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Barnsley woman takes on Zip Wire to help tiny hearts

A young woman from Barnsley took part in the Velocity Zip Wire, in Wales this weekend raising money for Barnsley Hospital’s Tiny Hearts Appeal.

Sarah Williams, 38, from Silkstone in Barnsley took part in the Zip Wire challenge, with her husband and three friends on 29 August. The Velocity Zip Wire is described as the longest zip line in Europe. The Zip wire is also the fastest in the world and can reach speeds in excess of 100mph.

The Tiny Hearts Appeal is a campaign which aims to raise £1 million to support the development of a brand new, state of the art Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) which will be situated alongside the Barnsley Birthing Centre, which means babies will not have to be exposed to different environments and different temperature changes, nor will they have to be taken into an elevator.

The new unit will enable the care team to adapt to each individual baby and their complex needs much more fluidly than before.

Sarah, who has worked for Barnsley Hospital since qualifying as a midwife in 1999, and now works as a community midwife chose to fundraise for the appeal after experiencing first-hand the care and treatment from the Special Care Baby Unit.

Sarah says:

“My twins Isobel and Luke were born at 29 weeks in Dewsbury hospital because there was no room at Barnsley, however they were moved back at 6 days old and stayed on Barnsley’s SCBU for a further four weeks.

“It made such a difference to be near to home, they had excellent care and the staff were amazing. I know what a difference it has made to the staff in the maternity unit having the new Birthing Centre and I am sure the staff, as well as the babies and parents they care for would benefit so much from having a new unit.”

The new unit will be built around the needs of the babies and their families. State-of-the-art equipment will be provided to enable the team to continue their fantastic care and enhance their capabilities.

Steve Wragg, Chairman of Barnsley Hospital Charity says:

“Premature babies are underdeveloped and have to be given extra help for their tiny bodies to cope with the outside world, they can spend up to 13-14 weeks on the unit which is why this appeal is so special.

The money raised will go towards the new building and fundraising events like this are fantastic. I hope they have a fabulous time.”

If you’d like to support Sarah and make a donation, you can visit her JustGiving page at

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