Join the brew crew on 5 July ​

Communities are being urged to get involved in the nation’s biggest brew to help raise funds for the NHS.

Led by NHS Charities Together, the NHS Big Tea on Tuesday 5 July brings the nation together to celebrate the birthday of the NHS and give thanks to the workforce, while raising funds to provide the extra support needed for staff, patients, and volunteers.

In tandem with the NHS’ 74th birthday, health and social workers can also take the opportunity to celebrate and reflect on their incredible role taking care of the public, during the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond.

Now entering its fifth year, all funds raised from the NHS Big Tea contribute to key projects supporting staff mental health, the long-term recovery of the NHS following Covid-19, and community partnership programmes that prevent ill health and will take pressure off services in the future.

Last year more than 4,800 hosts signed up, collectively raising over £500,000. In addition to individuals, schools, community groups and organisations, more than 150 NHS charities were involved, including the N&N Hospitals Charity. This year, NHS Charities Together hopes to make the event the biggest NHS Big Tea to date, with a collective fundraising target of over £775,000.

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising at NNUH said: “We are delighted that the Big Tea proved so popular in 2021 with so many people and groups of all ages taking part from picnics at school to cake in the office. We hope many more join in this year and remember you can have your Big Tea Party at any time not just on July 5. We are starting our Big Tea Party early with a fantastic cake stall at our hospital Fete on 11 June run by one of our volunteers Reece.

Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive at NHS Charities Together, said: “The NHS can’t face every challenge alone, and the network of NHS charities is proud to have funded hundreds of incredible projects supporting staff, patients and communities. By hosting tea parties and inviting your friends, colleagues or classmates, the NHS Big Tea allows us to come together and say an enormous thank you to our incredible NHS – especially after all they’ve been through these last two years, and the ongoing challenges they continue to face.

“So, whether at home, in the office or in school, we’re asking the nation to pop the kettle on, grab the biscuits, and raise vital funds to help the NHS go further this July.”

To sign up to host your own NHS Big Tea event and receive a fundraising support pack, please visit

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Family raises £55,000 in baby Harrison’s memory

A Norwich couple who started fundraising in memory of their baby son have raised more than £55,000 to help other families.

Claire and Simon Nicholl, from Eaton, suffered heartbreak when their son Harrison Alexander Nicholl died four days after being born in February 2010.

Harrison had been born weighing 7lb 14oz but became distressed during delivery and was treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at NNUH.

Since then, Claire and Simon and their family and friends have fundraised in Harrison’s memory, including organising charity balls and walks, with donations split between the N&N Hospitals Charity and East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH).

Items purchased for NICU include a £6,000 portable ventilator and most recently, £3,000 towards a VCreate secure video technology system.

Claire and Simon, who are also parents to daughter Emily, said: “We are so pleased that the money raised from the most recent Harrison’s Ball will be used for this piece of software. I cannot imagine what it would have been like if we were not able to sit with Harrison 24 hours a day, but throughout the pandemic parents have not always been able to do this.”

The secure video messaging service allows hospital staff to send regular video and photo messages to parents, so they don’t miss crucial moments of their child’s first weeks.

The messages can be accessed on any device, whenever the parents want, and can be downloaded and kept forever.

NICU Matron Paula Mellor said: “The VCreate system has made a huge difference to families, particularly during the restrictions we faced due to Covid-19. We are so grateful to Claire and Simon for their wonderful generosity which enables us to continue to provide videos and photos to our NICU families.”

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “We are so honoured that Harrison’s family and friends have chosen to continue to support us over the years, making a huge difference to our NICU parents.

“It’s wonderful that Harrison’s legacy continues to inspire so many people to donate in his name and we are so grateful.”

You can find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can support us at our website

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Mobile cancer unit celebrates first anniversary

A service that has brought cancer care closer to people’s homes is celebrating its first anniversary next month.

The Mobile Cancer Care Unit (MCCU) hit the roads of Norfolk and Waveney last year, thanks to an innovative partnership between the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and cancer charity Hope for Tomorrow.

Since its launch, more than 1,000 patients have been treated in the mobile unit in Attleborough, Beccles, Dereham and Fakenham.

The mobile unit and Nurses’ Support Vehicle (NSV) is owned and maintained by Hope for Tomorrow and the NNUH staffing costs are covered by the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity for the first three years. The vehicle has space for four recliner treatment chairs, infusion pumps, a kitchen area and patient toilet.

A celebration event will take place outside the Colney Centre at NNUH on Monday 9 May between 2pm and 4pm.

