Saturday, 26 May 2012

Midlands former England footballer Steve Bull supports Baby Lifeline’s Heartlands maternity appeal.


Judy Ledger on the left, Steve Bull on her right, with a Trust student midwife and midwife.

Warm hearted former England footballer and top Wolverhampton Wanderers scorer, amongst other accolades, Steve Bull MBE, has responded to mother and baby charity Baby Lifeline’s appeal to provide equipment for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust’s maternity units.

Through Steve’s charitable foundation, a generous £7,569 was donated to provide very specialised equipment which is used as a technical means of recording an unborn baby’s heartbeat and uterine contractions during pregnancy, typically in the third trimester, and in labour. Health professionals can closely monitor the health and well-being of babies and their mothers at these specific stages, and therefore this equipment is of great importance.

Steve Bull said: “I am so proud and delighted that the Steve Bull Foundation which was launched following my success and good fortune enjoyed over the years, is to benefit so many people in the Black Country and West Midlands areas, and supported this excellent cause. I know that the equipment provided is tremendously important and will support the already excellent professional care of many thousands of women and their babies”.

Judy Ledger – Founder and Chief executive of Baby Lifeline, said: “I was absolutely thrilled when Steve and his fellow Trustees chose to support the purchase of equipment which will provide such important care. Steve is an exceptional man, with the wellbeing of others something he obviously sees as so important. We cannot thank Steve and his Foundation enough. Our charity, which was established over 30 years ago, has, thanks to so many generous people and their organisations, been able to provide equipment for many maternity units across the UK over the years - providing support for thousands of women and their babies. The charity continues to make this provision, and is particularly pleased with the support for the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and indeed from the Steve Bull Foundation.”

Emma Hale, Head of Fundraising at Heart of England Trust, said “Everyone in Maternity Services at the Hospital is so grateful for this donation. We always strive to provide the best possible care for our patients, and this piece of machinery will really help staff and improve the treatment we give mothers and babies. A massive thank you to Steve, his Foundation and Baby Lifeline.”

The monitor and accessories is now in use in Birmingham Heartlands maternity unit, and are the first of nine requested and needed to support the care given for women and their babies in Solihull and Birmingham Heartlands and Sutton Coldfield’s Good Hope Hospitals where there are around babies 11,500 delivered per annum.

Baby Lifeline’s long standing Vice President and television presenter Nick Owen, launched the appeal at the end of last year, and generous donations made to date have enabled the charity to donate an array of equipment including baby weighing scales (community and hospital use), hand held fetal heart monitors to monitor an unborn baby’s heart rate, and comfortable chairs for visitors accompanying and waiting for women in labour in each of the 3 units delivery suites.

For further information please contact Judy Ledger on 02476 422135/07932 102403 or email judy@babylifeline.org.uk

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