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Friend’s stroke awareness praised by consultant

A woman’s quick-thinking after spotting the signs of a stroke in her friend has been praised by the doctor who treated her.

Winifred Joyce Tew, known as Joyce, was returning home to Watton from a shopping trip to Norwich when her friend Joyce Fenn recognised the warning signs of a stroke.

Fortunately the next bus stop was the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and help was summoned. Mrs Tew was rushed to the Emergency Department where a CT head scan confirmed she had suffered a stroke.

Joyce Tew, pictured in the summer.

She was treated by Stroke Consultant Dr Kneale Metcalf for 16 days before she sadly died on 20 June.

However, Dr Metcalf praised the quick thinking of Mrs Fenn who gave her 95-year-old friend a chance of recovery: “The actions of Mrs Fenn were so critical in giving Mrs Tew a chance of recovery. Early diagnosis and treatment is critical in Stroke Medicine. Sadly a favourable outcome wasn’t meant to be in this case. I’ll never forget how Mrs Fenn reacted and supported her friend.” 

The main symptoms of stroke can be remembered with the word FAST:

  • Face – the face may have dropped on one side, the person may not be able to smile, or their mouth or eye may have dropped.
  • Arms – the person with suspected stroke may not be able to lift both arms and keep them there because of weakness or numbness in one arm.
  • Speech – their speech may be slurred or garbled, or the person may not be able to take at all despite appearing to be awake; they may also have problems understanding what you’re saying to them.
  • Time – it’s time to dial 999 immediately if you see any of these signs or symptoms.

Mrs Tew’s daughter, Janet Walmsley, said: “My mother was on the bus with Joyce, showing her some family photos when Joyce noticed mum’s mouth had dropped and knew she was having a stroke – her husband and daughter had both had strokes so she knew straight away to get her to hospital.

“By the time I had reached her bedside it was evident that any prospect of recovery was bleak, although she staggered us by her ability to answer questions and still had her extraordinary sense of humour.

“We had all thought she would live to be 100, however that wasn’t to be, but she had a remarkably healthy 95 years of life, not taking any medication and living independently.”

Earlier this month, Janet raised £800 for the Stroke team, part of the N&N Hospitals Charity, from a puppy picnic party for her dog’s puppies as they went off to their new homes. Her family are all very grateful for the continuing support from friends.

Janet and Joyce returned to the NNUH to meet Dr Metcalf again and hand over the donations to the Stroke team who cared for their mum and friend.

More information about recognising the signs of a stroke is available here www.nhs.uk/conditions/stroke/

If you would like to support the hospital charity, contact fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk or visit the charity website at nnuh.org.uk/

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Woman’s 84-mile charity challenge raises £1,600

A woman has completed the 84-mile Norfolk Coast Path raising almost £1,600 to support the hospital where she was twice treated for breast cancer.

Judith Marney set off from Hunstanton, in west Norfolk, on 26 July accompanied by friend Jeanne Heal to tackle the walk to Hopton on the north east Norfolk coast, with husband John acting as support crew.

Along with sponsorship, the team picked up donations along the way all of which have gone to Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal which is raising money for a new dedicated Breast Cancer Unit which will offer a same-day diagnosis service to all patients.

Judith chose the appeal after her own treatment from breast cancer, first 22 years ago, and for a second time last September when she was recalled to the N&N following a routine mammogram.

She said: “This should have been the last before my 70th birthday. Following my diagnosis, the treatment that I received proceeded quickly and efficiently and hopefully, I am now cancer free. My two cancers have been in different breasts and, I’m told, were unrelated. I’ve just been unlucky.

“Without the dedicated care of the staff, surgeons, oncologists, radiologists, radiographers, nurses and students throughout the N&N, my prognosis wouldn’t be as good as it is.

Director of the NNUH Breast Imaging Unit Dr Arne Juette, accompanied by members of his team, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Judith Marney, and husband John.

Director of the NNUH Breast Imaging Unit Dr Arne Juette, accompanied by members of his team, presents a Certificate of Appreciation to Judith Marney, and husband John.

“When I first had cancer, within nine months of completing treatment I ran the London Marathon to raise funds for a cancer charity. Some 22 years on, affected by arthritis and back problems, I’m unable to run any more but I decided to walk the coastal path in six days, six month

s after completing treatment, accompanied by my very good friend, Jeanne, who has been around for both of my cancer journeys.”

