The Fairfield Suite at Barrow Masonic Hall was the venue for the latest of the regular fund raising social evenings organised by the members of Hartington Lodge No 1021.
When the members were deciding what good cause should benefit from the proceeds, one of the members of the lodge highlighted the work of the special baby care unit at Furness General Hospital which had provided exemplary care for a family member Phoebe Mathers. Baby Phoebe had spent several weeks in the unit and her parents, Laura and Neil, were grateful for the tremendous nursing she had received during her stay.
After speaking with nurses from the unit, the lodge members decided to fund the purchase of a neopuff, which is a special piece of equipment to assist babies with their breathing. It is not as sophisticated as a ventilator but is a very useful bit of kit and can be kept by the cot side of the patient.
A visit to the unit was arranged so that a cheque for £420 could be presented to Matron Heather Wood by lodge members Ian Bethell, WM of the lodge and Dr Alan Taylor.