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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 Rooms.

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 Daddy's arms."

Vicky continues:

"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 every day."

Rainbow Rooms runners

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.

Vicky says:

"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 Charity, added:

"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 team!"

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 aimee.lawless@cmft.nhs.uk or 07827 886 286


Notes to Editors

In the photo (from left to right):

Back row: Dawn Jones, Tina Cassidy, Stacey Collins, Jo Johnson

Front row: Claire Bracegirdle, Victoria Nolan, Adele Brownsell


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