Judith ended her walk at Potter’s Leisure resort at Hopton and were greeted to a reception and a cheque for £250 to add to the funds and a VIP tea in the ballroom.

She said: “It was unbelievably generous and was somewhat emotional to receive such support at the end of a gruelling challenge. Thank you Potters.”

The Boudicca Appeal which was launched at the end of last year, and has already raised more than £210,000 towards the dedicated breast cancer unit at the hospital,
Equipment has already been purchased with the funds already raised so patients can start to benefit as soon as possible.
Dr Arne Juette, Director of the NNUH Breast Imaging Unit, thanked Judith for her support when she and John visited the hospital to present the team with the money she had raised.

He said: “Thank you to Judith for taking part in this challenge during what was one of the hottest weeks of the year, to support of our Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal. It means so much to the team here to have support like this.”

If you would like to support the Boudicca Appeal, contact fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk

 

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Car unveiled as charity raffle prize

A brand new car is being raffled in aid of the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal and the official unveiling took place yesterday at outpatients west.

The N&N Hospitals Charity, the official NNUH charity, has partnered with five rotary clubs from Norwich, the Desira Group in association with Suzuki and East Bilney Coachworks to raffle a Suzuki Swift SZ3.

The raffle, organised by the Norwich Rotary Clubs will run until 6 December 2019 and the winning ticket will be drawn the day after the NNUH Christmas Fair.

For a donation of just £5 towards the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal, you will receive a raffle ticket and all donations will help the appeal move towards its fundraising target of £800,000.

To buy your ticket:

  • see the volunteers near the main restaurant from 1.30pm to 4pm each Wednesday afternoon (starting today)
  • call the fundraising team on ext 3107

Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive, says: “Breast cancer affects many families across Norfolk and Waveney and we are determined to provide the very best care we can to our patients. It is gratifying to see the whole community coming together to support on our mission and we are especially grateful to the Desira Group and East Bilney Coachworks for donating this amazing prize.”

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “We hope that people will be inspired to take part in the draw and help us raise £20,000 towards our Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal. With every ticket you buy, not only do you have a great chance of winning, but you are also supporting the appeal in a fun way.”

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Teams tackle water challenge for Boudicca Appeal

Brave competitors descended on Whitlingham Adventure on Sunday to take part in a special It’s A Knockout contest, raising money for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

The event was organised by Norfolk Snowsports Club – one of a number of events the club is running as part of its pledge to support the appeal this year.

The weather was perfect for the teams to work together and tackle the water relay while competitors and spectators were also able to enjoy a BBQ, with all proceeds going to the breast cancer appeal.

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Among those taking part were two teams form the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital breast imaging unit and teams from the Snowsports Club itself.

The Boudicca Appeal which was launched at the end of last year, and has already raised more than £210,000 towards a dedicated breast cancer unit at the hospital which will offer a same-day diagnosis service to all patients.

Equipment has already been purchased with the funds already raised and patients are already benefiting.

Club Secretary Rebecca Matthews said: “Norfolk Snowsports Club is very proud to be helping to raise funds for the Boudicca appeal.

“This horrible illness affects so many individuals and their families and the period between referral and diagnosis can be a frightening place to be, so it is great for us to be able to contribute to the purchase of improved diagnostic equipment.”

Dr Arne Juette, Director of the NNUH Breast Imaging Unit, said: “A heartfelt thank you to all who have helped organise this event and who have come in support of our NNUH Boudicca Breast Unit! We want to do right by our patients and could not do it without your support.”

Lynn Crombie, from N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “We’d like to thank Norfolk Snowsports Club and Rebecca Matthews for organising this fantastic event as well as all those who took part – everyone looked to have a fantastic time and what a brilliant way to raise money for the Boudicca Appeal.”

If you would like to support the appeal or organise a fundraising event, contact fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk

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Solicitors’ fundraising success for Boudicca Appeal

Clapham and Collinge solicitors in Norwich have proven to be not just great lawyers, but also skilled bakers and fundraisers supporting N&N Hospitals Charity’s Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

Organised by Client Relations Manager Emma Flock, the team put on a fantastic fundraising day on Friday 30th August with amazing cakes and bakes, a charity car wash and raffle. After raising £430 on the day, their fundraising total stands at £750 and Emma is determined to reach her target of £1,000.

Emma said: ‘‘Following my breast cancer diagnosis in July 2018, I received excellent care by Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, but the hardest part was waiting for the results and fearing the unknown.

