A WOMAN wanted to show her thanks to Barnsley Hospital for the care she received after suffering a miscarriage. A nine-mile fundraising walk was arranged and £2,940 was raised!

More than 26 people took part in a sponsored nine-mile walk arranged by 27-year-old Rebecca Heeley, from Hemsworth.

Rebecca suffered her miscarriage in the second trimester of her pregnancy, and attended the hospital’s accident and emergency department before being admitted onto Ward 14 (Gynaecology).

She said: "The care I received was unbelievable. The staff put me at ease and comforted me during what was an extremely difficult time - I can’t thank them enough.

"I wanted to raise this money so I can help other families who also suffer bereavement in this way. It's a terrible experience but I hope the donation will go some way towards helping them through it."

The donation is the biggest received by the hospital's fundraising charity since it was started last year.

The money will be donated to Ward 14 and will be put in a fund used to purchase items including memory boxes and cuddle cots.

Fundraising manager Katie Cartwright said: "We're so grateful to Rebecca and her team for their donation and for all the effort they have put in.

"To do a nine-mile walk is hard enough but to raise our biggest ever donation alongside it is a truly exceptional achievement.

"We will certainly make sure the money is put to good use - many other families like Rebecca’s will benefit from this donation."