Hospital chaplain nominated for national award for supporting bereaved parents

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A CHAPLAIN working at Worcestershire Royal Hospital has been nominated for a national award for his work supporting families coping with the devastating loss of a baby.

Rev David Southall was put forward for the Butterfly Award by Lisa Ventura, whose son Frankie was stillborn last November.

The Butterfly Awards recognise families showing strength in the face of the loss of a baby and those supporting them. Rev Southall has been shortlisted in the bereavement worker category for his work offering support and guidance to families with stillborn babies or whose children died in the first few weeks of life.

Mrs Ventura said Rev Southall had been “a huge source of comfort” to her and her husband Russell throughout their ordeal.

“When we knew that Frankie would be born sleeping David was there with his shoulder to cry on and offering me support, guidance and tissues,” she said.

“He was always caring, compassionate and patient.

“Whenever I dropped in to his office or called him on his mobile he was never too busy to listen to me.

“I know that if it wasn't for him I would be in a much darker place than I am now.”

The couple have since set up charity Frankie’s Legacy helping parents of stillborn children as well as those born with a cleft lip or palate or chromosome 15 duplication syndrome, which causes developmental problems.

Rev Southall, who runs a popular Good News blog at www.revdavidsouthall.com spreading positive stories about healthcare, said he was delighted to be put forward for the award.

“In the course of my work I meet parents who are experiencing baby loss,” he said.

“These couples and families are some of the most inspirational people I have met in my life.

“I’m moved by these parents because they are facing one of the most challenging situation life can deal out.

“I’m honoured to be nominated for a Butterfly Award and grateful to have a small part to play in the lives of others.”

Voting for the Butterfly Awards is open until Thursday, September 11.

Votes can be cast at www.thebutterflyawards.com and winners will be announced at a black tie event on Saturday, October 11 at the Chesford Grange Hotel in Kenilworth.

For more information on Frankie’s Legacy visit www.frankieslegacy.org.uk

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7:11pm Thu 28 Aug 14

The Moan says...

He was a genuine source of strength for us when we lost our twins last year. I have also seen a few stories recently about Frankies Legacy and my heart goes out to them. When you loose something so special your heart needs a focus to help you go on.

Rev Southall gets my vote.
He was a genuine source of strength for us when we lost our twins last year. I have also seen a few stories recently about Frankies Legacy and my heart goes out to them. When you loose something so special your heart needs a focus to help you go on. Rev Southall gets my vote. The Moan
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10:52am Sat 30 Aug 14

LisaVentura says...

I am so very sorry to read about your sad loss, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain of losing twins. It was 9 months yesterday since my Frankie was born sleeping and you never ever forget, and the pain doesn't go away. Rev'd Southall more than deserves his nomination, and I really hope he goes on to win. I meant what I said, without him I would be in a much darker place than I am even now. Thank you for voting for him and I'm glad to hear that he helped you a lot too xx
I am so very sorry to read about your sad loss, I cannot even begin to imagine the pain of losing twins. It was 9 months yesterday since my Frankie was born sleeping and you never ever forget, and the pain doesn't go away. Rev'd Southall more than deserves his nomination, and I really hope he goes on to win. I meant what I said, without him I would be in a much darker place than I am even now. Thank you for voting for him and I'm glad to hear that he helped you a lot too xx LisaVentura
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