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Physio students take charity challenge underground

A team from the University of East Anglia (UEA) is going underground for a summer challenge to support the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Having completed this academic year’s exams, members of the UEA Physiotherapy Society have moved their focus to fundraising and will be running, walking or cycling the total sum of miles of the London underground tracks.

The challenge will take place over 48 hours on August 8 and 9 and funds raised will be split between the charity’s adult and children physiotherapy funds which are used to support physio teams at the N&N through supplying extra equipment or specialist training for staff.

Jessica MacFarlane, physiotherapy student and fundraising and campaign officer for the Physiotherapy Society at the UEA, said: “As a society we are greatly interested in supporting the N&N as our dedicated charity throughout the upcoming academic year.

“We feel it is important to connect with our local community and believe supporting the N&N, as our local trust, is a great opportunity to accomplish this.”

Lynn Crombie, from N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “We are delighted that the Physiotherapy Society has chosen to support our charity and, in particular, the physiotherapy team here at the N&N.

“We have a close relationship with our colleagues at the UEA and it’s fantastic that they have come up with such as exciting challenge and we look forward to seeing their results.”

If you would like to support the team, donations can be made here

For more details about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can help, visit https://www.nnuh.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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‘Lockdown Pots’ raise £1,031 for hospital charity

Two potters have raised more than £1,000 for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity from the sale of ‘Lockdown Pots’ made to mark the first six weeks of lockdown in England.

Charlotte Harrison, from Saxlingham Nethergate, and Jo Scholfield, from Bungay, made 42 pots each from 23 March to 4 May which were given in return for a donation at a table-top sale at Adelaide House, Saxlingham Nethergate, last month.

Facing the difficulties of accessing materials during lockdown, both potters used the limited clay and materials they had to hand at the time.Jo, left, and Charlotte prepare for the sale

Charlotte made 42 flower pots each stamped with ‘Lockdown Pot’ and Jo made 42 small cylindrical vases each stamped with ‘NHS’ and ‘Lockdown’. A sunflower was grown to be given with every flower pot and a posy of garden flowers was given with every vase.

Thanks to the donations, £1,031 was raised for the charity which will go to the Critical Care Complex (also known as the Intensive Care Unit).

Charlotte said: “We never expected to gather such huge local support and to raise so much money, but people were moved to donate generously for the NHS and to have a me mento of Lockdown.

“We would both like to thank everyone involved for helping to make this project a great success.”

Lynn Crombie, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “We are always grateful to our fundraisers who enable us to do so much more to enhance the care which patients receive at our hospital.

“The money raised will make a huge difference to our team on the Critical Care Unit as well as the patients and their families who may use these facilities in the future.”

For more information about N&N Hospitals Charity, go to www.nnuh.org.uk or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NNUHCharity or www.facebook.com/nnuhcharity1/

 

 

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Turf cutting event marks start of hospital expansion at Cromer

Hospital and charity representatives gathered to mark the start of work on a state-of-the-art cancer care and support centre at Cromer and District Hospital.

They were joined by Norwich-based firm Pentaco Construction Ltd which won the contract for the work, which will see the refurbishment and extension of the Davison Unit, a disused ward at the hospital.

The North Norfolk Macmillan Centre is being funded and built in partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity.

The building work on the £4.85million project is expected to take around a year, with the new centre enabling patients with cancer to access treatment and support closer to home.
The centre will include:

• Six chemotherapy treatment chairs with capacity to treat up to 36 patients a day.
• Three new clinic rooms and two new minor procedure rooms, creating an additional 10,000 outpatient appointments annually and space for new cancer diagnostics, including prostate biopsy.
• A Macmillan cancer information and support centre.
• The new unit will also free up space in the main Cromer Hospital building to deliver an extra 600 surgical procedures in dermatology, urology, vascular surgery and pain management.

Jo Haywood, chair of Macmillan’s North Norfolk Fundraising Committee, said: “It’s wonderful to see building work progressing and this will make such a difference to cancer patients living in North Norfolk who are currently travelling to Norwich for their treatment.

“Cromer Hospital was originally built using public donations so there’s a great parallel there between what happened then and the current work. This means so much to the people of North Norfolk.”

Sam Higginson, Chief Executive of NNUH said: “This is an important step in delivering extra services at Cromer as part of our mission to deliver first class treatments to the population in North Norfolk and further afield. We are delighted to see the work get underway providing additional capacity to meet the needs of an older, rural patient group.”

