AN APPEAL to raise money for a new maternity unit at Warwick Hospital is well on its way.
In a matter of months the Birth and Babies appeal has reached a £50,000 milestone, leaving it one step closer to reaching its £200,000 target.
The money will be used to ensure the new Midwife Led Unit – which is currently being built – has the best equipment which would otherwise not be funded by the NHS, such as ambient lighting.
One of those who has been working to support the appeal is Leanne Howlett, who is a member of the Birth and Babies fund-raising committee.
She said she was keen to get involved after having her son at Warwick Hospital two years ago.
Leanne said: “I had a really tough labour and my husband was unable to stay with me when my son was born in the middle of the night. I wouldn’t quite be brave enough to have a home birth but being able to have a Midwife Led Unit which is like a home from home would have made the whole experience much more comfortable and relaxing for us all.
“The new unit will give women such a unique experience and I can’t wait for the first babies to be born there later this year.”
A VALENTINES dance is being held to raise money for the Birth and Babies appeal.
There will be live music, dancing and a raffle at The Nelson Club in Warwick on Friday (February 16) from 8pm.
Tickets cost £7 each with all proceeds going to the appeal. Call 01926 419326 to book.
AND BUDDING runners are also being called on to help raise money.
Last year many fund-raisers signed up to triathlons, marathons and mud runs – and hospital bosses hope even more will support their cause in 2018.
A spokeswoman said: “There are lots of challenge events coming up in Warwickshire with the Warwick Half Marathon and Family Fun Run in March, the Wolf Run in April and the Castle to Castle in June, why not challenge yourself to help make Warwickshire’s new maternity unit the best that it can be?”
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