Work starts to sound-proof maternity rooms

Spencer Davis, right, founder of the Little Ted's Room Appeal for the Baby Beat charity, with Anthony Smith, managing director of Preston-based Lantei Compliance Services, which is organising a fund-raising night for the campaign

Spencer Davis, right, founder of the Little Ted's Room Appeal for the Baby Beat charity, with Anthony Smith, managing director of Preston-based Lantei Compliance Services, which is organising a fund-raising night for the campaign

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Work is underway to sound-proof delivery rooms at Preston’s maternity unit, on the back of a grieving couple’s inspirational campaign.

The Little Ted’s Room Appeal, run by the Baby Beat charity with support from the Lancashire Evening Post, was launched by Euxton parents Spencer Davis and Rachael Marsden, who suffered a stillbirth earlier this year.

They set out to raise £25,000 to fund the sound-proofing of two rooms at the Sharoe Green Maternity Unit at the Royal Preston Hospital, after they found the heartbreaking experience all the more traumatic as they could hear the cries of newborn babies in neighbouring rooms.

The campaign has since expanded and efforts are now focused on raising a further £75,000 to sound-proof all 12 delivery rooms.

Work has now begun on the first two, which is due to be completed next month.

And a Charity Christmas Night is now being planned at the Beluga Bar in Preston to push the fund-raising forward.

The event, set for November 25 and organised by Preston-based company, Lantei Compliance Services, will include rock and roll bingo, a silent auction, food and drinks.

Lantei’s managing director, Anthony Smith, said: “The Little Ted’s Room Appeal was voted for by staff as being our chosen charity to support over the next 12 months.”

Baby Beat manager Karen Entwistle added: “We are enormously grateful to staff at Lantei who are working tirelessly to pull this event together.

“It looks set to be a fantastic evening and will hopefully raise much-needed funds to go towards our Little Ted’s Room Appeal.”

Tickets are £10 from 01772 250179.