Sussex

Eastbourne Hospital asked to return donation

A couple who donated money to Eastbourne District General Hospital in East Sussex want it returned.

Monica Corrina-Kavakli and Aydin Kavakli say they want the £7,000 they gave in 2003 back because the hospital has failed to spend it.

The couple made the donation for a bereavement room after their daughter was stillborn at the hospital in 2002.

Eastbourne District General Hospital said the money had been ring-fenced for the couple's wishes.

'Just hurts'

Mrs Corrina-Kavakli said: "They don't seem to have any respect for us, they don't seem to have any respect for the reasons that we wanted to do it.

"As time goes by it just hurts more and more."

Ella was stillborn on the 3 July 2002, 35 weeks into a relatively normal pregnancy.

"We've waited nine years, Ella will be 10 next July, and it's not fair that we still have nothing to show for our fund raising efforts", said Mrs Corrina-Kavakli.

Money ring fenced

A spokesman for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, which runs the hospital in Eastbourne, said the money raised had been ring fenced for the bereavement room.

He said a previous long-running campaign against changes to the hospital's maternity services contributed to the delay in creating the bereavement room.

The spokesman added: "The proposed works have unfortunately been further delayed whilst final but important detail changes have been made and approved."

Work on the room, which will cost £53,000 in total, is expected to start in September 2011.

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