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Staff make dramatic cut for breast cancer appeal

Two NNUH staff members have raised more than £2,750 for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity by shaving their hair off.

Senior Operating Department Practitioner Kate Didwell and Operating Department Practitioner Hannah Hembry-Pearson made the dramatic April Fool’s Day cut in support of the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

 Kate and Hannah work in the plastic reconstructive theatres where their work supports reconstructive procedures for patients following breast cancer. 

 Hannah said: “During the current wave of Covid-19 redeployment, our team has been dispersed. We want to do this to not only reunite our team but to do something for our patients and what we are passionate about doing.

 “We wanted to recognise our patients’ bravery and recovery by fundraising and doing something for the greater good – it is not only inspiring ourselves but also those we work with.

 The Boudicca Appeal has already raised more than £450,000 of an £800,000 to create a new, dedicated breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Funds already raised have been used to purchase equipment and the next phase will be to create a new waiting area and reception for patients.

 Kate and Hannah have already raised £2,780 and you can still make a donation at their JustGiving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-hannahplasticstheatres

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal, go to www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

 

 

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Special birthday year for Children’s Hospital

As the second oldest children’s hospital in the country Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital celebrates its 167th birthday on 3 April during what promises to be a special year for the hospital.

This year will see £6.5m invested in the first phase of a new three-theatre complex to meet the demand of treating the county’s youngest patients now and in the future.

Work on the new unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital has already started with the first phase seeing the creation of a twin paediatric theatre suite, a six-bay recovery unit and other associated works.

Designs for an improved Critical Care area within our Children’s Hospital are also being developed, with hopes to see work commence later this year.

The hospital cares for thousands of children each year, from the smallest babies in our NICU through to young people up to the age of 16, and older in some cases.

The charity is hugely grateful for the support of our fundraisers whose donations make a huge difference to the work we can do to enhance the support, care and treatment of our young patients and their families.

Just recently, the charity received almost £14,000 from Simon Kindleysides who raised money walking with his exoskeleton suit during the latest lockdown.

Despite being disabled, Simon walked 8,000 steps each day of February, through snow, rain, hail and sunshine and featured on national and international media.

NNUH Biomedical Support Worker and baker extraordinaire Reece Durrant has baked some fantastic cakes to celebrate Jenny Lind Day along with a video showing exactly how to recreate the celebration cakes.

And Serco Healthcare baked scones for some of our staff in the children’s hospital distributed by Senior Matron Emma Chapman (pictured below).

In today’s hospital, Buxton Ward treats over 3,500 young inpatients each year with a further 1,000 babies cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Staff on the Children’s Emergency Department care for in access of 24,000 children each year while around 48,000 children attend outpatient appointments.

Laura Schaffer, Divisional Operations Director for Women and Children, said: “This is a hugely exciting year for the Jenny Lind as we embark on our exciting expansion project. We hope you will all support us as we transform our environment for children and young people.

You can support the work of the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital by making a donation directly https://nnuh.enthuse.com/cf/jenny-lind-children-s-hospital

For more information about the work of the N&N Hospitals Charity, go to www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

Notes for editors: The Norwich infirmary for sick children admitted its first inpatients on 3 April 1854, two years after London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, and is the second oldest children’s hospital in the country.

The children’s hospital was created thanks to the generosity of Jenny Lind, dubbed the Swedish Nightingale, who was one of the best known and most popular entertainers in mid-19th century Europe.

In 1847 she gave her first concerts in Norwich and they proved so popular that a third concert was arranged with proceeds going to open an infirmary for sick children.

 

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Hospital Charity tribute to fundraiser Brian Garrad

One of the N&N Hospitals Charity’s oldest fundraisers, who raised almost £4,000 during the first national lockdown, has sadly died.

Army Veteran Brian Garrad, 97, had been due to take part in VE Day celebrations at Buckingham Palace last May before they were cancelled as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.

The three-day celebration should have seen a parade through the capital, a flyover, afternoon tea at the Palace, followed by dinner with the Queen and other members of the Royal Family.

However, instead, Mr Garrad took on his own challenge, walking around his garden in a bid to cover 10 miles in a month – 70 laps. Despite, having COPD, Mr Garrad celebrated VE Day doing more laps with his family and taking part in their own mini-parade.

The Hospital Charity Fundraising Team said: “We were deeply saddened to hear that Mr Garrad had passed away. He was a true inspiration to us all and we have such lovely memories of his fundraising efforts and his fantastic VE Day celebrations at home. The money he raised is making a huge difference to our hospital and our thoughts are with all his family and friends.”

Mr Garrad served with the 120th Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment during the Second World War, an air defence unit of the British Army’s Royal Artillery and spent the majority of that time in France, often driving ammunition to the frontline.

