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Exeter Quilters raise £1,400 to support Perinatal services

Posted by Devon Partnership Trust in Charity, News on 17th January, 2020

Our charity’s Little Something Fund, which supports our Perinatal services was nominated by the Exeter Quilters as one of four charities to benefit from their incredible fundraising efforts during last year.

The money was raised selling raffle tickets to win an amazing double quilt made by the members and the profits from a three day quilt show organised by the group during August in Exeter.

There fundraising totaled an incredible £5,200, which was presented to the following charities, as voted for by the group at their Christmas event:

  • £1,700 for Veterans with Dogs
  • £1,400 for Little Something Fund
  • £1,200 for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust
  • £900 for Age UK Exeter

Barbara Janssen a member of the Exeter Quilters put forward the Little Something Fund because she has long been aware of the issues surrounding mental health provisions. She was excited and impressed by the fact that Exeter had been chosen as one of the four newly funded units in the UK to provide support for new mothers, which meant they wouldn’t be separated from their new born babies.

Barbara said: “I think the reason that the charity struck a chord with our members is that the majority of them have had children themselves and know many who have suffered from post-natal mental health issues, even if they have not experienced it for themselves."

Jo Friend, Senior Peer Support Worker, was presented with the cheque at the evening, she said: “We can’t thank this incredible group enough for choosing our organisation. It’s their dedication that enable us to provide care above and beyond what the NHS is able to fund. With their money we could provide activities away from the ward so mums return home feeling more equipped and empowered to access the outside world with their babies."

If you or your community group would like to raise money for our charity then please email Daniel Robson, Head of Charity Fundraising at daniel.robson3@nhs.net.

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