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Hospital directors pound the pavements for maternity unit appeal

Laura Kearns 16th Jun, 2017

HOSPITAL directors have pulled on their running shoes to raise money for a new maternity unit.

South Warwickshire Foundation Trust director of development Jayne Blacklay and director of nursing Helen Lancaster took on the Two Castles Run between Warwick and Kenilworth.

It is the second time the duo have taken on the run after last signing up ten years ago.

This time they took part in the event to raise money for the trust’s Birth and Babies appeal – which will pay for enhancements to Warwick Hospital’s midwife-led unit.

The unit is currently being built and is set to open early next year.

Helen Lancaster – who joined the trust 14 years ago as Head of Midwifery – said: “I have been amazed at the generosity of people sponsoring our run. We only have a year to raise £200,000 so every penny will make such a difference in making the unit the best that it can possibly be.”

And Jayne Blacklay said: “The new birthing centre will ensure that we can give families more choice where they birth and is something that we have wanted to develop at the trust for many years.”

The new centre will have four birthing rooms each with their own en suite facilities and birthing pool.

One of the items that will be purchased through fundraising will include a comfortable sofa and chair for each room, costing £1000 each.

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