The Monitoring for Mums Appeal aims for the stars! Our Monitoring for Mums Appeal is due to launch at our annual gala dinner on Thursday (8th September). The appeal aims to raise in excess of £4.5 million to provide equipment and training for hospitals across the country. At the beginning of the year we asked hospitals and trusts to send us their requests and wish lists for equipment and training; as part of our continuing work to decrease the number of avoidable infant deaths and injury we set ourselves the mission to raise the necessary funds with our biggest and most ambitious appeal to date. Despite the appeal not being launched yet, the fundraising has already started! We have had the help from wonderful supporters and have managed to provide equipment and training in the North East, South West, and we are putting plans in place to do the same in the Midlands. As with any appeal of this nature we are calling upon any and every one to help our cause and have had some real heroes step forward already. Lily Taylor Lily is the granddaughter of our wonderful former Trustee the late Don Barrett. She persuaded her friends to raise money for Baby Lifeline for “her Grampy”, and thought the money “may help babies and mums”. Roy and Lorraine Reynolds Roy and Lorraine got married in July and kindly asked their guests to donate money to Baby Lifeline as a wedding gift. They raised an amazing £1,500, which will go towards equipment purchases for the local hospital in Coventry and Warwickshire. Michelle Jacobs Michelle sadly lost her baby daughter, Lara, in November of last year. She ran the 2016 Virgin London Marathon for Baby Lifeline as a way of doing something positive to help other babies and maternity units. She raised an incredible £7,063.88 with the support of her school colleagues and children at Ashton Park School, which has bought an important piece of equipment for North Bristol NHS Trust. We also had a successful bid from the Merck Foundation in America for $50,000, which will make a huge difference to Trusts in the North East: “This will all make a huge difference to the department and enable us to continue to deliver high quality patient care.” – Head of Midwifery If you would like to donate or get involved with fundraising you can do so through our JustGiving campaign page, look for your local hospital’s needs or, for general information about the appeal you can visit our Monitoring for Mums Appeal website. We are also on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, so give us a follow to stay up to date with all the latest news.