“The Boudicca Appeal which was launched at the end of last year, has already raised more than £200,000 towards a dedicated breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which will offer a same-day diagnosis service to all patients.

“Based on my own personal experience, I’m so passionate about this appeal and recognise the importance of this dedicated unit and the difference it will make to people’s lives.’’

Equipment has already been purchased with the funds already raised and patients are already benefiting.

Lynn Crombie, from N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “We want to thank Emma, the team at Clapham and Collinge and everyone who helped to raise this fantastic amount for our appeal.

“The new breast cancer unit will make a real difference to the experience which thousands of patients have each year when receiving care and we thank everyone who is supporting us.”

Clapham & Collinge LLP is a local firm of solicitors based in Norwich, with offices in North Walsham and Sheringham. Clapham & Collinge specialise in a range of services including conveyancing, family law, wills, trusts and probate. They also offer a range of commercial services including debt recovery, litigation and disputes, employment law and commercial property.

 

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Charity partners with local firms and Rotary for raffle

A brand new car is being raffled in aid of the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal starting on Tuesday 10 September when the car will be unveiled at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH).

The N&N Hospitals Charity, the official NNUH charity, has partnered with five rotary clubs from Norwich, the Desira Group in association with Suzuki and East Bilney Coachworks to raffle a Suzuki Swift SZ3.

The raffle, organised by the Norwich Rotary Clubs will run until 6 December 2019 and the winning ticket will be drawn the day after the NNUH Christmas Fair.

For a donation of just £5 towards the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal, people will receive a raffle ticket and all donations will help the appeal move towards its fundraising target of £800,000.

Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive, says: “Breast cancer affects many families across Norfolk and Waveney and we are determined to provide the very best care we can to our patients. It is gratifying to see the whole community coming together to support on our mission and we are especially grateful to the Desira Group and East Bilney Coachworks for donating this amazing prize.”

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “We hope that people will be inspired to take part in the draw and help us raise £20,000 towards our Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal. With every ticket you buy, not only do you have a great chance of winning, but you are also supporting the appeal in a fun way.”

Stuart Stone, Managing Director, Desira Group Plc said: “We are very proud to be supporting The Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal. This charity works tirelessly for a cause to which everyone can relate. If our help and assistance is able to play just a small part in raising money then it is well worth it. We wish the Appeal success over the next few weeks with its draw. Many of our staff, friends, family and customers will have used the NNUH, and many more have been affected by cancer. We hope that our support to the Boudicca Appeal and the hospital charity will make a difference to local people.’’

“In choosing the prize, we have picked out a car that we think will have wide appeal and we hope everyone will love this great supermini which practical, fun and economical to drive.”

Vince Pearson from Norwich Centenary Rotary Club said: “Having been invited to the launch of the appeal last October, we wanted to get involved and we are very proud of the fact that all five Norwich Clubs are supporting the appeal and are currently busy selling raffle tickets at various events. The hospital plays an important role in the lives of local people and this is our way of repaying that support.’’

Tickets will be on sale in the Hospital and will be drawn on Friday 6 December at the NNUH and the winner will be notified on the day. For more information, email communications@nnuh.nhs.uk

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Top Norfolk chef returns for NNUH cupcake contest

To mark the return to our screens of the hit television series Great British Bake Off, budding bakers at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) have been invited to take part in their very own Cupcake Bake Off.

After a hugely successful contest last year, top Norfolk Chef Richard Hughes, who assists Serco with their menus at NNUH, will be back to judge the cakes.

At the end of the event, the cakes will be sold with proceeds going to the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Richard, who is chef director at The Assembly House Norwich and owner of Richard Hughes Cookery School, has donated a first prize of a private cookery lesson for two at the Assembly House.

To become Star Baker, each entrant must present five of their finest cupcakes to be judged by Richard on 4 October.

The hospital has had a long-running special relationship with the Great British Bake Off following the appearance of the hospital’s very own nurse Kate Barmby in 2016.

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “We hope as many staff take part and have some fun – even if they are not regular bakers. We are delighted that Richard and our colleagues at SERCO are involved in this fun event.’’

Richard Hughes said: “The hospital charity and the NHS help so many different people and I am delighted to be involved in bringing a little bit of fun and some cooking activities to the hospital.”

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Hospital charity team completes RunNorwich

Thank you to the 50-strong team which took part in RunNorwich 2019 on Sunday, all raising money for the N&N Hospitals Charity.

We hope you have all recovered from what was another very hot but very enjoyable run and the biggest ever with a record 6,198 runners completing the 10k run through the city.

