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West Cumbrian volunteer awarded for maternity support

Photo: NHS Cumbria

A west Cumbrian woman has been honoured for her 14 years of voluntary work to support maternity services in remote areas and improve midwifery-led services.

Sandra Guise from Ennerdale, has been named one of the National Childbirth Trust’s stars of 2016.

She was one of five nation winners of the Volunteer Diamond Jubilee Awards, for volunteers that given exceptional time and effort to their role.

Mrs Guise provides support to women and new parents, and works with commissioners of maternity services to improve the experience of women through pregnancy, birth and postnatal care.

She has been part of the West Cumbria Maternity Services Liaison Committee for ten years and has been volunteering in local health services since 2002.

“I'm honoured to receive this award, and proud to be involved in promoting the valuable work of the NCT in improving the experience and support network for new parents in pregnancy and during the first 1,000 Days - from the start of pregnancy until their child's second birthday."

"I am particularly pleased that receiving this award shines a light on the work of MSLC's, I am one of many MSLC Chairs, Service User Reps and Service User members committed to working in a co-design way with health professionals, NHS providers and commissioners to improve local maternity care and experience. West Cumbria MSLC has a number of dedicated Service User Reps that give their time to be involved and engage others in sharing their views, and tribute also goes to their enthusiastic contributions, without which progress would not be made.”

– Sandra Guise, Volunteer Diamond Jubilee Award winner

The West Cumbria NCT branch would like to thank Sandra for her commitment in her role and representing the branch at the MSLC meetings.This is a voluntary role and has taken many hours of weekly work over several years. WithoutSandra's dedication, the women of west Cumbria would not have their views expressed and concerns raised.”

– Anne-Marie West, Cumbria NCT Branch Co-ordinator