BRIDGWATER NEWS: Breastfeeding award nomination for Trinity Sports and Leisure

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Breastfeeding award nomination for Trinity Sports and Leisure

TRINITY Sports and Leisure in Bridgwater has been nominated for a public health award for its welcoming and positive attitude towards families who wish to breastfeed their babies while using the facilities at the site.

The public health department of Somerset County Council is running a public awareness campaign to promote breastfeeding in the county and Trinity Sports and Leisure is being nominated for the Somerset Positive About Breastfeeding Award following positive feedback from customers about its helpful approach to the issue.

The award is given to venues that have made a significant commitment to uphold the rights of mothers by supporting their choice to feed their baby how and wherever they choose.

Chris Skidmore, assistant general manager for Trinity Sports and Leisure, which is by the 1610 leisure organisation, said the centre was delighted to receive the award.

“We are very proud to receive this nomination as we do our utmost to make it a welcoming place for families,” said Chris. “Breastfeeding can be a sensitive issue and it is important that Mums and families feel happy about feeding their babies in a relaxed, family friendly atmosphere.”

Bridgwater mum Kirsty Darlington, who takes baby son Harry to the Trinity café, added: “I feel comfortable and confident breastfeeding in the café - I really like how it is laid out with the soft seating and TVs.

“It puts a lot of mums, especially new mums at ease as there are a number of mums feeding in the café after their baby’s swimming lessons. Also it is a great place to make new friends and socialise.”

The council’s public health spokesman, Cllr Christine Lawrence, said: “I am delighted that Trinity Sports and Leisure in Bridgwater have been nominated for the ‘Positive About Breastfeeding’ Award.

“The award tells all families with young infants that there is a warm welcome waiting for them.  It is important that we do everything possible to assist women to breastfeed in public areas. I would encourage other organisations and public places to join up to the scheme.”

PHOTO – TOP: Kirsty Darlington and hers sons, Logan, ten, and baby Harry. Kirsty was full of praise for the relaxing and welcoming facilities at the Trinity Sports and Leisure centre for breastfeeding mothers.