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Latest development unveiled in breast cancer unit

A new waiting area and reception has been opened for patients attending the breast cancer unit at the N&N.

The new area is the latest development in the project to create a new unit, funded by donations to the N&N Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

The waiting area includes walls decorated with images produced by artist Gilly McCadden.

Gilly said: “The brief was to create something with a very naturalistic feel and so, in early spring last year when I was thinking about this on walks in the village that I live, I thought the hedgerows were perfect inspiration.

“The spring shoots of our native wild rose was the obvious choice and the starting point for the image.”

Gilly said her own breast cancer diagnosis more than 14 years ago was behind her decision to take on the project: “I remember exactly what it was like being in a waiting area, you don’t forget something like that, all that sitting around and waiting and the anxiety of not knowing what the news is going to be.”

The breast cancer unit handles all referrals of suspected breast cancer from GPs, the number which has almost doubled in recent years.

The Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal has raised more than £523,000, which has been used to purchase a Stereotactic mammography system which uses low-dose x-rays to help locate a breast abnormality and remove a tissue and is less invasive than surgical biopsy.

Also now being used is a Hologic LOCalizer guidance system so that very small breast cancers can be more accurately and less invasively identified during diagnosis and surgery, improving the patient’s experience and further reducing the need for multiple visits to hospital.

Dr Arne Juette, Consultant Radiologist and Director of Breast Screening at the Trust, said: “It’s wonderful to see the new waiting area in the expanded breast unit which gives patients a more holistic experience in a soothing environment.

“The artwork adds such a lovely touch to the area, and it’s particularly special for us that it has been designed by an artist who knows first hand what our patients are experiencing and this comes through in the images through the unit.”

The next phase of the breast cancer unit development is the creation of patient counselling rooms and if you would like to support this through the Boudicca Appeal please go to our website https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/

Pictures:

  • The new Boudicca Breast Unit waiting and reception area.
  • From left, Breast Care Sisters Lynne Priestley and Joanna McGrath
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School’s festive single to support hospital charity

A father who raised thousands for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital running the Loch Ness Marathon is now hoping a musical venture will be the first of many fundraising projects at the school where he works.

Elliott Catchpole, a science teacher at Wymondham High Academy, raised £8,395 in October along with fellow runners James Flannigan and Jonathan Lee for the hospital where Elliott’s son Oscar has been treated since six months old.

Now aged three, Oscar suffers potentially life-threatening epileptic seizures because of a rare genetic disorder, but his fight and determination has inspired his dad to continue fundraising.

Ahead of the festive season, Mr Catchpole has been working alongside the music department and school pupils to create a Christmas single which be available to download with an online donation. There will also have a limited number of CD copies to sell, with all proceeds going towards N&N Hospitals Charity.

Mr Catchpole said: “It’s fantastic that Principal Jonathan Rockey intends to direct all Wymondham High Academy Trust’s fundraising towards N&N Hospitals Charity.

“The school’s ethos is to create individuals who act with responsibility, determination and humility. I have seen first-hand that these are integral aspects of being a health care professional and, as such, the key workers at the N&N are role models for our pupils at Wymondham High Academy.

“I am very excited at the prospect of the school and charity being able to work together to make a real positive influence in the community and to inspire the young minds in our school.”

The Christmas song will be played throughout the school, the N&N Hospital Radio station, and hopefully on local radio stations and local supermarkets.

Download the single here https://christmastome.bandcamp.com/releases

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can support us, go to

https://nnhospitalscharity.org.uk/

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Run Norwich returns on 17 July 2022

After an absence of two years, Run Norwich returns in 2022, and the N&N Hospitals Charity is delighted to be a Charity Partner.

We will have a team of 30 runners taking part in the award-winning 10-kilometre road race organised by Norwich City FC’s official charity partner the Community Sports Foundation (CSF), through the heart of Norwich’s beautiful and historic city centre.

Voted the Best 10k in the UK by the Running Awards, the route passes some of the city’s most iconic landmarks, including Norwich Castle, The Forum, Norwich Cathedral, and many more.

Our 30-strong team will all be raising money for our hospital charity which makes a huge difference to the patients and staff at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer Hospital. We also hope some general entry runners will choose to support us and join our team.

Our runners will be invited to a pasta party (date TBC) and we will have more special treats in store.

We have a limited number of spaces available so if you would like to join our team, and pledge to raise a minimum of £100 for the charity, please get in touch at fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk

The inaugural event took place in 2015, and since then tens of thousands of runners have taken to the city centre streets for the annual race.

