International Day of the Midwife: University of Central Lancashire!

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Call the Midwife Preston style! Mercedes looks good!

The University of Central Lancashire‘s midwifery department really pushed the boat out the raise funds today for the International Day of the Midwife. The chosen charity is the African Midwives Fund 

Midwifery lecturer, Mercedes Perez-Botella looked every bit the part as she rode around the town rallying potential customers on a very old bike, in true Call the Midwife style!

It was a bit of a rush for me this morning to get to Preston, but after collecting Olivia’s home baked ginger biscuits and picking up Anita on route….we arrived heavily laden with cakes and books all ready to go! My daughter Anna is a midwifery lecturer at UCLan and with her colleagues and some student midwives has been planning and working hard to prepare the wares to sell for this important event. Anna’s dear friend, the lovely Carys who works as a midwife at Wythenshawe had made chutney, marmalade and jam, all labelled ‘made by midwives’. Her mum had knitted some toys, made hearts and other things to sell. A midwife from Preston made some very special handmade cards (I bought six!). I sold signed copies of my book Catching Babies, and the profit went to the charity. We also sold wonderfully crafted recipe books, created by an amazing Scottish midwife, Linda McDonald. I met Linda in Troon, where she explained the MUM’s project to me. Basically, Linda has developed three recipe books and the income generated from the sales goes to help develop maternity services in Malawi. Sarah Brown and Davina McCall have written forwards for the books, they are so impressed with Linda’s work.

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Toys by Carys’ Mum, Catching Babies and MUM’s recipe books for sale.

So we had lots to sell, and everyone worked hard to encourage cake buying! £600 was raised on the stall alone in four hours, and there was lots of discussion from the ‘customers’ about birth and health….thus raising the profile of the role of the midwife. A sponsored walk when the stall was emptied has raised more much needed money, and donations are still being taken! Congratulations to everyone for such a massive effort. Your time and energy will be someone’s improved maternity care. You couldn’t ask for more.

Made by Midwives!

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2 comments on “International Day of the Midwife: University of Central Lancashire!

  1. Well done all! Looks like you had a great day.
    I worked with Linda in Simpsons in Edinburgh,
    she’s an inspiration for sure.
    By the way my daughter gave me your book for
    Christmas and I did enjoy it. Read it on the beach in Grenada!
    As well as your tweets I can now enjoy your blog – though I had to sign up and low and behold seem to have a blog! Woops – maybe one day I’ll write in it but for now I’m enjoying Tumblogging.

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