Musgrove Park Midwives and Somerset parents-to-be are celebrating following the news that the refurbished Bracken Birth Centre has officially opened after many months of fund raising and planning. The centre has undergone a £300,000 upgrade that gives patients -to-be in Taunton and Somerset access to modern, state-of-the-art birthing facilities as well as a second birthing pool.

And it is all thanks to a unique Toad Trail fundraising campaign run by the League of Friends Musgrove Park Hospital last summer that captured the imagination of people in Taunton and the surrounding area.  The Trail raised £50,000 with a further £250,000 coming from legacies and donations left to the League of Friends for the benefit of patients.

Philippa Quinn, lead midwife for Bracken Birth Centre, said  “Bracken is a very popular birthing centre and we bring over 500 babies from across Somerset into the world every year.

We want to extend a huge thank you to our League of Friends for the amazing Toad Trail fund raising campaign, which proved a real hit last summer. Without the League’s support we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this upgrade so soon.  The League of Friends has turned a dream into reality”.

Peter Renshaw, Chairman of the League of Friends Musgrove Park Hospital, is delighted that the newly refurbished birthing centre has reopened and thanks everyone who has donated money to the League’s 60th Anniversary Appeal and those who have left legacies in the past.

Thank you to you all. To watch Philippa Quinn giving a short tour of this amazing new Bracken Birth Centre follow the link