TV star Amanda Holden visited two west London hospitals to support a campaign to provide motorbikes for midwives in developing countries.
The Britain’s Got Talent judge travelled by motorcycle with blood bike volunteers to the maternity ward at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in Shepherd's Bush and another unit at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington yesterday (Dec 5).
Amanda carefully delivered a special cargo - a 40 metre scroll of more than 10,000 signatures - to get more support for Motorcycle Outreach.
The British charity provides properly managed and maintained motorbikes to health workers and midwives in developing countries to help them reach patients living in remote villages where road access is poor.
Every day 800 women die in child-birth related complications around the world, which could be avoided by access to proper health care.
Seventy volunteer students and practising midwives from the UK and the Nationwide Association of Blood Bikes have supported the campaign.
The scroll is taking a global journey to visit places involved with midwifery to collect signatures and donations and hopes to win a new Guiness World Record of ‘most signatures on a scroll’.
Amanda, a mother of two, said: ““I had a haemorrhage in childbirth and owe my life to the wonderful staff at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital and to the blood bikes.
“When I heard about the Precious Cargo project, I thought it was a fantastic idea to use motorbikes to get midwives to pregnant women in remote areas and I was very keen to support it.”
Professor Jacqueline Dunkley-Bent, divisional director of midwifery and nursing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, which manages the two hospitals, said: “It is with great pleasure and pride that we have the privilege of hosting the final leg of the scroll’s journey. The signatory and monetary contribution from so many people in the UK marks a significant moment in history for improving maternity care provision.”
The scroll has covered 2,200 miles around the UK and raised £15,000 for the charity.
The Precious Cargo project has been supported by the Royal College of Midwives, the UK Association of Milk Banking, Association of Radical Midwives and White Ribbon Alliance.
For more information and to donate, visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/PreciousCargo .