For more information about N&N Hospitals Charity, go to www.nnuh.org.uk or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NNUHCharity or https://www.facebook.com/nnuhcharity1/

 

 

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Jacob’s charity challenge to make memories with grandad

A seven-year-old boy is walking, cycling and scooting the distance from his grandad’s house in Norwich to York Train Museum to raise money for the hospital department where his grandad is being treated for terminal cancer.

Jacob Gravestock, from Dereham, began the challenge on June 19 and aims to complete the 188 miles in 70 days.

He said: “My wonderful grandad Colin Clarke was diagnosed with terminal bowel cancer just before lockdown in March. He has been very brave and strong and loves me lots.

“I want to raise money for Weybourne Day Unit at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital because they give my grandad his palliative chemotherapy to help keep him with us for longer so we can make more memories.

“I am going to walk, cycle and scoot the distance from grandad’s house to York Train Museum because it is a place that grandad and I love visiting together. If you would like to sponsor me that would be incredible.”

So far, the youngster has already raised more than £1,000 and the family is using Virtual Mission to record his progress.

Mum Danielle said: “You can see on the link how many miles he is averaging a day but I would say between three and four miles a day.

“We are so proud of him and his determination to complete his mission. We have all been very touched by the incredible donations and words of encouragement that Jacob has received for this fundraising challenge.

“Every kind word and donation given, gives Jacob a real boost to get out and do more miles.”

You can donate to Jacob’s fundraising page here.

Lynn Crombie, from the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “What an amazing little boy Jacob is and we thank him so much for doing such a remarkable challenge for our charity and in particular, our team on the Weybourne Unit.

“We hope Jacob makes so many more special memories with his grandad.”

For more information about N&N Hospitals Charity, go to www.nnuh.org.uk or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NNUHCharity or https://www.facebook.com/nnuhcharity1/

 

 

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Football world backs cancer appeal

The football world has once again thrown its support behind the N&N Hospitals Charity to raise money for the Acute Oncology Service at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Former England, West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool footballer Joe Cole and BT Sport presenter and Norfolk-born Jake Humphrey are among those backing the appeal.

Teams from across the country, and further afield, have donated a selection of amazing prizes, including a Liverpool Cap signed by Jurgen Klopp, signed Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, RB Leipzig, West Ham, Norwich City and Arsenal shirts, a signed Chelsea shirt and ball and a shirt signed by Liverpool’s Sadio Mane.

It follows similar donations for a raffle last year which raised money to help purchase a piece of equipment to treat ovarian cancer patients.

Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) is being introduced at NNUH, which will soon be used for hot chemotherapy baths to the abdomen at the end of surgery for ovarian cancer.

Both campaigns have been spearheaded by fundraiser David Giess who has worked in the football industry and whose wife, Anne, was treated for ovarian cancer at NNUH. Sadly, she passed away last September, but fundraising has continued in her memory.

Former England, West Ham, Chelsea and Liverpool footballer Joe Cole said: “My dear friend was treated at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital for ovarian cancer from which she died last year, leaving us all devastated.

“However, I have been hugely impressed at the excellent treatment Anne received by all the teams at NNUH.

“I have donated to the hospital’s VOiCE campaign last year and am delighted to support this new campaign to raise money for the Acute Oncology Service where Anne was also treated. Please join me in supporting this appeal and give what you can.”

The prizes for the draw have been donated by clubs to help raise money for the Acute Oncology Service (AOS) at the NNUH.

The AOS cares for patients in an emergency who develop symptoms as a result of their cancer or treatment or a new undiagnosed cancer.

Jake Humphrey said: “I am delighted to support this brilliant fundraising initiative. The items on offer are awesome, meaning people can get an exclusive bit of football memorabilia, whilst helping a good cause. The care the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital offer all patients is lifesaving, and more lives will be saved if you back this exciting fundraising drive.”

Tracey Shaw, Acting Oncology Matron for AOS, said: “We are so grateful to David and his sons for organising this and for the clubs for donating these fantastic prizes which are priceless for football and sports fans everywhere.

“We have such lovely memories of Anne and it’s so generous of David to think of our team and want to do so much to provide the things that make such a difference to our patients and their families.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions, tickets will be sold online only and the link is now live. The closing date to enter is 30 July 2020 and the draw will be held on 3 August 2020.

