Maternity ward raises funds for mothers in need

A group of female midwives standing around a cradle.
Rockingham General Hospital’s midwives donate the cheque and other items to Patty Powell from SOUL St. Pio’s House of Hope.
February 28, 2018

Rockingham General Hospital’s (RGH) maternity unit has raised more than $1700 for local charity SOUL Care, as well as donating a new cradle and soft toys.

RGH midwives, Fiona Watson and Louise Pattison, organised a ‘Bogan Bingo’ evening for midwives, staff, family and friends to enjoy, while raising funds for this worthwhile cause.

“It was an entertaining night with great dress ups, games and fiery competition – at the same time we were able to raise funds for SOUL Care’s St. Pio’s House of Hope”, Louise said.

Run by Patty Powell and her team, St. Pio’s House of Hope is a local Rockingham, non-government funded group which provides support and accommodation for pregnant women or mothers with infants needing assistance to get on their feet.

“Patty and her team support women from a domestic violence situation, with a drug history or who are disadvantaged in some way,” she said.

“It is great to have a relationship with St. Pio’s House because we are often already familiar with the needs of the mother before they come in and a midwife visits the new mums at the House after they have their baby.

“We share similar values in that we want the best for the mums and bubs in the community.”

RGH’s Executive Director Kath Smith commended her staff on their care and commitment to the community outside of the hospital.

“I am so proud to see our staff supporting worthwhile community organisations like St. Pio’s House of Hope. Their contribution will make a considerable difference to the lives of many local women in a vulnerable situation,” she said.  

RGH midwives are planning further fundraising activities for St. Pio’s House of Hope this year, including a cookbook and cake stall.