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Fundraising appeal for Fortem’s special project

07 Aug 2019 15:27:57
Fortem team

Management trainees from one of Rotherham’s top firms are hoping to make their mark on facilities for new-borns and their families at Rotherham Hospital – but they need your help.

Property solutions provider Fortem has launched its annual Trainee Challenge once again with the Northern team choosing to undertake a project to help transform the Special Care Baby Unit at Rotherham Hospital into a more breastfeeding friendly area for new mums.  

The project began on 6 August and the Fortem team is now appealing for generous donations to help contribute £5,000 towards the ambitious revamp. 

Caitlin Longley, project leader for the Northern Team, said: “This year the Northern team has chosen to revamp the Special Care Baby Unit at Rotherham Hospital as part of our community challenge to improve the lives of local people and the communities we serve. 

“There was no question that this was the project for us because it’s such a worthy cause. Improving the hospital environment in a way the NHS could not possibly afford to do will have a positive impact on babies and their families for generations to come. 

“We know staff on the ward have dreamed of a revamp like this for a long time so we felt it would be selfish of us not to offer our support when we know it could have a life-changing impact. Families in Rotherham and the hard-working staff on the unit really deserve it.

“We can’t wait to get started. But we need to complete the project on zero budget and therefore rely heavily on our own workforce and our supply chain to give up their time and resources to help us achieve our goal. We’ve also set up a Go Fund Me page which we hope will inspire members of the public to donate whatever they can afford. Every penny will help make this project a reality.”

The Special Care Baby Unit at Rotherham Hospital cares for premature babies or those with additional needs when they are born. 

The Northern team will be working in collaboration with the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity and Trust  colleagues at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust to help renovate the ward to provide facilities above and beyond what the NHS is able to provide. 

These plans involve creating a dedicated area for new mothers to breastfeed their baby. This includes transforming a large storage room into a calming, comforting and homely breastfeeding room. This will provide a private and comfortable home-from-home for parents to bond with their new-borns. 

The ward layout currently provides limited access to the fridges which contain milk expressed by mothers for their children. The fridges are located in a locked room which contains all the medicines and resources needed for the busy ward. The new breastfeeding room will provide more independence for women and autonomy over their milk supplies, whilst still remaining secure. 

In addition to a breastfeeding room, more adequate storage is top of the ‘wish list’ for colleagues on the Special Care Baby Unit. The ward will be extended to build a new store room, which will be particularly important when the existing space is transformed into a breastfeeding room. 

Barry Mellor, Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, said: “Discussions about our partnership with Fortem have been ongoing for a few months now so we’re excited to finally see the Management Traineeship’s Northern team begin working with us.  

“Revamping the unit to such an extent is something above and beyond what the NHS could possibly afford to do, so we’re incredibly grateful for the opportunity to work with Fortem. We hope the project will be just as rewarding for them too.”

To help boost the Fortem Northern team’s fundraising, please visit https://uk.gofundme.com/rotherham-special-care-baby-unit to donate. If you can support Fortem’s project in other ways, by donating your time, skills, materials or equipment please get in touch with the team via traineechallengenorth@fortem.co.uk