Babies to get Bright Start, thanks to £20k donation
11 November 2013

Thanks to a £20,000 donation from the hospital’s League of Friend, work will soon begin on revamping the midwife-led facilities and creating an active birth room.

This comes after the League of Friends kick started the fundraising efforts with an initial £20,000 donation.

Barbara Thomson, chairman of the League of Friends, said: “It’s given us great pleasure to make this donation. We have supported this department at the start of the appeal so we decided that what we started we’d finish.”

The Maternity Unit is looking for Tameside and Glossop women who would like to join a working group to decide how the money should be spent.

Ideas so far include sprucing up the midwifery led care room and pool room with new fabrics and furnishings, installing a new water birth pool, doppler foetal monitors, kneeling stools for midwives to protect their knees and back and a new birth couch.

Lesley Tones, head of the Maternity Unit, said: “I’m really pleased and absolutely delighted. I cannot thank the League of Friends enough for their continued support. We have already refurbished our main delivery rooms earlier this year and we are looking at a range of other ideas so that we are able to continue to improve the facilities for our women and their babies.’’