Local Makers Raise £3,456.40 for Bournemouth Hospital Charity

South Coast Makers Market, based in Bournemouth, raised £3,456.40 to help fund a paediatric resuscitation trolley for Bournemouth Hospital’s Emergency Department. 

Jo, Adam and Kat, owners of South Coast Makers Market, launched an eBay-style online auction in April as they were unable to run their market due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

They received over 145 different items from local businesses, makers and creatives to sell as part of their auction. Donations included bespoke jewellery, artwork, locally sourced coffee, handmade pottery and much more. 

They also hosted an online raffle with a £30 South Coast Makers Market voucher as first prize for the winner to spend at a future market. 

Jo from South Coast Makers Market said: ‘Thank you to all the local businesses, independent makers and to everyone who took part in helping to raise this incredible amount to fund a paediatric resuscitation trolley.

‘We are grateful for the NHS staff and everything they are doing during this time to keep us safe. It’s a privilege to be able to raise this money for our local hospital.’ 

Karen Smith, Fundraising Manager at Bournemouth Hospital, said: ‘It’s great to see businesses and independent creatives come together to support Bournemouth Hospital Charity. This is a generous donation and it will help fund an amazing piece of equipment for our Emergency Department.’

Cheryl Chainey, Paediatric Sister, said: ‘The donation will improve the care we can give to the children we treat by ensuring that child-friendly emergency equipment is accessible and stored in a safe, suitable and effective way. This trolley also comes decorated with child-appropriate pictures to help put children at ease.

‘The trolley also comes with a breakaway lock giving access to vital equipment during a rapid response – this can save time and give confidence to the team knowing that the right equipment is on-hand, checked and ready to use.’

South Coast Makers Market is Bournemouth’s independently run, monthly curated market held in the heart of the town. They celebrate local art, coffee, bakeries, crafts and a lot more.  Find them on social media and online at www.southcoastmakersmarket.co.uk


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