Norwich City kit auction raises thousands for Norfolk hospitals

Shirts worn by Norwich City players and other football-related items from the club have raised £15,243.42 for Norfolk’s three main hospitals.

Among the highlights were a Norwich City squad signed shirt which sold on the auction site eBay for £780 and a pair of shorts worn by Todd Cantwell which sold for £107.

Other shirts included those worn by players for the club’s game against Preston North End on Good Friday which featured an NHS rainbow logo.

In total, 44 items were sold with proceeds from the auctions split between the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, the James Paget University Hospital and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in King’s Lynn.

The club decided to raise funds to support staff and give back to those who have gone above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The auction was the latest COVID-19 initiative run by the club over the past 12 months which has included club employees calling the lonely and vulnerable for a chat and delivering cakes and signed shirts to care homes and hospitals.

Head of Fundraising at the N&N Hospitals Charity Louise Cook said: “We are so grateful to Norwich City Kit Manager Pete Dye and everyone at the club who have raised this incredible amount for our hospital.

“Our staff have truly gone above and beyond in treating patients during the pandemic and we are delighted that this money raised through the club will go directly to supporting the welfare of our staff.”

Maxine Taylor, Charity Co-ordinator for James Paget University Hospital, said: “Thank you so much Norwich City Football Club and everyone involved in making this happen – what a fantastic amount raised!

“The monies will be used to support the welfare of our staff, who over the last year have worked tirelessly to support the local community and treat patients at our hospital.”

Head of Staff Engagement & Events at QEH, Amanda-Jane Weir added: “We are so very thankful and truly humbled for the hard work and kindness demonstrated by Pete and his colleagues at Norwich City Football Club. The money raised will have a direct impact on the health and wellbeing of our staff at QEH who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.”

PHOTO: Deputy Chief Nurse Yvonne presented our Certificate of Thanks to club representatives.

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The Stock Shop reopens with new charity partnership

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital’s Stock Shop has become an official N&N Hospitals Charity partner following its reopening.

Raising awareness and essential funds, The Stock Shop, is located at the entrance of the West Atrium at NNUH and will also give staff a 20% discount.

Following the reopening of non-essential shopping, the team are raring to go and keen to support the charity that makes such a difference to staff and patients at NNUH, the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer and District Hospital.

Assistant Area Manager, Tracy Hall said: “Myself and the Norwich Stock Shop team are really excited to dedicate our fundraising activities to the N&N Hospitals Charity.

“It is very rewarding to know that all our fundraising will be allocated to our own charity within the hospital, and therefore the local community will benefit directly. We look forward to being a part of some great fundraising events within our shop during the next year, involving staff, customers and patients.”

Mercy Kaggwa, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said: “The Stock Shop has always supported the NHS and NHS staff more widely, but this new, direct and personal relationship cements the efforts that they want to make to our hospitals specifically here in Norfolk and the connection that they have with us, N&N Hospitals Charity as their Norfolk region charity of choice moving forward. We look forward to working together and assist in their fundraising which truly makes a difference for our colleagues and patients at the N&N.”

To show your support for N&N Hospitals Charity, you can purchase merchandise such as charity badges for as little as £1 in store, which is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. You can also leave a donation at the contactless donation point outside the shop itself.

If you would like to find out more or choose us as your charity of choice then visit:, follow us on twitter @NNUHCharity or email

PHOTO: Mercy Kaggwa, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, and Janine Mayo from the Stock Shop.

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National outpouring of thanks to raise money for hospital charity

The N&N Hospitals Charity is urging people to join the nation’s biggest tea break and raise money for the incredible people in our hospital who have done so much to help patients over the course of hugely difficult year.

Following a year like no other, the charity wants as many people and businesses as possible to get involved in a national outpouring of thanks for NHS by hosting or taking part in the NHS Big Tea.

Starting on Monday 5 July, which is the official day of the NHS Big Tea, the charity is urging a summer of tea parties, right through to Sunday 5 September.

Each event can be in person or virtual, with friends, family or at work, and is a chance to reflect and say thanks for everything that NHS staff and volunteers have done and continue to do, by taking part in the nation’s biggest tea break.

People can host their own event or they can show their support by taking five minutes to enjoy a tea break, donating £5 via and tagging five friends on social media @NNUHCharity and calling on them to do the same.

NNUH Medical Director Professor Erika Denton and Chief Nurse Professor Nancy Fontaine kicked off the charity’s Big Tea with a socially-distanced cuppa.

Professor Denton said: “The past year has been so incredibly difficult for everyone so we are delighted to get behind this opportunity to support our wonderful staff.  We hope as many people as possible will take part by hosting or joining a socially-distanced tea party either at work or with family and friends, or even relaxing and enjoying a tea party for one.”

Professor Fontaine added: “A cup of tea brings us all together and this summer we look forward to enjoying time with family and friends so we hope you will join us in raising a cup for the NHS Big Tea and thanking the staff who have done so much this past year to support our patients, families and each other.”