Joanna Richardson, Lead Cancer Nurse at NNUH, said: “We are delighted to celebrate the anniversary of Amara, our MCCU, which has already made a huge difference to patients’ lives. Starting the service through Covid-19 gave us many challenges including restricting the number of chairs in use for social distancing, enhanced infection control procedures and maintaining staffing levels. This has provided local services to patients during a time of great anxiety and disruption, enabling them to continue their cancer treatment in a safe environment.

“It has been a fantastic achievement with huge enthusiasm from the nurses and clinicians. It enables the teams to work in a variety of settings, adapting skills and experience but most importantly meeting their patient needs and offering a first-class service.”

NNUH is the biggest cancer centre in the East of England and the Weybourne Day Unit carries out more than 20,000 chemotherapy and other cancer treatments a year.

In 2019, anticipating the increase in demand for chemotherapy, we partnered with Hope for Tomorrow who have been working with the NHS since 2007. The vison of the charity is to support patients who are going through cancer treatment by alleviating the stresses and strains of travelling for appointments, along with supporting NHS trusts in reducing hospital waiting times. This fits with the NNUH five-year cancer strategy and long-term plan to bring care closer to home.

We undertook a postcode mapping exercise to identify four possible locations for the Mobile Cancer Care Unit, which were identified as being more than 20 minutes travel from the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and identified supermarkets at Attleborough, Beccles, Dereham and Fakenham who all had large car parks, café, and toilet facilities, and were very keen to support their community.

Tina Seymour, CEO for Hope for Tomorrow, said: “We are really proud to have been able to provide a Mobile Cancer Care Unit to NNUH and to enable their amazing team to take their cancer care into the heart of their communities. We look forward to working with them for many years to continue this incredible service.”

John Paul Garside, Charity Director for NNUH, added: “We are delighted to have provide funding from a legacy received by the charity to support the Mobile Cancer Care Unit, which has funded staffing costs and clinical equipment. Working in conjunction with Hope for Tomorrow means that the N&N Hospitals Charity is at the heart of helping to be part of improving facilities for cancer patients across Norfolk.”

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Historic yacht makes fundraising journey

A motor yacht used in 1940 to rescue British soldiers at Dunkirk is preparing to set off on a new mission to raise money for two charities.

The yacht Estrallita is owned by Tony Billson, from Diss, who spent five years painstakingly restoring her and researching her history.

Next month, Royal Navy veterans Tony, Tommy Morrison and Michael (Jack) Hawkins, who served on HMS Bulwark in the 1970s, will set off from Lowestoft, taking in ports along their journey to Poole.

Members of the public will be invited to come on board and learn more about the history of the ‘Little Ship’ and donations can be made which will support the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital where Tony’s daughter, Rachel Chaudhary works, and the armed forces charity SSAFA.

Tony found the Estrallita in a poor state of repair in Ramsgate, with no idea about her history, which included tragedy, celebrity, name changes and a commendable wartime record in Poole. The journey next month will include a Dunkirk plaque-laying ceremony taking place in Portsmouth and a trip up the Thames to take part in the 40-year Falklands War commemorations. Between 1940 and 1945 the Estrallita was used by the Royal Navy as a harbour patrol boat in Poole, defending against invasion and to rescue downed pilots in the English Channel.

Tony said: “Last year, we took her out for the first time and sailed to Ramsgate so now we are aiming to go even further, raising as much money as possible for the two charities.”

During his research, Tony discovered Estrallita had operated as a Harbour Patrol vessel at Poole during the Second World War.

Her duties were to protect the harbour channels, and specifically to block the channels if there was an invasion by sinking designated Block Ships or as a last resort to sacrifice herself to delay any advance. Estrallita was one of six vessels deployed for this purpose but was the only one that was retained throughout the war.

In 1960s the vessel was owned by Hughie Green as a place to stay during the summer season going from resort to resort and it was on one of these excursions from Shoreham to Morecombe that Green became involved in a rescue off the coast of Cornwall after spotting red flares at sea.

No other ship responded to the call for help, believing the flares to be regular RAF flares which were regularly used. Green successfully campaigned for red flares to only be used at sea in distress which is the case today.

You can find out more about the Estrallita restoration and updates of the trip and where you can come onboard via the Facebook page

Lynn Crombie, NNUH Fundraising Co-ordinator said: “It is fantastic that a little boat with such a colourful history which has saved lives is now going to heling to raise money to improve the lives of our young patients at the Jenny Lind. We wish Tony and his crew a safe time at sea as they embark on this wonderful coastal journey.”

You can make a donation to the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital via the JustGiving page

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity, go to

For more information on the Estrallita go to

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Taking to the skies for Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal

A woman is preparing to take to the skies above Norfolk to raise money for the hospital which cared for her grandmother during her breast cancer treatment.

