Bayb’s maternity appeal
Our exciting Bayb’s Maternity Appeal launched at the end of January 2017. With an ambitious £250,000 target, the appeal aims to fund additional equipment, services and furnishings that will make all the difference to mums-to-be and their partners using our new maternity unit at Furness-General Hospital.
The maternity appeal has raised £200,000 so far. All funds raised will help buy extra equipment, furnishings and ‘extras’ for the new, state-of-the-art South Lakes Birth Centre at Furness General Hospital, which officially opens on 14 February 2018.
The final ‘Big Push’ is now on to find the remaining £50,000 that will take our appeal to its £250,000 target. You can donate online today to support the appeal.
The South Lakes Birth Centre
- The new £12m maternity unit is due to welcome its first women and families in early February 2018.
- It has 14 en-suite birthing rooms, including four birthing pool rooms.
- Mum and her birthing partner will stay in the one room until she and her baby are well enough to go home.
- Each room is equipped with a resuscitaire should the baby need a little extra help breathing when first born.
- The birthing rooms all have their own wall-mounted, flat screen SMART TVs. They are decorated to be as homely as possible with cots for babies that can be pulled over the bed, so mum and her newborn can maximise skin-to- skin contact.
Support from businesses for the appeal
Support has poured in from local businesses, including:
- Searle Audio
- Estate and lettings agency JH Homes
- Furness Plastics
- Barrow’s indoor market traders
- Accountancy firm JF Hornby & Co
- LSA Lettings
- Local branches of the NatWest
- Furness Building Society
Even the construction company building the new maternity unit, VINCI Construction UK, has supported the appeal through charity MedEquip4Kids, which gave more £28,000 to fund the resuscitaires.
We’ve had generous support from the following charitable organisations:
- HEFF (Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness)
- Urswick WI
- Roose Townswomen’s Evening Guild
- Furness Lions
- The John Fisher Foundation
- The Eric and Marion Scott Trust
- Barrow Rotary Club
- Make a donation securely online through Justgiving
- Text BAY05 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70070
- Send a cheque payable to “Bay Hospitals Charity” to Bay Hospitals Charity, Royal Lancaster Infirmary, Ashton Road, Lancaster, LA1 4RP
Thank you for your support!
More about the development of the South Lakes Birth Centre
As science evolves and new ideas on best practices emerge all the time, our appeal aims to fund a variety of equipment including birthing aids aimed at helping both mother and baby during the birthing process and additional birthing pools, giving parents who want a water birth in hospital the chance to do so. We also aim to fund the very latest in simulation technology, ensuring clinical skills remain at the cutting edge of mother and newborn care.
Special Care Baby Unit
Sometimes babies need a little extra help when they arrive, either because they are unwell or born too early. 1 in 13 babies born in the UK are born too soon to go home and may need special care. With your help, we can make our brand new special care baby unit the best it can be, offering local parents a chance to stay and be close to their precious baby
Relaxation has long been recognised as a vital part of a healthy birth, a calm relaxing environment, with a bed for both mum and birth partner along with soothing relaxation aids can make all the difference to baby and anxious parents during the hours before birth giving baby the best opportunity for a safe arrival.
Sometimes baby arrives too soon or is too poorly to survive, to lose a baby is an enormous shock for parents. It brings with it a wide range of emotions. We hope to make our bereavement room and private garden a peaceful , tranquil space, with all the comforts and privacy needed for parents who face baby loss.