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Rotary club of Scunthorpe raises money for local hospital

The Maternity Bereavement Suite appeal has received a £1,522 boost thanks to members of Scunthorpe Rotary club. 

The Rotarians raised the money for the appeal after pitching a stall at the Tesco Extra in town.

The Health Tree Foundation (HTF), the official charity of Scunthorpe hospital, aims to raise £150,000 to provide a maternity bereavement suite on the central delivery ward.

The Rotarians, along with members of the midwifery team and the HTF community champion Hayley Thompson, spent the day chatting with shoppers and rattling their charity boxes.

Antoune Holmes, Rotary assistant district governor and member of the Scunthorpe branch, said: “We were bowled over by the generosity of Tesco. They not only allowed us into their store to fundraise, but they also donated £700 which was incredible.”

The appeal will see the creation of a quiet haven for mothers and their families who tragically lose their baby through stillborn or miscarriage. The funds raised will transform two existing rooms into a double bedroom, a family room, a separate toilet room and a shower room, so the family can stay together following their bereavement.

Tesco Extra senior manager Craig Nicholls said: "We were all delighted to be able to donate £700 for such a worthy cause as the Maternity Bereavement Suite appeal.”

HTF charity mascot Scrubs the Bear also visited the store to help raise awareness of the appeal.

Central delivery suite manager Jane Stoney, who helped man the stall on the day, added: “We were all overwhelmed by the generosity of the local community and would like to thank everyone who made a donation.”

For more information regarding the appeal, or how you can help make a difference, please contact HTF community champion Hayley Thompson on 03033 305672 or

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