Hospital appeal reaches halfway mark

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Carrie Daniels, Labour Ward co-ordinator, Helen Lancaster, director of operations at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT), Rachel Jones, head of community engagement at Stratford Town Trust, SWFT midwife Ingunn Ford, and Tony Jackson, trustee of Stratford Town Trust.

THE appeal for the new £1.6million midwife-led birthing unit at Warwick Hospital has reached half of its fundraising target – thanks to the Stratford Town Trust.

The Birth and Babies Appeal was launched in April 2017 and aims to raise £200,000 to be invested into special enhancements to the unit, above and beyond what NHS money will fund.

It will open in August as an alternative to the current Obstetric Unit and home birth teams.

The £25,000 grant from the Town Trust takes the fundraising total to over £100,000 will be used to help create a family snug room which has doors onto a private garden.

The snug will be a central area within the unit that will be a welcoming and calming environment for parents to relax in.

Rachel Jones, the trust’s head of community engagement, said: “This is a really exciting development for maternity services and will benefit women from Stratford and all across South Warwickshire.

“We wanted to support the appeal to help make the birthing unit the best it can be”.

Glen Burley, chief executive at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Warwick and Stratford hospitals, said: “We are delighted that the Stratford Town Trust has supported our appeal. The development is really starting to take shape and we hope that this donation will inspire others to help us to reach our target.”

To support the appeal call 01926 495321 ext 8049 or e-mail charity@swft.nhs.uk