Our course has been designed to create a unique experience in Norwich for runners and spectators, with music and entertainment at the start and along the route.

 

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Celebrating the success of robotic-assisted surgical programme

The success of a robotic-assisted surgery programme, funded by a £1m donation by the N&N Hospitals Charity, has been celebrated after reaching a landmark at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The Trust became the first hospital in the region to carry out bowel cancer surgeries using robotic-assisted technology in 2017. Over the last four years staff have carried out 200 colorectal surgeries using this minimally invasive method.

The Sir Thomas Browne Academic Colorectal Unit now has three Consultants who carry out robotic-assisted colorectal surgery and has piloted a project for trainee surgeons to develop their skills.

Irshad Shaikh, Consultant Colorectal and lead Robotic colorectal surgeon said: “We are one of the pioneers in colorectal robotic-assisted surgery and we have all the technology to deliver high quality surgery that benefits the patient enormously with minimally invasive approach, which leads to faster recovery and faster discharge from hospital. Over the last four years we have performed in excess of 200 operations with really good outcomes using 4th generation advanced technology. We regularly host consultant surgeons from the rest of the country and aiming to become a national reference centre with fellowship, proctoring and registrar training programmes and complex cancer surgery programs. We hope this will not only benefit Norfolk but also rest of the UK teams.

“There is nothing more satisfying when you tell a patient who has come in with a problem like a cancer or tumour that it has been successfully removed and that smile drives you to do even more and better.”

The Trust has two da Vinci 4th generation robots in main theatres, which were funded by the £1m charity donation.

Ahmed El Hadi, Consultant Colorectal Surgeon, said: “We are one of the largest colorectal units in the country and the most important thing is what our robotic-assisted surgery programme delivers for patients. The data and audits show us that we are consistently getting good results in regards to outcomes from surgery and length of stay. It has been a big team effort and has taken a lot of hard work and I am proud to see the service reaching this stage.

“It is nice to see there is a programme in our unit to get more and more people trained and we have become an established European accredited centre to take on fellowships from across the world.”

For a behind the scenes look at the robotic-assisted colorectal (bowel cancer surgery) surgical programme, view this five minute video

https://youtu.be/AgwmPCD__fI

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Sainsbury’s worker’s festive fundraiser for new surgical centre

A £1m N&N Hospitals Charity appeal to help create an innovative orthopaedic elective centre has received a festive boost from an employee at Sainsbury’s in Longwater, Norwich.

Simon Game was just 50 when he underwent hip surgery after crippling arthritis had left him in unbearable pain.

Now, Simon is backing the plan to create the Norfolk and Norwich Orthopaedic Centre (NANOC) which will carry out around 2,500 orthopaedic cases a year for patients who need ankle, foot, hip, knee or shoulder operations.

The £11.4m centre will see the N&N Hospitals Charity investing £2m for equipment, £1m of which has already been raised.

From December 1-24, Simon, who works as a personal shopper in the Longwater store, will be doing his role on the shop floor dressed as Santa Claus, while the store itself will have charity buckets and information about the appeal on each of its tills.

Simon said: “I waited 18 months for my new hip and the pain was horrendous at times. I had trouble walking, needed to use crutches or a frame to get around, and I often needed to sit down.

“Just eight weeks after the operation, I was back at work and leading a normal life. I want to support the appeal because I know, first hand, the difference this has made to me and I am so grateful to the management and colleagues at Sainsbury’s Longwater for also supporting this.

“The store welcomes 40,000 shoppers a week so we hope everyone will get behind us.”

Simon’s fundraising begins on December 1 when he will be arriving at work in style, courtesy of JJ Limousines who are waiving their £170 fee to transport Santa Simon.

Jim Wimhurst, NNUH Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, said: “To have support  like this from Simon and the team at Sainsbury’s Longwater is wonderful news and is a fantastic example of the community getting behind us.

“Hearing what a difference hip surgery has made to Simon’s day-to-day life emphasises how important the new Norfolk and Norwich Orthopaedic Centre (NANOC) will be to the people of Norfolk. We thank Sainsbury’s for backing our NANOC appeal during December and we hope Santa Simon puts a smile on shoppers’ faces.”

You can support the NANOC appeal and fund out more here https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/NANOC

 

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Charities lead health improvement across Norfolk and Waveney thanks to national grant

This autumn, a series of charity funded projects across Norfolk and Waveney will start to benefit communities recovering from the pandemic, thanks to a national grant of nearly £500,000 from NHS Charities Together.

