A village pantomime put on by the local community in Kingswood, Gloucestershire last October has raised a whopping £15,000 for us.

Friends and family of Sharon Simpson decided to perform the pantomime to raise funds for us as a thank you for the treatment the local mum and her daughter received in our intensive care and maternity units.

Sharon Simpson was pregnant with her much longed-for second child when she was taken ill. She was admitted here to Southmead Hospital where it was discovered she had cancer. Sharon was in and out of hospital throughout the pregnancy and when she was 33 weeks pregnant she was taken into our Intensive Care Unit where it was decided an emergency C-section should be performed.

Baby Merryn Grace made her way into the world and Sharon was put into a coma which lasted 9 days.

“All of the Southmead teams were incredible in their care of Sharon and the baby.” Explains friend and panto organiser, Gillian Piper.

“We all wanted to thank the Hospital and Sharon’s brother Wayne Fifield came up with the idea of a pantomime to raise money for Southmead Hospital Charity – specifically haematology, the medical day care, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, and maternity units.”

Our community appeals manager, Adrian Brown, met the pantomime team last week to accept the funds raised. “We’re so grateful to the people of Kingswood village for coming together and putting on the show to raise so much money for us. It’s a great example of what can happen when local people pull together, and I know all the units here at the hospital which will benefit from the money raised will be very grateful.”