Having a ball to boost fundraising appeal for Airedale Hospital by £4,750

Keighley News: Pictured at the winter ball are staff from Airedale Hospital’s  maternity unit with the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Khadim Hussain Pictured at the winter ball are staff from Airedale Hospital’s maternity unit with the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Coun Khadim Hussain

A ball has raised more than £4,750 for Airedale Hospital’s maternity appeal.

More than 150 people attended the event, which included an auction and prize draw.

Among the guests was the Lord Mayor of Bradford, Keighley councillor Khadim Hussain.

The appeal aims to raise funds for resources in the bereavement suite, part of the hospital’s new midwifery-led unit, which was opened in July.

Claire Mathews, head of midwifery at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I would like to thank everyone who came to the ball, as well as those who donated prizes and/or their time to help.

“Sadly, about 4,000 babies are stillborn in the UK each year, so unfortunately it is something we deal with more often than people may think.

“Having a separate area for parents to spend time with their baby afterwards is really important for families who go through this sad experience.”

The ball was held at the Craiglands Hotel in Ilkley.

Visit justgiving.com/AiredaleHospital-MaternityAppeal or text AHMA95 £2 to 70070 to donate to the maternity appeal.

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