We launched our Bayb’s Maternity Appeal at the end of January 2017 with an ambitious target of raising £250,000.

We wanted to raise the money to fund additional equipment, services and furnishings that would make all the difference to local women and families using our new South Lakes Birth Centre at Furness General Hospital. The new South Lakes Birth Centre officially opened on February 14 2018.

The appeal formally closed on 31 March 2018, and thanks to the overwhelming kindness and generosity of our local communities and businesses, the total raised was an unbelievable £233,399.63.

With this money, we were able to buy absolutely everything on our wish list, including extra birthing pools; the décor and features in the dedicated bereavement suite and garden; a stay-over room so parents can stay as close to their babies as possible; and a state-of-the-art ‘Sim Mum’ that simulates various birthing situations and complications to allow staff to keep their clinical skills and decision making up to date.

On behalf of our Trust, our staff and local families, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to each and every one of you who supported the appeal. Your donations have helped make the South Lakes Birth Centre one of the best maternity units in the country.