Project information

The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal

The Cornwall Birth and Baby Appeal will provide additional equipment and enhance the environments in the maternity and neonatal units at Royal Cornwall Hospital to give parents and babies in Cornwall the very best start on their incredible journey.

March 2017 - March 2019

Charity information: Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity

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  • Need


    The project will provide additional equipment and refurbishments to the maternity and neonatal departments. Funding from the NHS trust will develop a new Neonatal unit but funding is not available for additional equipment that would make a real difference to the care of the babies and the comfort of their families. A midwife led birth unit is being developed but the appeal will fund additional equipment such as active birth aids and fund the refurbishment of the existing delivery suite.


    Funds raised will be used to purchase the additional equipment needed and allow for the refurbishment of the existing delivery suite to bring it in line with the new birth unit.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To raise the funds needed for the additional equipment and refurbishments


    » Encouraging Community Fundraising
    » Working with Corporate Partners to gain their support
    » London to Paris Cycle Challenge
    » Play Date and Nominate Fundraising Campaign

    What success will look like

    The total raised will be an indicator of the success.

  • Impact


    The improvement in facilities and additional equipment will be evident which will add to the depth of care given to the babies and their families within our care.


    The main development is funded by the Trust investment - the appeal is for additional items and therefore not deemed to be essential for the running of the units - however the teams know that the equipment and updates will have a profound impact on the care they provide.


    With communications, local news releases and social media posts.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £22,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £5,270 Active Birth Rocking Chairs Support women to change position in labour
      £1,233 Active Birth Bean Bags Support women to change position during labour
      £1,420 Active Birth Mats To encourage women to stay mobile during labour
      £432 CUB Supports Aids changing positions during labour
      £65 Birthing Balls Supports a normal active labour
      £480 Baby Changing Tables Provision for babies in the new birth unit
      £840 Cots Provision for babies in the new birth unit
      £12,260 Infant Resuscitator To allow infant resuscitators to be positioned at each cot side in the Neonatal Unit
  • Background


    The project is based at Royal Cornwall Hospital in Truro, Cornwall. The existing maternity wing constructed in the 1960s supported around 2500 births per year, now this has risen to over 4,000 with 10 - 12% of babies born needing care in the Neonatal Unit.


    Royal Cornwall Hospital is home to the only Neonatal Unit in the county and will be the main centre for births across the whole county. This project will be of benefit to a large number of babies and their families, not just this year but in the many years to follow.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity is running the appeal. The charity is based at the hospital and has an overview of the 100+ funds that are in existence to support the hospital and it's staff.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Karen Murrish

    Fundraising Manager for the Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity

    Jim Mckenna

    Chair of the Trust Board and of the Appeal Fundraising Committee

    Sarah Roby

    Head of Estates at Royal Cornwall Hospital Trust

    Jan Walters

    Head of Midwifery

Members of the Midwifery team explain the importance of the appeal

For babies, having their families so closely involved can help lower stress levels, promote better health, shorten hospital stays and reduce hospital readmissions.

Rachel Bailey, Neonatal Sister