Resources needed to help care for tiny tots at Rotherham Hospital’s Special Care Baby Unit have been boosted thanks to fundraisers from the new Maltby Women’s Institute.
Following the launch of the group earlier this year, members hosted their first coffee morning in May at the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall in Maltby. The group’s first ever fundraising event raised £327 for the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity
Maltby WI President Denise McBride said: “For our first ever fundraiser we really wanted to do really well for our chosen charity and we exceeded all our expectations. We organised the coffee morning at quite short notice but lots of people baked for us and came along to show their support, including the former Mayor of Rotherham, Councillor Lyndsay Pitchley. It definitely helped that I went up and down the high street inviting people in for tea and cake!
“We are really proud that it went so well and to have raised so much for the Special Care Baby Unit. We hope our donation makes a difference to families in Rotherham and their experience of visiting hospital. It’s a great start for our newly formed group.”
The money raised through cake sales and a ‘name the teddy’ competition was designated to the Special Care Baby Unit and helped to fund two breastfeeding chairs and a baby car seat, which is loaned to parents to take their babies home.
Alison Cowie, Matron for the Special Care Baby Unit, added: “We are incredibly honoured to receive support from Maltby WI during their first ever fundraising event. We really do appreciate their support. The breastfeeding chairs will ensure mums have a comfortable stay with us and the baby car seat also means we can help get families home safely and more quickly.”
The Maltby WI currently has 43 members who meet every month. Local author Milly Johnson will be the group’s special guest at the next meeting on 14 September at the Edward Dunn Memorial Hall, Tickhill Road, Maltby from 7pm to 9pm. Contact Denise McBride on Maltbywi@gmail.com
or 07807 450752 for more information and to join. You can also follow the group on Facebook here.
For more information about the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity please contact Suzanne Rutter on 01709 426821 or via Charity@rothgen.nhs.uk