On Saturday, 3 September, a team of midwives from the Maternity Unit at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust will be setting off on a 600 mile charity cycle that will take them from Truro, Cornwall to Newcastle. They are taking on the ‘Pass the Pinard’ challenge to raise money to buy additional training equipment that will help to save the lives of babies.
The gruelling ride has been divided into seven sections, with each one taking two days to complete, will be carried out in relay style and completed on Thursday, 15 September.
50 midwives will take it in turn to ride each leg of the journey which will start and finish in the grounds of other hospitals supporting their effort, with midwives from these hospitals joining them along the way to cycle their local leg. At the end of each leg the Pinard will be passed, just like a baton, on to the next team.
A Pinard is a traditional midwifery tool used to listen to the heart rate of a baby during pregnancy. The wide end of the instrument is held against a woman’s abdomen while the midwife listens through the other end. The Pinard was invented in 1895 by Adolphe Pinard, and is still a useful piece of equipment.
Sara Phillips said: “We are an incredibly busy unit and work hard to deliver an excellent service to our families. We have over 200 midwives who provide care both in the hospital and in the local community and we believe that training plays an important part in helping us to do this.
“Our aim is to raise £20,000 to buy six baby mannequins to help train staff on the techniques of resuscitation, two birthing mannequins to practice maternity specific skills, plus additional training aids for maternal and neonatal care.
“We would like to thank everyone who has supported us in the preparation and execution of this monumental ride, your help has been invaluable.”
The team have set up a JustGiving page and you can help raise money for this great cause by donating directly to their fundraising page
JustGiving sends your donation straight to Royal Berks and automatically reclaims Gift Aid if you are a UK taxpayer, so your donation is worth even more.
Thank you for your support.
Leg 1: start: Royal Cornwall Hospital, Truro - end: The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter (101 miles)
Leg 2: start: The Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital, Exeter - end: The North Bristol Hospital, Bristol (93 miles)
Leg 3: start: The North Bristol Hospital, Bristol - end: The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading (101 miles)
Leg 4: start: The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading - end: Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge (90 miles)
Leg 5: start: Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge - end: Nottingham University Hospital, Nottingham (100 miles)
Leg 6: start: Nottingham University Hospital, Nottingham - end: York Teaching Hospital, York (90 miles)
Leg 7: start: York Teaching Hospital, York - end: The Newcastle-upon-Tyne Hospital, Newcastle-upon-Tyne (95 miles)