Local Co-op stores kick start MAST campaign

Bournemouth Hospital Charity and Southern Co-operative are teaming up to help provide life-saving new equipment for children at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Through a donation of £1,000 from the retail store’s 5p plastic bag levy, the Southern Co-operatives in Castle Lane and Ferndown are the first groups to donate towards a new specialist trolley and videolaryngoscope that will be used by Emergency Department staff to treat paediatric patients with life-threatening breathing difficulties.

The Making Airways Safe Trolley – or ‘MAST’ for short – features a variety of medical devices and scopes that could be used to provide aid to paediatric patients of all ages, from babies to teens.

Currently, children with life-threatening upper airway obstruction would face a potentially dangerous ambulance transfer to Poole Hospital for treatment as the Royal Bournemouth Hospital does not have this specialised equipment.

Castle Lane Co-operative’s Marion Jarman says the store is delighted to support the fundraising for the MAST.

“The MAST for children is a such a worthy piece of equipment to support and Southern Co-op are delighted to kick-start the fundraising for Bournemouth Hospital Charity with £1,000 donation from our carrier bag fund,” says Marion.

“One of our colleagues has recently been treated at the hospital and it is nice to give back. The Royal Bournemouth Hospital is a corner point of the community and fits with Southern Co-op’s aim to support local causes.”

Bournemouth Hospital Charity is calling on local businesses to join in and help support the MAST project, which has a target of £28,900.

Any organisations who would like to get involved with the project can contact Corporate Fundraiser Andrea Piedot on 01202 705398 or email andrea.piedot@rbch.nhs.uk.

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