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FGH midwives need your help to raise funds for Barrow’s new maternity unit

Peter Rodell, Rotary Club of Furness; Sally Sagar, Matron for Maternity at FGH; Paula Richardson, Head of Charity and Fundraising, UHMBT; Dave Salt , Committee Chair of “Tour de Furness, Rotary Club of Furness; Heidi Bowron , Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity Coordinator and Sascha Wells, Director of Midwifery, UHMBT
Peter Rodell, Rotary Club of Furness; Sally Sagar, Matron for Maternity at FGH; Paula Richardson, Head of Charity and Fundraising, UHMBT; Dave Salt , Committee Chair of “Tour de Furness, Rotary Club of Furness; Heidi Bowron , Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity Coordinator and Sascha Wells, Director of Midwifery, UHMBT

Midwives from Furness General Hospital (FGH) are swapping their NHS uniforms for hi-tech, hi-vis cycling shorts, jersey-tops and gloves and are calling on you, the good people of Barrow to join them in raising funds to help buy those little extras, which will help make the maternity experience at FGH even better for local women.

The midwives have joined forces with The Rotary Club of Furness, and will be taking part in this year’s “Tour de Furness” charity cycle event on Sunday 11th September.

The “Tour de Furness” charity cycle event offers cyclists four different routes from 5 to 50 miles, to test your physical fitness, but organisers point out, “it is not a race!”

Over 600 fundraisers take part in the annual event, which starts from the Roose Conservative Club, Rampside Road, Barrow-in-Furness attracting cyclists of all abilities and ages, from families with children to cycling enthusiasts.

The “Call the Midwife” team, named after the hit BBC TV show, is raising funds for Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity and has set themselves a target of £5000.  There are also many prizes on offer including a Top Mark high-spec bike to the person who raises the most sponsorship.

Sascha Wells, Director of Midwifery at UHMBT.
Sascha Wells, Director of Midwifery at UHMBT.

Sascha Well, Director of Midwifery at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said: “I’m calling on all local women who’ve given birth at FGH along with your partners, families and friends to help raise as much money as we can to help buy those little extras for your new maternity unit.”

FGH’s new maternity unit, which is due to open at FGH by December 2017, will be split over two floors and will include 14 en-suite birthing rooms, two dedicated operating theatres, a Special Care Baby Unit, Maternity Assessment, and a Bereavement Suite.

Sascha continues, “It’s through the generosity of the good people of Barrow and beyond that enables Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity to enhance and support your local hospital”.

Cycling is one of the easiest ways to help you fit exercise into your daily routine; it’s a low-impact type of exercise and also a form of transport.  It saves you money, gets you fit and helps the environment. It’s also easier on your joints than running or other high-impact aerobic activities.

Cycling may also help reduce the risk of many chronic conditions including coronary heart disease, type 2 diabetes, cancer, obesity, stroke and muscular skeletal conditions.

Dave Salt, Committee Chair of “Tour de Furness”, said: “The charity cycle event is organised by the Rotary Club of Furness to raise money for St Mary’s Hospice and other local charities.

“We’ve been running the event for over 21 years now and have raised well over £400,000 for a huge number of local charities, all nominated by the riders taking part so we were only too happy to support Morecambe Bay Hospitals Charity ‘’Call the Midwife’’ team when they approached us.

“The “Tour de Furness” is a great way for individual cyclists or teams to raise funds for their chosen charities and what better charity than one which supports your local hospital’s maternity unit.”

If you would like to join the “Call the Midwife” team, please contact: Heidi Bowron, Membership & Charity Office at FGH on 01229 404473, or you can email her on: [email protected]

To donate and help the midwives reach their target of £5000, please visit: https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/callthemidwife

For further information about the “Tour de Furness” charity bike ride, including the different routes, which take in some of the most breathtaking scenery the Furness peninsula, has to offer, please visit: http://www.tourdefurness.co/

For further information about FGH’s new Maternity unit, please visit:

https://www.uhmb.nhs.uk/hospitals/furness-general-hospital/your-new-maternity-unit/

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