Midwives at Ormskirk hospital raised more than £6,000 with a hugely successful grand charity ball.

The event, at Up Holland’s Lancashire Manor Hotel, saw all proceeds going to Southport and Ormskirk Maternity Bereavement Fund.

Funds raised will help redecorate the bereavement suite at Ormskirk hospital and develop a memorial garden.

Midwife Stephanie Atherton said: “The evening was an amazing success. We had 125 guests who had a fantastic time and raised funds for a very important cause. We’d like to thank everyone who attended for their superb support.

“It is one of the most heartbreaking things for parents to lose a baby. We wanted to stage an event to help raise funds to improve our maternity bereavement suite for families who have suffered such a loss.”

Southport and Ormskirk NHS Hospital Trust interim chief executive Ann Marr opened the evening which featured a champagne reception, three course meal and amazing auction prizes.

The midwives have planned more fundraising events this spring and summer and are set to stage another maternity charity ball in September 2017.

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