It was the fifth year of the run, organised by the Community Sports Foundation, and was the first in its new July fixture in the calendar. It was the second time the hospital charity had entered a team and we will let you know how much money has been raised as soon as we get the final figures through.

Everything you have raised will make a huge difference to your chosen areas within the hospital.

Thanks again and if you have any photos you would like to share with us, please email them through and we would love to include them on our website.

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Swedish Ambassador helps Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital celebrate 165 years

As part of a year of celebration for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital His Excellency Mr Torbjörn Sohlström, Sweden’s Ambassador to the UK, visited Norwich on 11 July. He toured the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, the Children’s Ward and the Paediatric Emergency Department, meeting staff and patients.

Mark Davies, NNUH Chief Executive, says: “This visit is a great honour for us and pays tribute to Swedish Opera singer Jenny Lind whose charitable efforts helped to found the children’s hospital back in 1854.”

The hospital admitted its first inpatients way back on April 3, 1854 thanks to the generosity and goodwill of the Swedish opera singer, Jenny Lind. It was the second such hospital to open in the UK, with Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children having opened only two years earlier. At the beginning of this year, the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital, now part of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, began its year of events with an evening of music and talks.   This week a new history panel has been installed on the wall near the outpatient department.

The modern Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital provides emergency and specialist care to Children and young people from Norwich, Norfolk and often from further afield too. There is a large team of experts including medical, surgical, community and neonatal consultants, nurses, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, dietetics, speech and language therapist, play specialists, psychologist and other professionals.

This means the Jenny Lind can provide high quality multidisciplinary care from birth to adulthood for children and young people with a wide range of medical and surgical problems, whether these are long term or emergency presentations.

Pictured above is NNUH Chief Executive Mark Davies, Ambassador Torbjörn Sohlström and his wife Helena Vazquez Sohlström.

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Jan’s dedication supports Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal

A former professional ice skater is using her needlecraft skills to raise money for the N&N Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

Jan Gribble, from Hethersett, began making bags, pencil cases and other items earlier this year which are being sold with the proceeds going to the appeal, and already hundreds of pounds have been raised.

Jan was born in Blackpool and was a world-class ice skater, competing in the world professional championships, before going on to teach ice skating. After a season working with an illusionist in Blackpool, including being levitated in shows, Jan eventually trained as an accountant and moved to Norfolk with husband Tim.

Her skills with a needle are all the more impressive considering needlework wasn’t her strong point at school, but she started knitting in her late teens after an accident on the ice, and she later knitted blankets to fundraise for the home where her mum was living with dementia.

Jan said: “My sister died of cancer at the age of 54, my uncle died of leukaemia so it is very poignant  for me. Freda, my cousin survived breast cancer and will be celebrating her 80th birthday next year and her love of dogs has been the inspiration behind some the designs on some of the bags.

“I am very aware that I am high risk when it comes to cancer and I wanted to do something for charity and that’s when I heard about the Breast Cancer Appeal and got involved.”

Jan also writes poetry and has penned a poem for the charity:

Boudicca Appeal 

Every time I sew a stitch, And every bag I make. Another £1 is raised, For a cause I cannot forsake.

Cancer’s hit my family hard, Loved ones we have lost. To ease the pain or save a life, I give my time for little cost.

So every time I sit and sew, Each new design I start. I make them with my hands, But straight from my heart.

The items Jan has produced have been sold at the hospital summer fete and will be on sale at the Crafts in the Gardens event at Chapelfield Gardens, in August and again at the hospital’s Christmas Fair in December.

The Boudicca Appeal which was launched at the end of last year, has already raised £170,000 towards a dedicated breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital which will offer a same-day diagnosis service to all patients.

N&N Hospitals Charity Head of Fundraising Louise Cook said: “We are so grateful for everything Jan is doing to support the appeal.

“We always look forward to seeing her new designs and they have already proved hugely popular with visitors to our summer fete and we are sure they will be a hit at the event next month.

“The new breast cancer unit will make a real difference to the experience which thousands of patients have each year when receiving care and we thank everyone who is supporting us.”

All the proceeds from the sales of Jan’s items go directly to the Boudicca Appeal and Jan is always on the lookout for cotton fabric, including sheets which can be used as linings, zips and threads. If you have any materials or other items you would like to donate, please contact fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk

For more information about the Boudicca Appeal visit www.nnuh.org.uk/

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