Thousands are expected to host events and NHS Charities Together has produced a pack to help those events go with a swing, to take part and get your pack, please visit:

Click HERE to download your BIG TEA Fundraising Pack.

The N&N Hospitals Charity supports patients, their families and our staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which includes the N&N Hospital, Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer Hospital. Every pound raised is invested to help provide life-saving and ground-breaking equipment, staff development, research, and enhanced environment and facilities at the Trust.

PHOTO: NNUH Chief Nurse Prof Nancy Fontaine and NNUH Medical Director Prof Erika Denton supporting the Big Tea.

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Hospital charity chosen as firm’s first ever Charity of Choice

An Attleborough business has chosen N&N Hospitals Charity to be its first ever Charity of Choice, starting with a socially-distanced fun run.

Fireworks: Fire Protection and Suppression Systems will start their fundraising with a 5K May sponsored run.

Managing Director Derek Killaspy said: “The Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity is a cause close to our hearts at Fireworks Fire Protection.

“Being based in Norfolk, many of us have used their fantastic services and we also work closely with the healthcare sector. Now we want to give something back.

“Our teams are looking forward to a great year of events to raise money for the hospitals – and we are setting our sights high. We are kicking off with a socially-distant 5K sponsored run in May and we’ll be keeping you all up to date on our website at

Charity Fundraising Coordinator Mercy Kaggwa said: “We are looking forward to supporting the team from Fireworks who are enthusiastic and have set themselves fun and exciting ways to fundraise for our hospitals within their colleague and family bubbles.

“We are especially honoured to have been chosen as their first ever charity of choice and hope to create a long-lasting relationship with the Norfolk business.”

If you would like to take part in a 5K May event, follow the link below to sign up:

The N&N Hospitals Charity supports Norfolk & Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, including the N&N, Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital and Cromer and District Hospital. To find out how your business can support the charity, please visit: email: or call 01603  287107.





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Runner’s 250-mile challenge to support hospital charity

A runner is taking part in the ultimate challenge in support of the N&N Hospitals Charity and a department close to his heart.

Ian Chilley, from Lowestoft, will take on the Thames Ring 250 in June a 250-mile unsupported race to be completed within 100 hours.

Ian, a member of Lowestoft Road Runners, is currently training 90 miles a week ahead of the race on June 23.

He said: “I have completed a number of ultra-marathons, up to 100 miles, and regular marathons but I wanted to take on a new challenge, something I haven’t done before.

“I am doing this in memory of my wife’s mum Mary Willett and our friend Martin Anderton who sadly both lost their fight against cancer.

“Both were treated at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital, so I would like to raise some money for the Colney Centre to say thank you for taking such good care of them and in recognition of the hard work you all do.

“Please remember that you do not have to give a lot as every little bit helps. So please, if you can. Donate to this worthy cause and support me on this very mad journey.”

The Thames Ring 250 follows the canals from Goring-On-Thames, to just past Northampton and back again. Runners have four days and four hours to complete the run, navigating using maps, and no outside support is allowed during the race except at checkpoints.

Ian said: “I plan to run five miles and walk 10 minutes, and then stop for a rest and some food every 75 miles.”

Lynn Crombie, Fundraising Co-ordinator, said, ‘ We are so grateful that Ian has chosen to support us in tribute to Mary and Martin. Every pound helps us enhance the care we give to  our patients and their families. This truly is the ultimate challenge and we can’t wait to follow his journey.’

You can support Ian via his JustGiving page at

To find out more about the N&N Hospitals Charity visit @NNUHCharity





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Hospital Charity Lottery starts with £25,000 jackpot

A new weekly lottery which supports the work of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity will begin this week with the chance to win a weekly £25,000 jackpot.

The Hospitals Charity raises vital funds to support the N&N Hospital, Cromer & District Hospital and the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital.

For every £1 entry, at least 50p comes directly to the N&N Hospitals Charity to help us improve the hospital environment, purchase the very latest in state-of-the-art equipment, support staff welfare and provide extra care over and above what is currently provided by the NHS.

When someone joins the hospital lottery a unique six-digit lottery number is allocated. A random winning number is drawn every Friday with the aim to match the winning numbers. A match occurs if your digits are in the same place in the same sequence as the winning number

To win a prize, you need to match three, four, five or six digits of the winning numbers in the correct sequence. Match all six-digits in sequence and you’ll win the weekly £25,000 jackpot with £1,000 for 5 matching digits and £25 for four digits.

John Paul Garside, Director of the N&N Hospitals Charity, said, “The funding from the charity lottery will help us to improve patient and staff experience, helping to fund equipment and support staff welfare above and beyond our normal NHS funding. By supporting the lottery you will help make a difference to your local hospital, its patients and staff.

“Everyone over the age of 18 can enter and you do not have to be a staff member, so feel free to spread the word among family and friends and share help us support the work of the Hospital Charity.”

