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en18Incubator.Jpg Safe travel...The people who took part in the 5km walk on Sunday to raise money for the new Gore Hos pital transport pod to carry babies needing fur ther medical help called in to the hospital to view the pod. PHOTO:SANDY EGGLESTON

Gore Hospital is about 6560 steps closer to paying for a new $20,000 transport pod to carry babies needing further medical help.

A 5km walk attended by about 500 people on Sunday raised $2,860 for the cause.

As a result the total raised has passed the halfway point, now $12,264.

The event was organised by Gore Health midwife Michelle Scott and lead maternity carer Leeanne Turnbull.

Mrs Turnbull said the midwives were delighted with the response.

“We’re just overwhelmed we got that many people.

“We had a fantastic response .. the community has really got behind us which has been quite humbling.”

Almost $10,000 had been donated for the pod.

“We’ve got a bank account opened just for people who couldn’t do the walk with us who wanted to make a donation.”

Businesses had been very supportive, giving food which was sold at the event.

The pod is needed because the previous incubator, which was 40 years old, has failed its electrical fitness test.

The fundraising campaign had been going for about a month.

Gore Health chief executive Karl Metzler said he was very impressed with the amount raised so far. He called it an “absolutely amazing effort”.

“[I] want to acknowledge their can-do attitude.

“[It] just shows how resourceful rural midwives can be,” Mr Metzler said.

As a community-owned, not-for-profit healthcare facility, sometimes Gore Health needed to find other ways to pay for medical items.

“We often partner with the community on one-off expensive capital items.”