Welwyn charity awards second midwife scholarship

AN annual bursary set up in memory of a Welwyn couple’s stillborn son has been handed out for a second time.

Andrew and Rachel Canter founded the National Maternity Support Foundation (NMSF) as a lasting legacy to their son, Jake.

And their NMSF Award for Excellence in Bereavement Care provides a yearly bursary – Jake’s Scholarship – which enables NHS midwives to undertake specialist training.

This year it has been presented to Jenny Gregory, a midwife at Wansbeck General Hospital in Ashington, Northumbria.

The funding will enable Jenny to train in bereavement care with the aim of improving support for women and families.

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Once qualified, she will be designated one of Jake’s Midwives.

The honour was given out at the Royal College of Midwives’ annual awards ceremony, held last month at the Royal Garden Hotel in Kensington, London.

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Mr Canter, a Welwyn Hatfield borough councillor, said: “We are immensely proud to present Jenny this award. She has shown incredible dedication and passion in this most challenging area of maternity care.

“We know Jake’s Scholarship will make a huge difference to Jenny and the parents and families she helps on a daily basis.”

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