To enter and the chance of winning some unique prizes, get your tickets here 

Louise Cook from the Hospitals Charity, said: “In recent months, we have seen such tremendous support for our hospitals and the NHS from the whole community, from businesses to school children.

“We hope everyone gets behind this virtual raffle which is taking place thanks to the generosity of the football world so if you can, please buy a ticket, support our AOS and you could also win some fantastic prizes.”

The N&N Hospitals Charity raises money to support patients, their families and our staff at Norfolk and Norwich University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. For more information, go to www.nnuhcharity.org.uk

 

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N&N Hospitals Charity makes landmark donation

The Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity has made its single biggest donation in its history with a £1.8m grant for the expansion of Cromer Hospital.

Currently most people from the Cromer area have to travel to Norwich for treatment and the new centre will enable more people to access cancer treatment and support closer to home.

The centre will include:
• Six chemotherapy treatment chairs with capacity to treat up to 36 patients a day.
• Three new clinic rooms and two new minor procedure rooms, creating an additional 10,000 outpatient appointments annually and space for new cancer diagnostics, including prostate biopsy
• A Macmillan cancer information and support centre
• The new unit will also free up space in the main Cromer Hospital building to deliver an extra 600 surgical procedures in dermatology, urology, vascular surgery and pain management.

This donation comes swiftly on the back of two of the largest donations the charity has made to the trust in the last 10 years: £1m for a surgical robot and £600,000 towards the trust’s mobile cancer unit. Both of these grants were the charity’s largest in its history.

Head of Charity and Trust Secretary John Paul Garside said: “Last year’s spending programme was the largest for a decade. These grants help to improve patient and staff experience by funding innovative projects such as the surgical robot.”

Some of the grants given to the trust have been done so using money raised through NHS Charities Together (of which we are a member) which includes finds from Colonel Sir Tom Moore’s £39m.

Mr Garside said: “I would like to thank everyone who has raised funds for the charity to enable us to make these significant contributions. We value hugely the support we receive from our community, near and far.”

The charity is not resting on its laurels, and has ambitious plans to continue developing its capacity to benefit patients in the next year through research, education, purchase of equipment, staff support and providing ‘extras’ that are not otherwise available through the NHS.

Notes to editors
Charity grants also include:
• £571k to establish a mobile chemotherapy service
• £200k in supporting research, especially in healthy ageing and the North Norfolk population
• £10,000 for a joint project with Big C to provide welfare packages for post-op and post-chemo cancer patients;
• £2,680 to fund a Master’s programme for a member of the Oncology Team
• £10,000 to supporta research project relating to the treatment of retinal detachment, in conjunction with King’s College Hospital
• £500 for additional breast pumps for mothers with babies on NICU
• £7,800 to implement a remote monitoring system for patients with Motor Neurone Disease
• £312 for ‘poppy’ cards for use by the Palliative Care service, initially to communicate with families who have suffered a bereavement as a result of Covid.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the charity has made donations, but also shifted its activity to sourcing and co-ordinating gifts. It has:
• Spent £17,000 on hand cream for staff, to counter the effects of repeated handwashing and use of antiseptic gel;
• Sourced iPads to help patients in isolation talk to loved ones
• Sourced 21 fridges, 24 microwaves and 26 kettles for additional staff rest areas in the hospital (thanks to the generosity of Hughes Electricals and John Lewis)
• Delivered 11,000 Easter eggs
• Distributed 1,000 bouquets of flowers to staff
• Provided shower gel and shampoo in all the temporary showers erected on the NNUH site, (sourced through Cringleford Waitrose, Tesco, the Rotary Club of Norwich, Morrisons, Lush, Lucy Bee, Body Shop, Avon)
• Arranged for ‘farm shops’ to sell produce on site three times a weekfor staff who were finding it difficult to access supermarkets

The trust also co-ordinates its Amazon Wish list for patients and the public who want to show their support for the work of the Hospital and its staff. This allows them to pick items which they know will be useful to the trust.

Details of current appeals that people can support are on the Charity website www.nnuhcharity.org.uk
If you or people you know are making purchases through Amazon, please remember to use AmazonSmile and select N&N Hospital Charity as your chosen charity (the Charity will receive a donation of 0.5% of the purchase price).

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Nurse turns ring designer and boosts hospital charity

A cheque for £1,565 has been donated to the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity thanks to a paediatric nurse who won a competition to design a ring.

