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Kathryn tees off for a year of fundraising for new birthing centre

[T]eeing off for a year of fundraising to support the new South Lakes Birth Centre is community midwife and Barrow Golf Club’s new Lady Captain Kathryn Hampson (right).

Kathryn has worked as a local midwife for many years. She said: “When it came to nominating my chosen charity for the year, there was only one – the new birth centre at Furness General Hospital.

“I have been following the progress of the Bayb’s Maternity Appeal and although the appeal is now almost at an end, I want to continue the brilliant work it has done to make our birth centre one of the very best in the country. Money raised during my year as Lady Captain will therefore go to Bay Hospitals Charity, which launched and co-ordinated the Bayb’s appeal, for the centre.”

Kathryn, who is pictured with Bayb’s appeal co-ordinator Heidi Bowron, is now planning her programme of fundraising events, the main one of which will be an open charity golf tournament for teams of four at Barrow Golf Club on Friday 20 July.

Entry to the competition is already open online and by contacting Barrow Golf Club’s Ladies’ Competition Secretary Mary Twynam in writing at Barrow Golf Club, Rakesmoor Lane, Barrow-in-Furness LA14 4QB.

Before that, on Thursday 10 May from 6pm to 7pm, there is an opportunity for any lady who is maybe interested in trying golf to do so as the club’s professional Paul Rawlinson is hosting a free taster session that will conclude with a free glass of fizz! To book on to it, email [email protected].

The Bayb’s Maternity Appeal launched just over a year ago to fund “extras” in clinical equipment, staff training aids, decor and furnishings for the South Lakes Birth Centre, which opened last month (February). These extras fell outside the remit of what the NHS was able to fund but have added much to what the centre is able to offer families and staff. To find out more about Bay Hospitals Charity, the work it does and to make a donation, visit its website at

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