To join the lottery, go to or call 0370 050 9240

Notes for Editors

The N&N Hospitals Lottery is administered by Sterling Management Centre Limited (“Sterling”) Drydale House, Newton-in-Furness, Cumbria LA13 0NB acting for the Charity under a Society Lottery licence.




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Do #100 for Captain Sir Tom

On April 6, 2020, Captain Tom Moore set off from his garden to raise money for our NHS heroes. 100 laps later, he’d raised an incredible £38.9 million for the NHS Covid-19 appeal and won the hearts of a nation.

On Friday April 30, what would have been Captain Tom’s 101st birthday, we will be honouring his legacy and his amazing achievements and we would be delighted for you to join us.

The Captain Tom Foundation is asking people of all ages and abilities to take part in the Captain Tom 100 Challenge between Friday April 30 and Monday May 3.

You can choose any activity that involves the number 100 – from walking 100 metres to baking 100 cakes, reading 100 pages of a book, learn 100 new words of a foreign language – be as creative and inventive as you like.

Among the first to sign up to support the N&N Hospitals Charity is staff member Reece Durrant who has organised to walk 100 laps of the N&N from 9am on May 1.

You can find out more and plan your very own tribute to Captain Tom and support your local hospital here.



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Chantry Place links arrival of giant rainbow to fundraising for the NHS

The recently installed giant illuminated rainbow on Chantry Square will be used to help to raise awareness and funds for The Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, part of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals (NNUH) NHS Foundation Trust, Chantry Place has announced.

Paul McCarthy, General Manager at Chantry Place, said: “We all celebrate and are in awe of our NHS heroes and the rainbow has served as a beacon of hope over the last year. So we wanted to tie its arrival into a fundraising initiative to support the incredible work of the NNUH, as well as celebrate key workers and pay tribute to those who have lost a loved one to Covid. We are also continuing to offer free parking to NHS workers to thank them for everything they are doing.”

The Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital is a major centre for specialist paediatric services in the East of England, providing acute specialist care and supporting babies, children and young people and their families.

Head of Fundraising at NNUH, Louise Cook, said: “We are delighted that Chantry Place has chosen to support the N&N Hospitals Charity and the money raised will go towards our marvellous Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, which helps so many babies, children, young people and their families across Norfolk.”

Lucy Weavers, Nurse Director for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital added: “I hope that the Rainbow makes everyone smile and encourages people to give a little to support their local Children’s Hospital.”

Chantry Place is currently open for essential shops, delivery, takeaway and Click & Collect services, with non-essential retailers and outdoor seating at restaurants on Chantry Square planning to reopen on Monday 12th April 2021.

The rainbow, recognised as a symbol of hope and of better times to come, lights up and can change colour, and is a new outdoor feature on the Square. People can donate at the 5.8 metre wide by 2.4 metre high rainbow using a QR code.

Visitors to the rainbow are encouraged to use #ChantryPlaceRainbow when sharing photos of the rainbow on Instagram.

People can also donate to The Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital by going to

For more information on Chantry Place visit or follow chantryplacenorwich on social media.

Notes to Editors:

 Chantry Place

Chantry Place is home to over 90 fantastic shops, cafés and restaurants, including Apple, Zara and House of Fraser, and offers an unrivalled retail and dining experience in Norwich. With national, international and homegrown brands, an Escape Hunt experience and convenient, city centre parking, Chantry Place has everything under one roof and is the perfect destination to shop, meet, dine and enjoy.

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First look at plans for new look breast cancer unit

Artist impressions of the new waiting area and reception for people attending the NNUH breast cancer unit have been revealed by the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity, which is supporting the project.

The new unit is continuing to take shape with all the necessary equipment now in place, funded by donations to the N&N Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Appeal.

Detailed consultations have taken place with patients and staff to find out what is needed for the environment and once these areas are completed, work will begin on the counselling rooms for patients.

The current breast cancer unit handles all referrals of suspected breast cancer from GPs – a number which has almost doubled in recent years. It is where patients undergo the range of procedures that determine if a lump is cancerous and, if so, where their treatment plan begins.

The Boudicca Breast Cancer appeal has so far raised £450,000 to fund the new equipment.

Donations have already 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. A Hologic LOCalizer guidance system is also being used 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: “The next stage of the breast cancer unit will see us invest in enhancing the environment for patients and staff at the unit. Having all these improvements to the expanded breast unit will give patients a more holistic experience in a soothing environment. The unit will have rooms designed for individual patient use, quiet rooms for privacy and dignity. Extra space will allow for continued improvements to the support we offer patients.”

Like many charities, the Covid-19 pandemic has severely restricted fundraising in the normal way, so the N&N Hospitals Charity has used existing funds to get the second part of the work on the unit under way.

However, the charity is still actively fundraising to complete the project and if you would like to support the appeal please go to our website and find out how you can help

For more information #NNUHCharity @NNUHCharity1

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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.

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal, go to



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