Ulverston electrical safety specialist Bender UK Ltd has donated £1,000 to Bay Hospital Charity’s newly launched Bayb’s Maternity Appeal, which is raising £250,000 to make the maternity unit being built at Furness General Hospital among the best equipped and most comfortable in the country.
The money will be used to stage a Bayb’s Spring Dance at Hawcoat Park Social Club in Barrow on Friday, April 7th, at which popular local band the Soul Survivors will headline. Bender UK Ltd’s sponsorship of the event means all money raised by ticket sales can now go directly into the appeal’s coffers.
Heidi Bowron, of Bay Hospitals Charity, who is spearheading the Bayb Maternity Appeal from the charity’s recently opened office within the main entrance to Furness General Hospital, said: “We are very grateful to Bender UK Ltd for donating this money to sponsor the Bayb’s Spring Dance as it covers our costs of staging it. This means that when someone buys a ticket, the full amount paid can go to the appeal.”
Tickets for the Bayb’s Spring Dance cost £15 each and include a buffet supper. They are available from Bay Hospital Charity’s Barrow office and can be reserved for collection by telephoning Heidi on 01229 404473.
Heidi added: “We are looking forward to a great night out that we’re expecting will quickly sell-out such is the reputation of the Soul Survivors.”
Lisa Hudson, marketing manager for Bender UK Ltd, which is based at Low Mill Business Park, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the appeal. Furness General Hospital is not only an important client of the business, it’s our local hospital and therefore it means a lot to us personally as well. We are sure the night will be a huge success.”
The Bayb’s Maternity Appeal has a catalogue of items it is seeking to fund for the new £11 million maternity unit, which is due to open in December. They include an additional three birthing pools, stay-over beds for birth partners, ergonomic swinging cots, birth aids and those little extras that will give the unit a real home from home feel for parents-to-be.
The appeal will also provide funds for a special stayover room for parents whose babies are too poorly to go home and for those parents that are faced with the devastating news of baby loss, the appeal is raising funds for a bereavement suite and private garden area.
In addition, the appeal is seeking to fund a life-size, life-like computerised birthing mannequin that reacts in just the same way as a real mum-to-be in the delivery suite and will be used as a training tool for the unit’s staff. All the items on the shopping list fall outside the remit of what the NHS is able to fund but which staff at the unit, backed by the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay Trust under which it falls, feel will help enhance patients’ experience of it and ensure it is second to none in the country.
To learn more about these items and the appeal visit www.bayhospitalscharity.org