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Furness lettings agency raises funds for new maternity unit

Heidi Bowron (right), membership and charity coordinator, and Chantell Pearson from SLL
Heidi Bowron (right), membership and charity coordinator, and Chantell Pearson from SLL

Women and families who use the new Maternity Unit at Furness General Hospital (FGH) when it opens next December will benefit from brand new equipment – thanks to the generosity of a local Furness lettings agency.

South Lakes Lettings (SLL), of Market Street in Dalton-in-Furness, is a dedicated lettings agent covering the whole of the South Lakes. Earlier this year, they named Bay Hospitals Charity as its charity of choice and since then, have held various fundraising events raising nearly £6, 000 for FGH.

Chantell Pearson from South Lakes Lettings, said: “As a thank you for the great care a colleague’s relative received on the Complex and Coronary Care Unit (CCCU) at FGH, we decided to raise money for the department. The team enjoyed working with the Bay Hospitals charity team so much that we decided to continue and have chosen the new Maternity Unit at FGH as our new focus.”

In November SLL held a black tie charity ball at Clarence House Hotel in Dalton . Around 100 people attended the evening which included a delicious three course meal, raffle and auction. The event raised an impressive £1,353 which will be used to buy additional equipment for the new maternity unit at FGH.

Chantell said, “The Ball marks the launch of our support of the new maternity unit, many of our friends, family and business colleagues attended and had a great time. I would like to thank Matron, Sally Sagar for coming along to say a few words.
Chantell added: “Everyone at SLL has thoroughly enjoyed the partnership working with Bay Hospitals Charity, and we are very proud to be able to support our local hospitals in this way. We are planning to host another Ball later in the year but our next venture is to get a team together to take part in next year’s Keswick to Barrow walk.”

Paula Richardson, Head of Charity and Fundraising, Bay Hospitals Charity, said: “I am extremely grateful to everyone at South Lakes Lettings for their fantastic support The Ball was a huge success, I am delighted that they are continuing their support next year. We rely heavily on the support of the local community to fund items that really do make a difference to a patients visit or stay in hospital, I have no doubt that their future events will be just as successful!”

Bay Hospitals Charity is a registered charity that raises funds and supports UHMBT’s five hospital sites. Donations received go to providing those little extras that help make the hospital experience better or improve outcomes for patients. Money is used to fund additional medical equipment, medical research, specialist training and service improvements. It is the generosity of the local communities that enables the charity to enhance and support the hospitals across Morecambe Bay and the lives of the 365,000 people that live here.

If you would like to support the charity and make a donation, please visit http://www.mbhcharity.org/charities_fundraising.asp or email [email protected].

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