Cherish, a registered charity, is the Parents’ support group linked to the Special Care Baby Unit at the Wrexham Maelor Hospital. It was founded in 1987, with the encouragement of the staff of SCBU, by a group of parents who had all had babies in need of special care, and is a voluntary organisation.
Our aim is to provide help to parents – either when their babies are on SCBU or afterwards. This help can be in the form of financial support to enable parents to visit their babies more easily. This is often particularly difficult for parents who have to travel a considerable distance or whose baby may have to be moved to a hospital outside the area for specialist treatment.
Equally important, we offer the opportunity for parents to talk to a fellow parent who understands what it is like to have a child needing special care, and we operate a rota system with members available to visit parents, and help them through difficult times.