At a local level, the Norfolk Community Foundation has been working with grass roots organisations to use the two-year funding towards a series of projects, with finances administered by the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity on behalf of the Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System.

Local NHS organisations have been working together to ensure the projects meet health needs with the aim of protecting the most vulnerable from Covid-19, supporting people with mental health issues related to the pandemic and promoting healthier communities.

Earlier in the year, bids were encouraged from across Norfolk and Waveney with ten organisations being selected to run projects covering support for older people, vulnerable communities and those with physical and mental health issues.

The successful projects will be run by Caring Together, EPIC Norfolk, DIAL Great Yarmouth, Age UK Norwich, Menscraft, New Routes, Norfolk & Waveney Mind, Norfolk Deaf Association, The Big C, and the Magdalene Group.

Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said: “With our health service facing its most difficult winter ever, ongoing support for the NHS has never been more important. And because healthcare doesn’t begin and end in hospital, we are so proud to be working in partnership with our members to deliver additional support in local communities.

“These projects will create meaningful health benefits for people across Norfolk and Waveney – including addressing mental health needs and protecting groups most affected by COVID-19. Together, we can help the NHS go further and achieve better health and care for us all.”

Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Chair-designate of Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care System and the new NHS Norfolk and Waveney Integrated Care Board (ICB) which is set to become a statutory body in April 2022, said: “We are very grateful to NHS Charities Together for this generous amount which is great news for the people of Norfolk and Waveney. The pandemic has impacted all of us, but people in our community who are vulnerable and the community charities who support them have been hit particularly hard.

“This is a great example of how health and social care, voluntary groups and charities can work in partnership to make a real difference to the lives of local people.”

John Paul Garside, Director of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity, says: “We are delighted to be supporting this important work to help the vulnerable communities in Norfolk and Waveney.  Our hospitals have seen at first hand the devastation that the pandemic has brought to people’s health and we want to do everything we can to support the recovery.”

Claire Cullens, Chief Executive of Norfolk Community Foundation, says: “During the Covid-19 pandemic, our fantastic charities and community groups have been the glue that has held communities together and offered a vital lifeline to many, helping people to cope day to day, or with an urgent response to sudden crisis. We’re proud to champion their innovation and determination as they continue to tackle the physical and psychological impact of a global crisis.”

Kathryn Ellis, Executive Director of Strategy and Partnerships at Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust and Senior Responsible Officer for Voluntary, Community and Social Enterprise (VCSE) Assembly, Norfolk & Waveney Integrated Care System, said: “Through this investment we have an opportunity to test new approaches to deliver health and care and embed the prevention agenda into the heart of our integrated care system. Over the next 2 years, we will have opportunity to illustrate how health and social care partners can work collaboratively with VCSE colleagues in support of our most vulnerable communities”.

Chair of the Norfolk and Waveney VCSE Assembly, Emma Ratzer commented how positive the funding was for our integrated care system’s partnerships, saying: “This funding is a very exciting opportunity to further demonstrate the benefits the voluntary sector provides to individuals and communities, whilst concurrently forging new relationships and understanding with system partners. This fund will work to the strengths of our local VCSE sector to support those who are most affected by the pandemic and where possible help prevent further impact on individuals health and wellbeing.”

Notes to editors

Details of the projects funded:

Age UK Norwich is leading a pilot to enhance the NHS Social Prescribing delivery within Norwich, specifically to support older people to improve their physical or mental health.

Dial Gt Yarmouth is working in partnership with Great Yarmouth Borough Council, East Suffolk District Council and James Paget Hospital, seeks to provide supportive and preventative non-medical support to those who are awaiting elective orthopaedic surgery and are at risk of worsening physical and mental health.

EPIC Norfolk is finding a new way of supporting patients to rehabilitate in the community following discharge from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Menscraft will be supporting men who are waiting for a range of clinical interventions, especially mental health, through engaging in positive activities provided by weekly local pop up Pit Stops.

New Routes will be employing a new Health and Wellbeing Coordinator to support asylum seekers, recently resettled refugees and other ethnic minorities through promoting social inclusion and preventing people from becoming socially excluded.

Norfolk and Waveney Mind will be offering a nature-based, physical activities programme in across Norfolk and Waveney to establish self-sustaining running and walking groups for those experiencing or at risk of poor mental health because of the impact of the pandemic.

Norfolk Deaf Association will be using the Cuppa Care mobile facility, which is equipped with a range of information and facilities for making refreshments, from which members of staff and volunteers will engage with the local community, providing a listening ear, appropriate support, information and advice.

