Ysbyty Gwynedd baby scanner appeal is a big success


Geraint Jones

CAMPAIGNERS have exceeded their fundraising target for a new baby scanner at Ysbyty Gwynedd.

Llinos Eames Jones, chairwoman of Gwynedd SANDS (Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Charity), was delighted after raising more than £50,000.

She said: “It’s very satisfying. I feel that something positive has come out of a negative for us.

“We don’t to be negative at SANDS - we want to help to help bring these babies into the world healthy.”

The scanner will replace one for which Llinos and her family raised money in memory of her daughter Mari Lois, who was stillborn 14 years ago.

Funds left over after the baby scanner is purchased will be used for other equipment.

Menter Mechell inspired the appeal with a £5,000 donation and a series of donations and fundraising events over the last three years have helped Gwynedd SANDS achieve their goal.

Llinos said the old scanner will go to a hospital in Lesotho. Reverend Wynne Roberts, also of NHS Wales for Africa and chaplain of Ysbyty Gwynedd, will lead a team that will train the staff in how to use the scanner.

Llinos added: “I’m so happy that it’s still making a difference.”

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