A Bolton couple have created a lasting legacy to their baby girl after raising enough money to open a hospital suite in her memory.

Kimberley and Christian Ellison's daughter Harper Rose was born sleeping on November 10, 2018, weighing a tiny 5lbs and 6-and-a-half ounces.

The family were able to spend a number of precious days with Harper Rose in the Butterfly room at Royal Bolton Hospital, before saying goodbye.

Kimberley, 36, said: “Before parting with her, we were able to spend many happy hours as a family, kissing her, cuddling her and telling her how much she is loved by everyone around her.

“For a few fleeting days, ours lives were complete due to Royal Bolton Hospital allowing us the use of a cold cot and the Butterfly room.

“Opportunities like this are limited and many families do not get the chance to spend time as a family with their angel, making treasured memories that they can cherish forever.”

As a thank you for the care they received, Kimberley and Christian, who live in Little Lever, wanted to raise enough money to help other grieving parents.

The couple raised over £12,000 after setting an original target of £2,500, giving over £10,000 to the hospital to provide another bereavement room on the maternity unit.

Kimberley said: “We wanted to give the precious and irreplaceable time we had to other families who have sadly had to experience the loss of their baby.

“We would like to personally thank everyone who has donated, supported or organised fund raising events in honour of Harper Rose’s memory.

“The generosity has been overwhelming and will ultimately give other families in circumstances similar to ours the ‘gift of time’ with their precious angel babies.”

Sally Basu, deputy head of midwifery at Bolton NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We’re so grateful to Kimberley and Christian for their kind donation which has allowed us to create The Harper Rose Suite.

“They’ve been very involved in helping us create a beautiful and comfortable space for families, which is away from the main unit.

“We know how important this time is for families and we’re so happy to see their vision become a reality.”