A FAMILY who raised thousands of pounds to refurbish a hospital bereavement suite after losing their baby twins have seen the difference the cash has made.

Gemma and Daniel Morgan visited the bereavement suite at the Royal Bolton Hospital to see how the money was spent.

In October, 2015 Gemma, aged 33 from Bury, and Daniel, aged 43, lost their twins Archie and Ayla after Gemma contracted an infection. The babies were stillborn and delivered at 22 weeks.

The pair turned their heartbreak into an act of kindness by raising cash for a ‘cuddle cot’ and after generous family and friends donated more than £5,000, the remainder of the money was used to refurbish the suite. The work was completed on Thursday and offers a space for grieving parents to spend precious time with their babies.

Mr and Mrs Morgan also have daughter Neve, aged five, and eight-month-old twins Ted and Thea, who they took along to meet staff on the ward.

Mrs Morgan, a microbiologist, said: “They asked us to bring Ted and Thea because they wanted to meet them.

"There were midwives and people from 4Louis charity so it was lovely to see everyone. They’ve done a really good job with the room. There’s a new double bed, some nice artwork on the walls, new comfy chairs and a lovely cabinet with a brand new fridge. We raised more than £5,000 originally hoping to just pay for a cuddle cot but ended up having much more than we needed.

“We spoke to the hospital and they said they wanted to upgrade the room. We asked to fundraise to pay for that and they were delighted with the offer so we contacted 4Louis and they did the rest — they’re amazing.”

The couple are continuing to raise funds for 4Louis, which provides support and memory boxes for other bereaved parents, by organising an annual fundraiser in memory of Archie and Ayla. In March the family held a coffee morning at Seedfield Bowling Club in Bury, which helped raise more than £1,000 for the charity.

Michelle Densham, a bereavement midwife at the Royal Bolton Hospital, said: “The final bits have been put in the room and it’s completely finished. Before there was a pull out bed, it was quite dark with imposing furniture and wasn’t very welcoming. We’ve turned it into a more comfortable environment and made it feel less clinical. It’s important for couples and families to have somewhere welcoming to spend time making memories with their babies. My colleague Seema Kala has worked very closely with Gemma and Daniel, who left it to us to decide what to do with the room.”