The Big C will pilot a 12-week nutrition and physical activity programmes for cancer patients aimed at lifestyle and behavioural change, including advice on healthy eating, weight management and “mood and food”, plus health walks for mental Wellbeing and cooking demonstrations.

The Magdalene Group will fund a specialist Women’s Worker to be based within the Doorways Womens Project and will form trusting relationships to deliver a range of support including 1:1 sessions and advocacy, street outreach, prison support and COVID-19 and other healthcare awareness.

Caring Together will address an unmet need for a counselling service in the system focused primarily on carers and recent former carers. The project will prevent carer crisis and breakdown by providing a professional counselling and talking therapy service.

About NHS Charities Together

NHS Charities Together is the national, independent charity caring for the NHS. We support a network of 240 NHS charities and, together, provide the extra help needed in hospitals, health boards, and ambulance, community, and mental health trusts across the UK.

We’re here to support the people of the NHS, in every part the country, every day of the week. And we make sure funds get to exactly where they are needed and will make the most impact.

To date, NHS Charities Together has allocated £140 million in a range of projects supporting NHS charities, staff, patients and volunteers. These include counselling services, helplines, and intensive psychological support for NHS staff, plus patient focused initiatives like training for emergency responders, research into long COVID, and specialist equipment. And we’re investing in projects that make access to healthcare more equal – so the best of NHS care is available to everyone, both now and in the future.

But the NHS is facing the most challenging time in its history – and NHS resources have their limits. With pressures on services mounting, our support has never been more vital. Together, we can help the NHS go further and achieve better health and care for us all.

To find out more visit www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk

 

 

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Send a Smile with Santa appeal launched for 2021

The annual appeal to give every patient at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital a gift on Christmas Day has been launched.

Each year, the N&N Hospitals Charity’s Send a Smile with Santa appeal collects more than 1,000 presents kindly donated by the members of the public and businesses across Norfolk.

These are then distributed to patients, both young and old, who will spend Christmas in hospital and are unable to celebrate at home with their families.

This year, the charity is asking people who would like to give a present to a patient, to either purchase an item from the list below and drop it off at the hospital or make a small donation online at our website which could then be used by the charity to purchase a gift.

All gifts must be new and unwrapped and can be dropped off from now until 5 December at the hospital’s West Inpatients Reception Desk which is open 24/7 or at the Charity Hub East Atrium Monday to Friday 9-4pm.

Suitable gifts for adults are:

  • Toiletry gift sets (male and female)
  • Colouring Books for Adults
  • Puzzle Books for Adults
  • Flavoured Teas
  • Boxes of Chocolates or Boxes of Biscuits
  • Gift Drink Mug

For children and young people:

  • Lego for girl/boys
  • Items suitable for babies – 18 months old
  • Items for 18 months – 5 years
  • Gifts for teenagers including fidget toys or other suitable items
  • Sensory toys for children with complex needs

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “Send a Smile is now in its sixth year and each year we are so grateful for the wonderful gifts given to us which we know make a huge difference to our patients. We know that people have been fantastic supporting the NHS through the pandemic and we are asking you again to help us make Christmas special for those patients in hospital on Christmas Day. If you are purchasing an item please do look at the list as this has been put together or consider making a donation which we will use to purchase a present. For example, £5 could help us to buy a toiletries’ gift set which will be wrapped up and given out on Christmas morning.”

If you would like to support Christmas at the hospital, please make a donation here www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk

For more information about the work of the hospital charity go to www.nnhospitalscharity.org.uk or email fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk or call 01603 287107

 

 

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Hospital Charity thanks ‘Queen of Knitting’

Ninety-two-year-old Margaret Seaman, Norfolk’s own Queen of Knitting, has raised over £18,000 so far for charity appeals at the county’s three main hospitals with her huge, woolly model of Sandringham House.

This week the great-great-grandmother, who made headlines around the world with her textile masterpiece, held a knit-in with bosses from the Norfolk and Norwich in Norwich, the Queen Elizabeth in Kings Lynn and the James Paget in Great Yarmouth.

Margaret’s needles hardly ever stop and she gave an impromptu knitting lesson to hospital representatives who had gathered at The Forum to thank her for her hard work and dedication.

Margaret’s huge model of the royals’ Norfolk residence was on show at the real Sandringham House this summer and was seen by many thousands of people, including the Queen herself. Before that it was a centrepiece of the Norfolk Makers Festival Showcase at The Forum, in Norwich.