Emily Petch will take part in the charity skydive on 9 July with money raised going to the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Emily, who is originally from Norwich but now living in London, said: “My Nanny, Pat Petch, unfortunately passed away in November aged 79 after a 15-year battle with breast cancer, and she was always so thankful for the NHS and the staff at NNUH for their constant care and empathy.”

“I am so grateful for how the staff supported my Nanny and I want to contribute towards the new breast cancer unit, so they can continue to help families just as they have helped mine.”

The latest development in the project to create a new breast cancer unit has been the opening of a reception and waiting area, funded by donations to the Boudicca Appeal.

The breast cancer unit handles all referrals of suspected breast cancer, which have almost doubled in recent years.
The Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal has raised more than £500,000, 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.

Emily, 23, said: “I am going to pay for the skydive out of my own pocket, so 100 per cent of the money I raise will go directly to the Boudicca Appeal. My Nanny always spoke so highly of the incredible treatment she received at the N&N al during this time, and she was very grateful for the kindness and empathy shown by the staff.”

Dr Arne Juette, Consultant Radiologist and Director of Breast Screening, said: “We are so grateful to the donations we have received in recent years and it’s fantastic that people like Emily are continuing to support the Boudicca Appeal. It’s wonderful to see the new unit coming together and everything that has been achieved. We are looking forward to the next development which is the creation of patient counselling rooms.”

You can sponsor Emily and her skydive via her JustGiving page

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can help please visit or follow us on social media @NNHospCharity

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NNUH Foundation Day invites public to see behind the scenes

Celebrating 250 years of caring for patients, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) will be throwing open its doors this year on Saturday 11 June and inviting members of the public to come and see behind the scenes, meet the hospital teams and see some of the world class facilities on site.

The hospital “Foundation Day” starts at 11am and runs to 3pm and visitors will be able to try their hand at pathology with our laboratory staff, discover how our gut works, take a tour of our new interventional radiology and children’s theatres and walk through time with a wall of history of the last 250 years.

Senior nurses pictured in 1864

The day which open to all ages is a chance for people to find out more about the region’s busiest acute hospital and also help raise money for the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity.

Car parking in the NNUH car park will be free during the event and other activities taking place during the day include:

• Meeting our cardiology team and see how we treat heart conditions
• Finding out more about working at the hospital
• Meeting our organ donation team
• Meet the “inflatable poo”! and hear about food and health research from the Quadram Institute
• Discover about managing diabetes
• Learn how to protect your skin in the sun
• Displays of old uniforms and historical objects
• Take part in some traditional fete games
• View wartime and vintage vehicles
• Say hello to therapy dogs
• Browse the wide variety of stalls
• Sample our cakes and enjoy a barbecue.

David White, chairman for the NNUH said: “There have been huge advances in technology since the inception of the Norfolk and Norwich, over the years our hospital has touched the lives of every local family and this year we want to celebrate both our achievements and our history.

“Caring for the sick remains our mission and as we celebrate the 250th anniversary we want to share this major milestone and the achievements we have provided down the generations with the Norfolk & Waveney community”.

The hospital was established in 1772 at a cost of £13,323, with a medical staff and matron, plus 20 beds ordered. In 2001, our hospital was rebuilt and opened at Colney Lane for a cost of £229m and now has over 1200 beds and 10,000 staff, treating over one million patients every year.

It became a teaching hospital, in partnership with the University of East Anglia, after moving to the new site along with an increased focus on research as part of the Norwich Research Park.

Louise Cook, head of fundraising for the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “This event is only possible thanks to the generous support of our staff, volunteers and partners Serco and Octagon.”

For a detailed programme of events celebrating 250 years visit and if you would like to make a donation to the N&N Hospital Charity please visit


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Woman’s fundraising run for children’s hospital in memory of sister-in-law

A Norwich woman is taking part in her first marathon in memory of her sister-in-law who died in 1993 at the age of 20.

On May 2, Zoe Harcourt will line up with hundreds of others for the start of the Milton Keynes Marathon.

As well as recognising sister-in-law Tanya Harcourt’s battle against Cystic Fibrosis, Zoe will be raising money for the N&N Hospitals Charity to support children being treated for CF at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital.

Zoe said: “This will be my first marathon. I recently completed a half marathon which was my first ever competitive race.

“I turned 50 last year and I was able to celebrate but I wanted to do something in Tanya’s memory for what would have been her 50th birthday on June 7 this year.”

Zoe’s daughter Jade, who now works at the N&N, was just a baby when Tanya died, and her son Liam never met his aunt.

Zoe said: “Tanya was a happy, bubbly and popular young girl. She lived life to the full even while spending a lot of her life in and out of hospital.

“She was an amazing auntie to Jade which was unfortunately cut very short as she passed away when Jade was only three months old.

