A baby loss charity said lack of funding had forced it to suspend counselling at a maternity unit.

The Pregnancy Expectations, Trauma and Loss Society (Petals) service is to end at the Rosie Hospital, Cambridge after hopes of NHS funding fell through.

A charity spokeswoman said high demand for its specialist care means it can no longer rely on public donations alone.

Cambs Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said it could not provide funding “due to its [own] financial situation”.

Petals chief executive Karen Burgess described the decision as “heartbreaking”.

The charity was founded at the hospital, which is on the Addenbrooke’s site, in 2011 and expanded to seven other hospitals in Suffolk, Essex, Oxford and London where CCGs have “ring-fenced” money from their budgets, Ms Burgess said.

Suffolk CCG

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