Local Hospitals Celebrate the 140th anniversary of The Royal College of Midwives

Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) celebrated the 140th anniversary of The Royal College of Midwives (RCM) by holding a raffled to raise money for the Cavell Trust, a charity which helps midwives, nurses and healthcare assistants both working and retired who may be experiencing personal or financial hardship 

The RCM is the professional organisation and trade union dedicated to supporting midwifery, and they asked each branch of the Union to raise £140 for the charity in order to mark their 140th anniversary.

The Midwives of Doncaster and Bassetlaw, who are the DBTH’s branch of the RCM, decided to commemorate the special occasion by hosting a raffle on Thursday 2 December, with prizes including a hamper from Morrison’s, a Christmas bundle from Emily Gale, £50 of vouchers from Melissa’s Massage, Beauty, and Nails, as well as other great prizes. They managed to surpass the £140 target, and raised a fantastic £164 for the Cavell Trust.

Hannah Beardmore

Alongside celebrating the 140th anniversary of the RCM, the Midwives of Doncaster and Bassetlaw also ensured that each support worker got a small gift during midwifery support week.

Hannah Beardmore, a midwife at the DRI and Chair of The Midwives of Doncaster and Bassetlaw branch, said: “We are really proud to be part of the RCM and be the voice of the midwives and support workers in Doncaster and Bassetlaw when any changes are being discussed. We aim to ensure that voices are heard and supported, and any changes made are for the benefit of the members of the RCM and the service users. We just need more staff and member involvement.”

If any midwife is interested in joining The Midwives of Doncaster and Bassetlaw, there are openings as a maternity support worker representative, a learning representative, and also workplace representatives at Bassetlaw Hospital. The annual general meeting of the RCM will take place in January, date pending, for new branch officers to be appointed.

In addition to this, the branch is looking to increase involvement from staff members in Bassetlaw, so if you are interested in applying for any of the available roles, or in joining the branch, please contact Hannah on h.beardmore@nhs.net.