“She fought long and hard battling this disease but unfortunately she lost, leaving a big hole in the hearts of her family and friends.

“Tanya’s mum, dad and brother are blown away by the support and donations that have been made in her memory.”

Catharine Moates, Lead Children’s CF/Respiratory Nurse Specialist, said: “We are so grateful to Zoe for choosing to support our department here at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital in this wonderful tribute to Tanya on what would have been her 50th year.

“Thank you to everyone who has donated to support our young patients and we wish Zoe all the best for her marathon challenge.”

If you would like to support Zoe, visit her fundraising page here:

To find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity please visit


Tanya Harcourt and Zoe Harcourt who is running a marathon to raise funds for Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital

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Thousands raised for hospital charity after Sainsbury worker’s Santa challenge

An employee at Sainsbury’s in Norwich has raised £4,548 for the N&N Hospitals Charity’s new £1m appeal, by dressing up as Santa Claus throughout his shifts in December.

Simon Game, from Bowthorpe, who works as a personal shopper in the Longwater branch, collected donations from generous shoppers, while the store itself had charity buckets and information about the plan to create the Norfolk and Norwich Orthopaedic Centre (NANOC).

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

The cause is close to Simon’s heart after he underwent hip surgery a number of years ago following crippling arthritis which had left him in unbearable pain.

Now, Simon is backing the new centre which will carry out around 2,500 orthopaedic cases a year for patients who need ankle, foot, hip, knee or shoulder operations.

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. I was unable to drive because of pain in even using the clutch.

“Just eight weeks after the operation, I was back at work, could start driving again and lead a normal life. I want to support the appeal because I know, first hand, the difference this has made to me.”

Simon said the support he received from shoppers and colleagues had been overwhelming: “People have been so generous, putting donations into the buckets and wishing me well, and the management have been wonderful in supporting me.

“I’m just so pleased to have raised so much for this fantastic cause.”

You can support the NANOC appeal and fund out more here

Picture captions: John Paul Garside Charity Director with Tom Niblock, Manager Sainsbury’s Longwater; Sainsbury’s staff with John Paul Garside (Simon Game is 4th from left)

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Augmented reality headsets purchased by the charity

State-of-the-art augmented reality headsets have been purchased by the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity to be used for interventional radiology research, training and surgical planning.

The HoloLens Augmented Reality headset works by overlaying digital images onto the clinician’s field of view, allowing surgeons to easily access imaging and other data during surgery.

Two headsets and software were purchased thanks to a £35,000 grant from the charity.

Registrar Jordan Curl-Roper said the equipment was being used for teaching, training and research and has huge potential to benefit patients.

“A patient will have a CT scan before undergoing a procedure and the surgeon needs to memorise these images.

“The HoloLens headset enables the surgeon to have the scan images, heart rate and other observations directly in front of them and can be easily referenced, which helps enormously during surgery.

“This also speeds up the procedure which reduces the radiation dose, benefitting both patients and staff.”

At the moment, the headsets are being used for training and research but it is hoped they will be used on patients in the near future once approval is granted.

Julie Cooper, Head of Grants, said: “This is a really exciting opportunity for the charity to be able to support innovation and use of the latest technology in our hospitals. We look forward to hearing about how this project develops, and the benefits that it will bring to NHS patients.”

Funding for the headsets was made possible thanks to generous donations to the hospital charity.

If you would like to find out more about the work of the charity, visit our website at or follow us on social media @nnhospcharity

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Norfolk Cycle Challenge to celebrate 250 years of NNUH

A new cycle challenge has been set by the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity in celebration of the hospital’s 250th anniversary.

The fitness fundraising challenge is part of the celebrations to mark the special anniversary in our county’s healthcare history, allowing the charity to also celebrate 250 years of philanthropy.

Work began on original hospital in St Stephens, in the heart of Norwich city centre, began in 1771 and opened for patients in 1772 with 100 beds, all of which could only happen with the generosity of donations. The hospital was later rebuilt at the present Colney Lane site and opened to patients in 2001.

For 2022, the N&N Hospitals Charity is challenging everyone to participate in the Norfolk Village Cycle Challenge. Whether you are a beginner or a more experienced cyclist, we want you to get on your bike to fundraise and or donate in multiples of £25 to represent the 250 years of charitable donations that has benefited our NHS hospital.

Among the challenges are to cycle to and around as many of Norfolk’s villages and towns; choose to cycle 2.5, 25 or 250 miles to mark our anniversary or even tailor an option to suit your own specific requirements, ability and timelines.

The aim is to have fun fundraising and to go out and visit the amazing landmarks around our beautiful county.

To find out more and download your pack: or

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