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Scouts’ donation for maternity unit

Wednesday, 02 July, 2014
Scouts’ donation for maternity unit

1st Ashington Scouts have donated £200 to the maternity unit at Wansbeck General Hospital.

The scouts raised the money from a street collection at Christmas where Santa was towed in a sleigh. They took over the tradition from the ‘Lionesses’ – a group which had carried it out for many years – after it folded last year.

A new sleigh was built and Benfied Kia loaned a vehicle to the scouts to tow it.

As part of the proceeds have always been donated to a charity, the scouts decided that they should continue to do this and the maternity unit at Wansbeck was recognised as a worthy cause for local residents.

Representatives of the scouts presented the cheque to midwife Aimee Straughan and Lynn Tilley, clinical lead midwife/modern matron. The money will be used to improve the unit’s environment and women’s experiences of being in labour.

The consultant-led unit at Wansbeck General Hospital is managed by Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. The Trust’s Bright charity provides the little extras which make a difference to patients.

Pictured are Alice Beattie, Andrew Bell, Joshua Brooks and Jessica Bell from the scouts with Aimee Straughan and Lynn Tilley.