Women to Wiggle for Mothers Most in Need
Women from across the North West are being invited to get their
wiggle on to fund a much need counselling service at Saint Mary's
Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is holding its third annual
Zumbathon, entitled Wiggle for Women, on Sunday 5th
October at the National Squash Centre, SportCity. Held between
12-3pm, the three-hour fitness party will be led by a team of Zumba
experts, taking participants through routines which combine
Latin-inspired music and contagiously enjoyable dance steps.
This year, Wiggle for Women is raising funds to provide a
much-needed counselling service for women who have experienced
major complications or trauma in pregnancy or child birth.
Women, who have suffered major complications of pregnancy,
including still birth, foetal abnormality or birth trauma, often
face overwhelming and significant emotional difficulties.
Saint Mary's Hospital Charity wants to support these women, many of
whom are in desperate need, by providing a dedicated counselling
service delivering support before, during and after pregnancy.
One former patient of Saint Mary's Hospital who fully supports
the fundraising initiative and recognises the need for a full-time
counsellor is Danielle Scapens. Danielle from New Mills, in the
High Peak, knew that, for her, falling pregnant could be difficult
due to circumstances arising from her Crohn's Disease.
Six months after lifesaving surgery, Danielle fell pregnant but
within weeks, the worst happened, Danielle tells her story:
"Three months later, another positive pregnancy test gave us
hope. We thought surely lightning wouldn't strike twice, but it
could. Saint Mary's were there again to pick up the pieces; I
thought my heart was going to break."
"Around a year later my husband and I decided to try again and
this time when we looked at the positive pregnancy test, we were
resigned to what seemed to be inevitable. When things started to go
wrong again, we thought we were going to be proved right. After
countless trips to the Emergency Gynaecology Unit and countless
early scans, Saint Mary's were there to support us and our
determined little daughter hung on. I then started to get very sick
and I was diagnosed with hyperemesis. As I was admitted in and
out of hospital, Saint Mary's were there.
After what seemed to be the longest, sickest, stressful and most
painful pregnancy ever, Eva May Scapens arrived on 15 January.
Saint Mary's were there. When I had some medical issues after
delivery, Saint Mary's were there. When I needed help during that
first long night at home, Saint Mary's were there. I am now
complete and Saint Mary's helped me get there."
Danielle continues: "Imagine what I went through, but a million
times worse: women who experience stillbirth, women whose baby end
up in NICU, women who become seriously ill during pregnancy and
delivery. They need specialist support. That's why I'm doing this,
to raise money for a specialist counselling service."
Clare Tower, Consultant Obstetrician at Saint Mary's Hospital,
"Although pregnancy and birth is now safer than ever,
unfortunately for a minority of women, pregnancy does not have the
expected outcome. These women greatly need trained counselling
support to come to terms with feelings of loss and trauma, without
which many never fully recover. We very much hope that we can raise
enough financial support help these women"
Hannah Thomas, Events and PR Manager for Saint Mary's Hospital
"This will be our 3rd annual Wiggle for Women and the
event keeps getting bigger and better each year! We hope as
many people as possible will join us on 5th October and
help us to make a difference to the lives of women who require the
counselling service at Saint Mary's Hospital. The event is
suitable for all abilities and it's not just for the ladies!
Men are welcome to come and get their wiggle on too."
Registration for Wiggle for Women is £15 per person and includes
a free, limited edition t-shirt. All participants will be provided
with a customisation sheet with ideas on how to personalise their
Wiggle for Women t-shirt.
Saint Mary's Hospital charity is raising money to ensure
continued excellence in treatment, care and research at the
hospital - improving the lives of thousands of patients each year
across the North West and beyond.
The support of the charity means that the hospital can provide
additional resources that make life easier for patients and their
families who use the hospital.
To register, or for further
information, please visit www.cmftcharity.org.uk or call the
Charity Team on 0161 276 4522.
For further information please
contact Aimee Lawless on firstname.lastname@example.org
or 07827 886 286
Notes to Editors
About Saint Mary's Hospital Charity:
- Saint Mary's Hospital Charity is part of the Central Manchester
University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity. Registered
charity number 1049274.
- The other hospitals which make up Central Manchester University
Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Charity are:
Manchester University Dental Hospital Charity
Manchester Royal Eye Hospital Charity
Manchester Royal Infirmary Charity
Royal Manchester Children's Hospital Charity
Trafford Hospitals Charity