 Mr Garrad’s daughter, Ruth Dockerty, said: “He was an amazing dad, always looking for a new adventure. He had so many interests including London buses – he ended up owning one – steam trains, gardening , music and Norwich City Football Club. His happiest days were spent at the beach, particularly Walcott.

“He lived for his family and, even though he had many tragedies in his life, he always kept us positive and his faith in the church saw him through.”

 “We’d like to thank all the nurses and doctors on Dilham Ward who were fabulous to him and us, and David and Lorna from the palliative care team who kept his spirits going by trying to get him home.”

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N&N Hospitals Charity provides disposable prayer Muslim mats

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital Chapel has taken delivery of disposable prayer mats for use by Muslim staff.

Throughout the last year the chaplaincy has been researching ways to enable all faiths to worship safely in this difficult time at the hospital and have opened up the chapel as a shared prayer space to manage social distance and to give everyone a place to worship or undertake quiet time.

The hospital’s chaplains have been active on wards supporting both patients and staff, wearing the appropriate PPE to ensure that they stay safe. In addition the hospital community has been able to speak to a virtual chaplain face to face and also help connect patients to their faith representatives by phone or iPad.

Adrian Woodbridge, Lead Chaplain for the Trust, said: “We wanted to enable our Muslim colleagues to continue worshipping in a safe protected environment during the pandemic and we are grateful for the N&N Hospitals Charity for supporting this initiative.”

Mercy Kaggwa, Fundraising Co-ordinator, added: “As a fundraiser for the N&N Hospitals Charity I am proud that we are able to support staff welfare in this way. As the Co-Chair of the BAME Staff Network, I am delighted that our hospitals charity along with the Trust recognises the importance of the varying faiths practised across our workforce. By enabling the disposable prayer mats to be funded it ensures that personal, spiritual, religious and cultural wellbeing is fulfilled in our diverse workplace and that during these difficult times, our health and safety continues to be of paramount importance.”

To find out more about the charity visit www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

 

 

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Children’s World Book Day supports hospital charity

The children from Hellesdon Pre-School in Norwich have raised £279.50 for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital thanks to their World Book Day celebrations.

Inspired by Captain Tom Moore’s book about his life, the youngsters enjoyed a 1940s day, during which staff dressed up in clothes from the era and children came to school as evacuees.

Pre-School Manager Alison Roberts-Jones said: “We wanted to say thank you to our lovely parents that work for the NHS and are critical workers.

“It was a lovely day with afternoon tea and dancing to the Andrew sisters. Children got to witness a staff member challenged to have her feet in baked beans to raise money for the doctors and nurses. Then the children were challenged to complete sponsorships too for silly events. Parents generously donated today too bless them.”

Staff from the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital made a special thank you video for all the staff, children and parents for raising first £195.25 and then an additional donation of £84.25.

For details about supporting the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, part of the N&N Hospitals Charity, go to https://www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

 

 

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Charities join forces to bring comfort to cancer patients

The N&N Hospitals Charity has joined forces with another charity to provide a touch of kindness and comfort to cancer patients being treated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Ailsa’s Aim contacted the N&N Hospitals Charity last year with the aim of delivering essential care bags filled with some little personal comforts.

Just before Christmas, the first 100-plus bags were delivered by Ailsa’s Aim founder Sara Whatley, and distributed by the Hospital Charity to cancer patients via their clinical teams. Another delivery was made this week along with 250 activity books for patients.

The bags include items such as a water bottle, toothbrush and toothpaste, lip balm, mouthwash and a luxury item, for example hand cream, eye cream or a puzzle book.

Sara said: “We are thrilled to be able to offer our essential care packs to patients at NNUH.

“We could not do these things without the support of our excellent fundraising team and the generous donations from the public, so we are always so grateful and humbled to have the support we do and to be able to bring a little ray of sunshine into people’s lives.

“We look forward to supporting NNUH and their patients on an ongoing basis.”

Lynn Crombie, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “Being in hospital and receiving treatment can be hugely difficult for our patients so it’s nice to be able to give them a little something to try and make things easier and more comfortable.

“We are so grateful to Ailsa’s Aim for thinking of our patients.”

The N&N Hospitals Charity raises money to support patients, their families and staff at the N&N Hospital, Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer Hospital.

Money raised helps to provide life-saving and ground-breaking equipment, staff development, research, and enhanced environment and facilities at the Trust.

For more information about Ailsa’s Aim, go to http://www.ailsasaim.co.uk

For details about the N&N Hospitals Charity, go to https://www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

 

 

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Staff set for sponsored head shave for breast cancer appeal

Two NNUH staff members will be marking April Fool’s Day by cutting their hair off to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

Senior Operating Department Practitioner Kate Didwell and Operating Department Practitioner Hannah Hembry-Pearson decided to do a head shave in support of the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

 Kate and Hannah work in the plastic reconstructive theatres where their work supports reconstructive procedures for patients following breast cancer. 

