A Week to be Proud
Last week was a busy week for the team. On Wednesday 8 March we celebrated International Women’s Day – commemorating the movement for women’s rights. As part of the theme of inspirational women, Judy attended the ‘Women in Business Conference’ organised by Socially Shared and was privileged to be the Key Note speaker, joining a long list of truly inspirational and tenacious women. The event was well attended and even boasted BBC presenter and journalist, Joanne Tidman as the Master of Ceremonies.
Judy took to the stage and spoke humbly about her story and the obstacles she faced getting to where she and the charity are today. She said that, Baby Lifeline was in fact, her lifeline that helped her to cope with the tragic personal loss of her first 3 babies, and that she didn’t know where she would be today without it.
Socially Shared generously presented Judy with a cheque for Baby Lifeline towards for the Monitoring for Mums Appeal.
The very next day (Thursday, 9th March) we were delighted to be able to visit Birmingham Women’s Hospital to deliver seven Blood Pressure Monitors, which were on the hospital’s ‘wish-list’ for training and equipment that was submitted to our Monitoring for Mums Appeal.
It was a great opportunity to see how donations were being used and to meet the people who would be using them – we even invited our patron Nick Owen, of BBC Midlands Today. Nick and Judy are pictured above with Melanie Brown, Midwife and Trixie McAree – Head of Midwifery at the Women’s Hospital (pic).
We also invited donors and fundraisers to visit the hospital to see the great work they were supporting. Among our guests were Cully and Jackie Phull from Kings Heath Grange Day Nursery, who bought two monitors with funds raised from their nursery school graduation day – from which we have been given regular, generous donations towards our work. Ed Locock and Poppy Wilkinson from Gateley Plc who bought one monitor as part of their supporting us as their Charity of the Year. We were also thrilled to welcome our long term supporter Janet Oatway from EuroKing who support the training every year with a grant, and without their support we wouldn’t be where we are today. A HUGE thank you to all of you.
From Judy: “The presentation at Birmingham Women’s Hospital of 7 Blood Pressure Monitors for its antenatal assessment unit went so well. Huge thank you to our patron Nick Owen, supporters Kings Heath Grange Day Nursery, Gateley Plc and Euroking who have all been wonderfully generous. I’d also like to thank Cosatto, with whom we filmed some footage of the event for future work together. I spent many months, many years ago, in this unit when pregnant with Richard, so it was natural to take him along with our lovely Daughter-in-Law Lou and baby Grandson Artie! Of course Sara, my daughter and now colleague was there working hard too!“