Nationwide Community Grant for The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal

The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal have been awarded a Community Grant from Nationwide Building Society for £4628. The funds have been pledged to enable the purchase of additional equipment for both the maternity and neonatal departments.
The partnership between Nationwide and the charity was born when staff and customers at the Penzance branch started to knit items such as blankets, hats and bonding squares for the Neonatal Unit. After visiting the unit and meeting some of the team, Amanda Dee, Customer Representative at the branch, decided to hold a cake sale fundraiser raising £764.60 for the appeal.

Amanda then invited the charity team to apply for a Community Grant towards items needed as part of the appeal and the application was approved much to the delight of the charity, maternity and neonatal teams.

“The team at Penzance have been overwhelmed with the generosity of our members, donating beautiful knitting and supporting the cake sale. This together with being accepted for the funding has resulted in us being able to make a substantial donation to such a worthwhile appeal,”

said Amanda Dee from Nationwide.

“It was such great news to hear that our application had been successful. We are so pleased that this grant will enable us to purchase some of the equipment on The BABA Appeal wishlist.” Said Karen Murrish, Fundraising Manager at Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.

The community grant will be used to purchase an Oxygen Air Blender for the Neonatal Unit, five TENS machines, 11 bedside chairs and 10 docking stations for the delivery suite rooms.

The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal is the current main fundraising drive for Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity.

The Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust has recently spent £3.6 million upgrading and reconfiguring facilities in the Neonatal and Maternity Departments. Developments have seen the relocation and expansion of the Neonatal unit and the creation of a new midwifery-led Birthing unit. In addition to these improvements, the BABA appeal aims to raise additional funds to enhance these areas to ensure that every Cornish baby has the very best start in life.

More than 4,000 babies are born in Cornwall every year with around 400 of these requiring special care. Funds raised through the BABA appeal will enable the purchase of items that significantly improve the experience of the patients and families through the entirety of their journey within the Maternity and Neonatal services and enable the staff to provide an outstanding level of care.

Added on September 18, 2018, in News - BABA / RCHT Charity