Window to the Womb, specialists in private prenatal baby scanning, is proud to announce that it has raised £2,000 for Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Tiny Babies Appeal. The appeal raises money to fund state-of-the-art equipment for the neonatal units at City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham. In recent years, donations have helped to buy infant resuscitation and warming units, as well as examination lights used during medical procedures for premature and sick newborn babies.
Around one in ten of the 10,000 babies born across the East Midlands each year are cared for by the two neonatal units, including babies born at other hospitals who are transferred across, if they are in need of special medical or surgical care.
The money has been raised through the sale of pre-loved baby clothes, toys, maternity wear, books and baby equipment at ‘Layla’s pre-loved pop-up shop’. The shop, which is based inside Window to the Womb’s scan studio on Derby Road, Bramcote, Nottingham, opened in February this year. Most of the items have been generously donated by customers who have visited the scan studio, though Window to the Womb Director, Glenda Bowbanks, has also been known to trawl car boot sales at the break of dawn, buying up baby items, taking them home to wash and dry clean before bagging them up for sale.
There have also been donations from local businesses, including the local Tesco who this week donated some cot bedding that is currently on sale at the shop.
Glenda Bowbanks, Director, Window to the Womb commented; “We are absolutely delighted to have raised £2,000 for such a fantastic charity in such a short space of time. We’re really proud of our pop-up shop and it’s proving to be increasingly popular with our customers, many of who are finding out for the first time if their new baby is going to be a boy or a girl and are excited to make the first gender specific purchase. We’re also really happy that Nottingham Building Society has agreed to support us with the donations, by holding collection tins in the local Bramcote branch.”
Nick Lawford, from Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said “We are so grateful to all of the staff and customers of Window to the Womb, for all of the amazing fundraising that they have done this year, raising money to support our Tiny Babies Appeal. The money raised through ‘Layla’s pre-loved pop-up shop’ will help to provide state-of-the-art equipment, to fund research to improve care for tiny patients, and to give support to parents and families who have premature and sick new-born babies being cared for at the Neonatal unit. Thank you to everyone who continues to donate babywear and toys – Layla’s is a really special place and long may it continue!”
The shop is open to the general public between 10am and 4pm, weekends and some evenings.
Donations of baby clothes and bric-a-brac, new and nearly new are always welcome and the local team are happy to collect items from around Nottinghamshire by appointment.