LMR Support "Billy's Room" Fundraiser

LMR are proud to support a local fundraising event and project. Please take some time to read the following, we think you will agree it is a very worthwhile cause.



Thornton Academy of Performing Arts in Middlesbrough have organised a Christmas Cabaret Evening at the Southlands Centre, Middlesbrough in aid of Billy’s Room for the Neonatal Unit at James Cook University Hospital on Saturday 9th December 2017.

Whilst limited, there are some tickets still available. The doors open at 6.30pm with the show starting at 7pm. There is a bar available and the night finishes at 11pm.

There is an amazing fundraising raffle/auction alongside the event. Prizes have been donated by local businesses and people close to the cause. Prizes to be won include;

  • A meal for 2 at a well known local eatery.
  • A meal for 4 at a well known restaurant in Middlesbrough.
  • Lots of beautiful items and goods.
  • AND one of the most popular prizes…..2 days FREE labour from a local painting and decorating firm.

Tickets for the Cabaret or raffle can be bought by;

contacting Melanie on 01642 851651   or

you can also go to the Just Giving website

Or donate by text: Text TAPA55 £amount to 70070

Billy’s Room, Our Story …..  on Monday 30th January 2017 at 4.58am one of our teachers Rachel gave birth to a beautiful baby boy, Billy Daniel Jones, weighing 7lbs 14oz.  Unfortunately, Billy was seriously ill when he was born and was unable to breathe on his own.  After being worked on by a team of doctors, Billy was placed onto a ventilator and taken to special care at the Neonatal Unit at James Cook Hospital.

Rachel and her partner Dan were told that Billy was extremely poorly and that neonatal consultant Dr Garg and his team were doing everything possible to help him. However, Billy’s condition continued to deteriorate and the following day, they were told the devastating news that there was nothing more that doctors could do for him.  Rachel and Dan made the very brave decision to end Billy’s suffering, and at 3.30pm on Tuesday 31st January 2017 Billy was baptized, surrounded by everyone who loved him and shortly after his ventilator was removed and Billy went to sleep.  This was all done within the Neonatal Unit, where as a grieving family they had to then walk past parents with their new babies who were getting ready to go home.

Rachel, Dan and Billy were then taken to a bereavement room so that they could be together as a family. The room allowed them to stay overnight with Billy, where they were able to love, care and most importantly spend precious time with him.  Unfortunately, the bereavement room is currently located in the Central Delivery Suite of the hospital.  It is in essence another delivery room that contained an ensuite bathroom, sofa bed and kettle.  It was cold, very clinical and most importantly lacking in privacy.  Rachel & Dan were surrounded by mothers giving birth in neighbouring rooms and babies crying whilst they were trying to grieve for their precious baby.  As I’m sure you can imagine this made an already horrendous situation, much, much worse.

The Charity….. With the support of neonatal consultant Dr Garg and the Neonatal Unit we are raising money in Billy’s memory to provide a new dedicated bereavement room in James Cook Hospital where parents who have had to endure the loss of their baby during and after birth can have the opportunity, in peace and privacy, to spend time together. This time together is so important for the whole family and it is imperative that parents and family members are allowed to grieve in a more comfortable and homely environment, without disruption.  Ideally the room will be located separately from the delivery suite, taking into consideration the parents’ emotional needs during such a traumatic time.  Billy’s room will provide future families in this situation with the most important thing of all, time together to make precious memories in a more sensitive environment.  The care that parents receive following the death of their child is crucial, as these experiences will be remembered for the rest of their lives.

How you can help…   We have set ourselves a challenging target of raising £5000 for the charity which we hope to achieve through ticket sales, raffles, an auction and cash donations.  We are looking for support from local and national businesses and hope that you can assist us by generously donating a prize or voucher that we can use to fundraise, or alternatively a cash donation.  In return we will advertise your business at the event by displaying your logo and or leaflets.  Please contact me on any of the above details if you can help in any way.  You can also follow our fundraising progress on our just giving page shown above.  With your kind help and generosity, we hope to achieve our target.  Billy’s time with us was extremely short, but we are hoping that by fundraising for this room our love for Billy will help others, and his name will live on.


On behalf of the students and teachers at Thornton Academy I would like to thank you for your time. We appreciate any help or support you can give.

Charity No: 1056061