Robin Cousins gives baby picture to Southmead Hospital maternity appeal

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Ice Skating Olympic Gold medallist Robin Cousins is showing his support for the hospital where he was born by donating a photo of himself as a baby.

Robin, who was born at Southmead Hospital and recently appeared in the musical ‘Grease’ when it visited Bristol, has sent in the photograph as part of the ‘Thousand Smiles’ mosaic project at the Hospital's Maternity Unit.

Robin’s photograph is one of hundreds which have been sent into the hospital to be included in the mosaic picture.

The initiative has been created by the Hospital’s Shine Together charity which is also raising funds for the maternity department.

Robin said: “I'm delighted to be involved in the Thousand Smiles mosaic and proud to be part of this celebration of babies born at Southmead. I would urge all other Southmead babies to join me and be part of very something special for Bristol."

The mosaic will feature photographs of hundreds of babies born in the Southmead Maternity Unit over the past five decades.

Head of Fundraising at the Hospital Trevor Reid said, “We are so delighted with the support the Thousand Smiles project is getting. We are asking anyone who was born at the hospital or has had a baby in the maternity unit to send in their baby pictures for the mosaic.”

The mosaic is also being supported by Writer and Comedian Stephen Merchant who has donated his baby photo.

Photos already donated to the Thousand Smiles mosaic range from babies who are just a few days old, through to pictures from the 1940s.

Everyone who submits a picture will receive a memento print of the mosaic. People are also encouraged to make a donation to the maternity unit to help raise funds to create a new family room for babies, Mums and Dads.

To send in a photo online visit the Mum's the Word website