the Rainbow Rooms
On Sunday 10th May Vicky Nolan, from Swinton , will
be taking part in the Morrison's Great Manchester Run with six
friends to raise money for the Rainbow Room at Saint Mary's
Hospital, Manchester, a place very close to her heart.
In June last year Vicky gave birth to a beautiful baby girl
called Luna Amber. Luna was a twin but unfortunately her brother
Luca Andrew suffered from a fatal case of skeletal dysplasia, a
condition which affects bone growth. Luca's short time with Vicky,
and her partner, Andy was spent in one of Saint Mary's Rainbow
The Rainbow Room is a space at the hospital set up for parents
and families to go after the delivery of a baby that is stillborn,
has died during labour or in the immediate hours afterwards.
The room allows parents and relatives to spend some precious time
with their child.
The room is personal and warm and as Vicky says:
"It took away the clinical aspects that come with a hospital
environment. The room provided us with an escape to savour in
the very short time we had with Luca before he passed away in his
"Our time at Saint Mary's was the hardest thing we have ever
been through, a complete roller coaster of emotions. We received
the most amazing gift in the beautiful Luna Amber but at the same
time we had to deal with the sadness and loss of Luna's beautiful
big brother Luca Andrew.
The support, care and attention we received from the staff at
Saint Mary's made our journey that little bit easier and we will
always be grateful for that. The staff do a fantastic job all day
To say thank you to the staff Vicky, a first time runner, is
taking part in the Great Manchester Run, raising funds to maintain
the room. Joining her will be her six close friends Claire, Dawn,
Jo, Tina, Adele and Stacey.
"We are a mixture of ages, shapes and sizes and to say we are
not accomplished runners would be an understatement. Training is
hard but satisfying knowing the money raised by our generous family
and friends is going to a fantastic cause. If what we raise
continues to help even one family in our situation them it's all
been worth it."
Hannah Thomas, Events and PR Manager for Saint Marys Hospital
"We very much admire Vicky's strength and courage, by wanting to
raise money for the Rainbow Room despite everything she has been
through it really does show what a warm-hearted and brave
individual she is. We are incredibly grateful to every single
person who has sponsored Vicky and her friends, their donations
really will help us to continue providing this invaluable service.
We will be there cheering on Vicky and her friends at the Great
Manchester Run in a few weeks' time, good luck to the whole
The group have set a fundraising target of £2000 and have
already exceeded this! Funds raised will go towards maintaining the
Rainbow Rooms. Aviva, where Vicky and her colleague Claire work,
will also be match funding them for £250. They will also be having
a dress down day on 7th May with all proceeds also going
to Vicky's Justgiving page.
To sponsor Vicky and her friends visit: https://www.justgiving.com/Luca-Nellis1/
Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is raising money to ensure
continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of patients each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the Charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
For further information please
contact Aimee Lawless on email@example.com
or 07827 886 286
Notes to Editors
In the photo (from left to right):
Back row: Dawn Jones, Tina Cassidy, Stacey Collins, Jo
Front row: Claire Bracegirdle, Victoria Nolan, Adele
About Saint Mary's Hospital Charity
- Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity. Registered
charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are:
Manchester University Dental Hospital Charity
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity
Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity
Trafford Hospitals Charity