FUNDRAISING for a maternity hospital has doubled in just 12 months.

Support for Airedale Hospital’s maternity appeal was launched by Calendar Girl Tricia Stewart on Mother’s Day 2013, aimed to raise £6,000 but thanks to the generosity of local people it has reached over £12,000.

Tricia said: “It’s great to see such support for the maternity appeal, having had both my children at Airedale, over 30 years ago. I have thoroughly enjoyed supporting the appeal over the past 12 months and wish the best of luck to the maternity unit for the future.”

The latest donation to the maternity unit comes from the newly-formed Bingley Women’s Institute, whose members have knitted and crocheted dozens of woollen squares and sewn them together to create baby blankets for the appeal.

Claire Mathews, head of midwifery, at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust, said: “The money raised has helped us to furnish our bereavement suite and family room to make them more comfortable and homely for families using them.”