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19th Oct, 2021

Teddy Bears Picnic raises thousands for new hospital unit

HOSPITAL supporters have been down to the woods to enjoy a Teddy Bears picnic.

Teddies and their owners descended on the gardens of Ragley Hall in Alcester, raising £3,500 for a new midwife-led maternity unit which is currently being built at Warwick Hospital.

The money will go to the unit’s Birth and Babies appeal, which will see extras such as luxury baby cribs, special birthing beds and pain relief machines installed in each room.

Hospital spokeswoman for women and children’s services, Wendy Jones, said: “I would like to thank everyone that came to the teddy bears picnic and a special thank you to Ragley Hall for letting us host such a fantastic event, as well as all of the organisations that helped make the day a huge success.

“The birthing centre is going to be extremely beneficial for lots of families in Warwickshire and the surrounding areas. It is lovely to see so many people supporting our maternity services and helping us to make it the best it can be.”

And the appeal has received even more support a little closer to home – with two Warwick midwives tackling Mount Snowdon to raise funds.

On September 22 Jane Dobson and Diane Ménage will start the climb to 3,300ft.

Jane said: “As passionate midwives this is a cause very close to our hearts. We want new mums and future generations to have the best possible birthing choices, and midwife led care is proven to have benefits for both mums and babies”.

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