Fundraising with a smile!

A charity comedy night at The Imperial Hotel, Barrow, organised by members of the Hindpool Tigers brought more than a smile to the faces of supporters of the Bayb’s Maternity Appeal when the rugby league club’s chairman Graham Shaw presented them with the proceeds – a donation of £300!

The evening was the club’s fourth annual fundraising comedy night. It has been used to support a number of different charities but this year, the Tigers chose the Bayb’s Maternity Appeal after discovering that Pam Green, mum to youth team player Kayden Green, was a Bayb’s volunteer.

Pam, along with appeal co-ordinator Heidi Bowron, met Graham at Bayb’s HQ, the Bay Hospitals Charity fundraising office in the foyer of Furness General Hospital, to accept the Tigers’ donation.

It will be added to the £225,000 raised for the appeal so far to fund “extras” at the hospital’s new South Lakes Birth Centre, which opened last month.

Bayb’s Maternity Appeal

The appeal, which closes at the end of March, now stands at £225,000 towards its £250,000 target. It was launched by Bay Hospitals Charity to fund “extras” for the £12 million South Lakes Birth Centre at Furness General Hospital with the aim of making it one of the best places in the country to give birth. These “extras” fall outside the remit of what the NHS is able to fund but add much to what the centre is able to offer both staff and patients.

The centre’s 14 en-suite rooms, where mum-to-be stays for her labour, delivery and until she is ready to go home have flat screen SMART TVs and it’s Bayb’s money that has been used to make the rooms’ décor as homely as possible and to equip them with cots that can be pulled over the bed so mum and her newborn can maximise skin-to-skin contact. All rooms also have wall mounted resuscitaires funded by the appeal.

And it’s not just comfort but also, choice that the appeal has worked to improve, funding three of the centre’s four birthing pools, while for the multi-disciplinary teams that will work in the unit, it has bought a SimMom as a continuous training tool. The SimMom is a computer controlled model with the touch of real skin that can be programmed to have a simple delivery or a complicated one, her body reacting in exactly the same way as the human body.

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You can donate securely online to the appeal.

To chat to us about fundraising for Bay Hospitals Charity, please contact Heidi in our Barrow Charity Office on 01229 404473 or email

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