Raising funds in memory of little Robyn

Dr Graham Tydeman (Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Alison Askew, Rob Askew and Isobel Clegg (Fetal Medicine Midwife).
Dr Graham Tydeman (Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology), Alison Askew, Rob Askew and Isobel Clegg (Fetal Medicine Midwife).
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A Glenrothes family has been raising money for the fetal medicine team at the Victoria Hospital, in memory of their baby daughter.

Alison and Rob Askew tragically lost baby Robyn on December 7, 2014 after she was stillborn at 27 weeks and five days.

Losing our daughter has been just awful but the care we received beforehand from Dr Tydeman and the Fetal Medicine Team made us want to do something to say thank you to them from us and Robyn

Alison Askew

Alison said: “We knew quite early on in the pregnancy that Robyn had Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome (HLHS).

“She also had Non-immune Hydrops which meant her chances of survival were greatly reduced, but we didn’t want to give up on her and hoped she would make it.”

Despite losing Robyn, the family felt a depth of gratitude to the team who cared for them and wanted to show their appreciation.

Alison said: “Losing our daughter has been just awful but the care we received beforehand from Dr Tydeman and the Fetal Medicine Team made us want to do something to say thank you to them from us and Robyn.

“I’m a senior buyer for an oil and gas company and I enjoy fashion so thought what better way to put my skills to use than by buying and selling fashion necklaces which would enable us to donate the profits to the Fetal Team.

“Robyn Rocks is not only helping us but it is also assisting the department to help other people in a similar position.”

The family started the Robyn Rocks Facebook page in February and raised £229 by the end of the month. A further £1007.50 was raised in March. Rob and Alison, along with two friends, will also be taking part in the Great Scottish Run in October.

Dr Graham Tydeman, consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology, said: “It’s a very humbling experience to see what Alison and Rob have been able to achieve following the most difficult time imaginable.

“My heart goes out to them with gratitude on behalf of the team in equal measure.”