The irrepressible charity knitter, from Caistor, near Yarmouth, said, “I still really can’t believe how much attention my knitting has been getting and how much people loved seeing the model while I was at Sandringham and at The Forum.

“People have been so generous showing their appreciate with donations and I’m delighted that so much money has been raised for local hospitals and local people.”

At the ‘knit in’ at The Forum this week, cash donations made while the Knitted Sandringham was on public display was officially handed over. Margaret continues to raise money for the three hospitals on her Just Giving page, Margaret Knits for Norfolk.

Lynn Crombie, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “We were delighted that Margaret decided to use her talents to support the hospitals in our region and to donate to the N&N Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal, which is supporting patients at our hospital thanks to a dedicated breast cancer unit. On behalf of everyone at the N&N, we would like to thank Margaret and all those generous people who donated.”

Sandringham is not Margaret’s first project, and the recent fundraising is just a fraction of what Margaret has achieved over the past five years. In total her incredible knitted installations have raised tens of thousands for local charities.

Margaret first started making headlines and raising money when she created a twelve foot long, knitted model of Great Yarmouth Sea Front in its 1970s hey-day, a centre piece at the Norfolk Makers Festival in 2019. She also created the ‘NHS Knittingale’ during the national lockdown in 2020.

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From left: Yvonne Christley – Deputy Chief Nurse, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, Professor Steve Barnett – Chairman, Queen Elizabeth, Margaret Seaman, Maxine Taylor – Charity Co-ordinator, James Paget, Arne Juette, Director of Breast Cancer Screening, Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

 

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Take part in London Landmarks Half Marathon for hospital charity

We are so excited to announce that the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity will be a Charity Partner for the 2022 London Landmarks Half Marathon (LLHM) taking place on Sunday, April 3.

What’s more, we have managed to secure 25 coveted places and are offering you the chance to run through the closed streets of London, raising money for our Charity. Now in its fourth year, the LLHM is not your average half marathon – from cultural landmarks to the city’s quirky hidden secrets, you will get to take in through the capital on a route like no other.

You will join thousands of other runners at 9.30am on Pall Mall, and finishing by Downing Street, taking in 13.2 miles of London’s most iconic landmarks including Big Ben, St Paul’s Cathedral, Nelson’s Column, the Gherkin, the Shard, the Tower of London and the London Eye.

As 2022 marks the start of our 250th year celebrations, runners must pledge to raise a minimum of £250 (excluding Gift Aid) and pay a non-refundable £30 registration fee.

In return, we will provide you with fundraising help and materials and a free running top to wear during training and on race day. We can also promote your fundraising events via our own social media channels and website. Every penny you raise for the N&N Hospitals Charity helps enhance the care we give our patients, supports staff and funds state-of-the-art equipment.

You have until Friday, November 5 to email us at fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk to apply for a place and selection of runners will take place before Monday, November 12.

Please include: Why you would like a place on the LLHM N&N Hospitals Charity Team, how you plan to raise the £250 minimum, any previous fundraising you have done.

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Open Day for new Cancer Centre at Cromer & District Hospital

Cromer & District Hospital will be hosting a community open day on Saturday 16 October so members of the public can visit the new North Norfolk Macmillan Cancer Centre, which has been made possible due to donations from the public and three charities – Macmillan Cancer Support, the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity, and the Cromer Community and Hospital Friends.

The day, which will run from 10:00 to 13:00hrs, it is free to attend with free parking on site during that day and will offer visitors the chance to see the new £4.85million centre which has been created from the old Davidson Ward Block at the hospital to give state of the art facilities for patients undergoing chemotherapy or other treatments.

Visitors will also be able to see the new bespoke artwork created by local artist Eloise O’Hare which has been incorporated in the design to produce a suitable environment for those attending the centre.

There is no need to book for the day but we do ask that all visitors wear a mask and sanitise their hands on entry to the hospital property signed North Norfolk Macmillan Cancer Centre, following NHS guidance for healthcare property.

The new facility opened for patients on 13 September.

Notes for Editors
The N&N Hospitals Charity has put £1.8m into funding the build, Macmillan Cancer Support £2.2m, and funding for the equipment has also been provided by the Cromer Community and Hospital Friends with a £600,000 donation. This new cancer unit will have five treatment chairs, enabling an additional 2,000 chemotherapy treatments each year, plus space for the Acute Oncology Service which supports patients with cancer who have complications or symptoms related to their cancer or its treatment. There is also a patient support and information centre run by Macmillan. The new unit will also free up space in the main Cromer Hospital building to deliver extra surgical procedures.

 

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