Tameside Hospital maternity services benefit from cash boost
23 July 2012

A GROUP of fundraisers has cleaned up – quite literally – on behalf of Tameside Hospital.

The group – made up of staff from the Dyno Credit Control Team, part of British Gas at Hattersley organised a series of events from throwing wet sponges at management to raffles, tombola’s and a barbecue.

They embarked on their fundraising mission after hearing about the Transitional Baby Care Unit’s need for specialist equipment. The unit, based on Ward 27, provides care for babies that require a slightly longer than normal stay in hospital after birth.

Dyno Rod’s Alison Alford said: “I had been chatting to my friend Lynne France who is an assistant practitioner on the unit and she had been explaining how the unit desperately needed funds to buy specialist equipment to enhance the care for these babies and their families. I knew we could help.

“We began fundraising a year ago and over a nine month period managed to raise a grand total of £1,400. This money was raised by way of:
football cards, raffles, bottle tombola, guess the weight of a team member’s baby prior to him being born, guess the weight of a cake and a BBQ with a sponge the manager event which as you can imagine raised a lot of money.

“Who wouldn’t want to put their manger in the stocks and either throw wet sponges at them or even a full bucket of water in some cases? We had all had a great time and plenty of fun was had by all involved.

“The team would like to say a big thank you to all the business’s that kindly donated items to help us raise this grand total, with a special thank you to www.loumakescakes.co.uk, Glossop Caravans, Dukinfield Golf Club and Inspired Jewellers in Hyde.”

Margaret Porritt, who manages the Transitional Baby Care Unit, said: “This is a very generous gesture and one which is greatly appreciated. These funds will enable us to invest in special cots which will mean mums will not have to be separated from their babies while they are on the unit.

“It never ceases to amaze me how much loyalty this hospital’s maternity unit commands among the people of Tameside and Glossop and on behalf of the hospital, all I can do is say a massive thank you.”