 Hannah said: “During the current wave of Covid-19 redeployment, our team has been dispersed. We want to do this to not only reunite our team but to do something for our patients and what we are passionate about doing. 

 “We wanted to recognise our patients’ bravery and recovery by fundraising and doing something for the greater good – it is not only inspiring ourselves but also those we work with.

 “We hope that people will give generously to this worthy cause and support our brave the shave campaign.”

 The Boudicca Appeal has already raised more than £450,000 of an £800,000 to create a new, dedicated breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Funds already raised have been used to purchase equipment and the next phase will be to create a new waiting area and reception for patients.

 Kate and Hannah have already raised more than £1,500 and hope to reach £10,000 on their big day on 1 April. If you would like to support Kate and Hannah, you can make a donation at their JustGiving page.

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kate-hannahplasticstheatres.  

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal, go to www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

 

 

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Easy way to make donation and support charity

The N&N Hospitals Charity has invested in five new contactless collecting boxes which are being installed around the hospital.

These new boxes are bright and enable people to donate a minimum of £3 by cashless donation or more if they wish to. 

Two boxes have already been placed in West Outpatient areas and watch out as more appear.

 

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NNUH volunteer driver scheme marks first year

A volunteer driver scheme has travelled more than 40,000 miles and helped thousands of patients in its first year.

The transport service has helped more than 300 patients get back home, delivered vital medical supplies to patients’ homes and ferried chemotherapy treatments to a relocated cancer unit.

The Volunteer Drivers scheme, which received £115,000 from the N&N Hospitals Charity, was launched in February 2020 as the first of its kind in the country to help transport patients home and to help get them settled in after a hospital stay.

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the project has only been able to run as a full patient transport service for three months of the year, transporting 338 patients. Ten volunteers have also been trained to help run the service, which has two Renault Trafic vehicles that have been adapted to assist patients who may have mobility issues.

However, during the first national lockdown, the service was redesigned and carried out almost 600 runs between NNUH and Spire Norwich to safely deliver chemotherapy treatments to the relocated Weybourne Day Unit, which was treating 60 patients a day.

During the pandemic, the vehicles have also been used to support the delivery of medications to vulnerable and shielding patients across Norfolk and Waveney. 

Charlotte Evans, Community and Settle In Service Volunteer Co-ordinator at NNUH, said she was proud of how the service had adapted during the pandemic and the Trust was looking for more volunteers to come forward to help patients to settle home after a stay in hospital.

“It has been an incredibly difficult time to launch a new service such as this but it has been proved that the service can be adaptable to support the Trust and our patients in different ways and can react very quickly to an ever changing environment.  Volunteer Driver Co-Ordinator Jamie Goodman has been paramount in forging good working relationships with internal departments, third party organisations and the private sector.”

Julie Cooper, Head of the Charity’s Grants Team said: “We are very proud to be working in partnership with the NNUH Voluntary Services Team and their incredible volunteers. The ways that they have adapted this vital service during the pandemic have really made sure that the region’s patients have continued to benefit from the funding provided by their local NHS charity.”

To find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can help, visit our website www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

If you would like some more information about the Volunteer Driver service or to get involved with the Volunteer team, email volunteers@nnuh.nhs.uk

 

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Young footballers on track to Anfield in virtual charity challenge

A team of young footballers are running the distance from the home of Norwich City FC to the Liverpool FC ground raising money for the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity.

The Under 10 football team, Costessey Eagles, took on the challenge to “raise money for the superheroes at our wonderful hospital while keeping fit”.

The team of 12 players, Deacon, Elliot, Isaac, James, Kai, Kido, Louie, Oskar, Riley D and Riley F, Rudy and Samuel, are attempting to run the 300km from Carrow Road to Anfield.

The recent snow did not stop the boys, with some taking to the treadmill to cover their miles, while others braving the elements and so far raising more than £1,000 halfway through the challenge.

Dan Henry, from the Costessey Eagles, said: “I am so proud of the boys and the effort and determination they have shown in some very difficult circumstances.

“They are nine and 10 years old, so to find the motivation to go out and challenge yourself while trying to raise money for such an incredible cause is so inspiring”

Mercy Kaggwa, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “We are delighted that the team has chosen to support our charity and the boys are doing an amazing challenge.
“Thank you so much to the boys everyone who has supported the team, everything raised will make a huge difference to our teams here at the N&N.”

You can support the boys and make a donation here https://nnuh.enthuse.com/pf/costesseyeagles

The N&N Hospitals Charity raises money to support patients, their families and staff at the N&N Hospital, Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer Hospital.

All donations raised help provide life-saving and ground-breaking equipment, staff development, research, and enhanced environment and facilities at the Trust. For more information, go to https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/

 

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