Massive Monitoring for Mums Appeal is Launched!

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Massive Monitoring for Mums Appeal is Launched!

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The 8th September saw the launch of our biggest appeal to date – Monitoring for Mums, and also the celebration of a milestone 35 years since we were founded. The dinner created a buzz around the important £4.5 million appeal, and was definitely a night to remember.

A Sparkle to Start…

G16A9683 G16A9954As guests arrived, Sussex Place – the home of The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists – was lit up with sound-checks by the fabulous Trinity Big Band and The Voice’s Karl Loxley. Accompanying the sparkling drinks reception, kindly sponsored by Wine Poole Limited, was the decadent Trinity School String Quartet – a perfect backdrop for colleagues to catch up and guests to introduce each other.

As guests ascended up the portrait-dressed staircase, Trinity Big Band’s timeless music provided a jaw-droppingly impressive entrance to the Gala Dinner.

Grace was delivered by Professor James Walker, President of Baby Lifeline Training, and guests tucked into a delicious three course meal. The guests were invited to browse the glossy brochures, kindly put together and sponsored by Creative Race, and read about our work and the events to come throughout the night.

Aiming for the Stars…

G16A0005Our Master of Ceremonies, TV Presenter’s Nick Owen welcomed guests to the impressive Nuffield Hall as everyone took their seats for dinner, and introduced a few familiar names and faces. The dinner and appeal was supported by many a household name and face; amongst the celebrity attendees were: Dame Barbara Windsor, TV Presenter Nick Owen, Jonny Labey, Jimmi Harkishin, Elizabeth Emanuel, Georgia Tennant, and our celebrity guest auctioneer for the evening Eric Knowles. Our Patron Dame Judi Dench, who could not attend due to filming commitments, sent a token of her support in the form of a personally painted watercolour for our auction.

The Serious Bit…

IMG_2122Once guests had filled their stomachs and raised their glasses, it was time to learn of the importance of the work that Baby Lifeline does, and specifically our newest appeal – Monitoring for Mums.

Professor James Drife, President of Baby Lifeline, took to the stage to deliver a sobering reminder of the importance of multidisciplinary training for improving safety for mums and babies, and the lack of funding to support it nationally. Dr David Richmond, President of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, mirrored this sentiment using statistics to demonstrate that “we can do better”. He noted that 655 babies are born every year with a severe brain injury; a brain injury that will go on to affect their lives and their family’s lives for decades to come. More than 2 babies a day in the UK will die or become severely brain damaged.

Both Professor Drife and Dr Richmond carried the same message: much of this nationally-experienced suffering can be reduced with investment in training and equipment for hospitals – something that Baby Lifeline is offering across the UK.

The Monitoring for Mums Appeal has gone out to all hospitals asking them for their maternity “wish-lists” – giving them a rare opportunity to ask for important equipment and training that they need to improve care for mums and babies in their hospitals. The wish-lists stretch from mobile telephones with headsets to improve communication in the ward, to ultrasound scanning machines to check that babies are healthy inside the womb.

The Finale…IMG_2209

After a fun “Big Bang” Luxury Balloon Draw, sponsored by Silva Legal Services, and a lively and successful auction conducted by Eric Knowles, guests settled in to listen to The Voice’s Karl Loxley fill the room with his incredible operatic voice.

There are lots of ways to support the campaign, please visit the official website to learn more: www.monitoringformums.co.uk.

Full image gallery available to view here.

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