Blackpool Builders’ Festive Boost for Local Babies


Each year, the colleagues at Blackpool-based construction company F. Parkinson Ltd choose a local good cause to fundraise for throughout the festive period.

This Christmas, the tight-knit team knew that local maternity charity Baby Beat was the one for 2021, and through the kindness of staff and customers, they succeeded in raising over £1,000 to help support the babies, mums, and mums-to-be cared for across the maternity, neonatal, and gynaecology units at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.

Business Development Manager Kelly Dew explained; “Baby Beat is a charity very close to our hearts, after the loss of a very dear colleague last year.

With the help of our employees at Parkinson’s, we raised £1,040 towards this fantastic charity in memory of our friend, and we are currently in discussions with Baby Beat to look at working together in 2022 to help raise further funds to support the cause.”

The money raised by Baby Beat funds the purchase of specialist equipment, patient services and comforts, local research, and training, so that the Trust’s clinical teams can offer the best possible outcomes for babies and mums in the Central Lancashire and Chorley area, and help support premature and poorly babies from across the region in the specialist neonatal unit at Royal Preston Hospital.

Baby Beat Community and Events Fundraiser Sue Swire said; “The Baby Beat team were delighted to be the chosen charity of F. Parkinson last Christmas, and overjoyed when we were presented with a cheque for such a wonderful amount. Although the F. Parkinson team chose to fundraise for us following very tragic circumstances – in memory of a colleague and her baby boy who were cared for on our maternity unit, but sadly passed away – these funds will go to excellent use. They will make a huge difference to the care our clinical colleagues can provide for the mums and babies that are looked after in our hospitals.

“Corporate fundraising like this, undertaken by local businesses of all industries and sizes, is a vital source of income for Baby Beat, and we can’t thank F. Parkinson enough.”

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