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Women to Wiggle for Mothers Most in Need

Wiggle for Women

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 Hospital, Manchester.

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'sSMH Charity 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, says:

"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 Charity adds:

"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 aimee.lawless@cmft.nhs.uk 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