Julia Ali, a paediatric nurse on Buxton Ward got creative after seeing the competition online by Maya Magal, a bespoke jewellery store based in London.

Entrants were tasked with designing a ring as a creative distraction during the Covid-19 pandemic and submit their paper drawings for consideration.

Julia, who has worked at NNUH for five years, was delighted to have been announced the winner and receive the prize of seeing her limited-edition ring designed and sold to the public.

The £1,565 proceeds of the sale of the rings during the past two months have now been donated by Maya Magal to Julia’s chosen charity, the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital fund, part of the N&N Hospitals Charity.

Julia said: “Over the past couple of months I have been overwhelmed, challenged and privileged to do the job I do, I couldn’t do my job without all the amazing people I work with and the support we give one another.

“I wanted to design a ring which represents positivity, the community spirit and support for the NHS and Key Workers.

“I have enjoyed walks seeing all the rainbows everywhere which has brought smiles to so many faces in these challenging times.”

Children’s Matron Teresa Miles said: “We are all very proud of Julia and delighted her inspirational design was chosen by Maya Magal.

“Julia is a very valued member of our JLCH team who has supported our patients throughout this challenging period.

“A few of us loved the ring so much, we had to purchase ourselves.”

For more information about N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can support it, go to www.nnuh.org.uk or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NNUHCharity and www.facebook.com/nnuhcharity1/

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Nine-year-old Phoebe climbing high for hospital charity

A nine-year-old girl has climbed 1,300 flights of stairs during a lockdown challenge to raise money for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

Phoebe Davison set herself the challenge to climb as many flights of stairs at her home as she could in a week, raising a fantastic £505 for the charity.

The 1,300 flights is equivalent to the 15-mile distance from Phoebe’s home in Dereham to the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Phoebe said: “I know that Coronavirus is affecting many families in lots of different ways at the moment and I wanted to help.

“I told my Mum that I didn’t think I was helping much by staying at home and that I wanted to do more so I had the idea that I could raise money for the NHS even in my own home.

“I tried to climb 200 flights of stairs each day but near the end I just did as many as I could. My whole family helped out. My sisters Ava and Margot climbed some with me and helped me to keep tally and my Mum, Dad and brother Logan were like coaches, encouraging me to keep going.

Mum, Laura, and Dad, Justin, said: “We are so very proud of Phoebe, she has a big heart and cares a lot about the world around her. She and always tries her hardest to help others.”

N&N Hospitals Charity Coordinator Lynn Crombie said: “We have been overwhelmed by the incredible support from the local community throughout these difficult times.

“Phoebe is truly inspiring and her generosity and determination has helped her raise a fantastic amount for our hospital charity. Hearing about challenges like this has a hugely positive impact on the morale of our staff and patients.”

To find out more about the work of the hospital charity and how you can help, visit our website at www.nnuhcharity.org.uk or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NNUHCharity and https://www.facebook.com/nnuhcharity1/

 

 

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Apple store runners turn lockdown into charity challenge

A team of runners from the Apple store in Norwich have completed a 345 mile race to raise money for Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

The team, led by Tom Newman from the Apple store in Norwich, took part in the virtual race from Norwich to London then on to Leicester and back raising more than £2,000.

He said: “The idea came to mind during a run. ‘Could I run to London in a week?’ Probably not alone but as a team we might be able to and it seemed like a realistic short-term challenge.

“We saw the fantastic work others have been doing for charity and Apple stores around the UK have been getting involved supporting the community so I felt like we too could rise to a challenge, have some fun and raise some money.”

The store has a small running group and the challenge opened up to some non-runners, including those who wanted to walk or cycle, with the cyclists facing a handicap.

The team was made up of Tom, Carly, Charley, Aimee, Erin, Jesper, Marcus, Rob, Scott, Sean, Adam, Beth, Ellie, Jade, Jasper, Mark, Sam, Heidi, Vicky and Jason.

Tom said: “The team really put in the effort and we completed the distance in two days, after deciding to continue from London to Leicester where one of our staff members had been staying with parents when lockdown started. Everyone put in such an incredible effort.

“The results have been incredible and it’s amazing the money which has been raised for the charity. It really helped lift the spirits of everyone involved. We were able to work together as a team during the time we have been apart and it helped keep us that bit closer together.”

N&N Hospitals Charity Coordinator Lynn Crombie said: “We are so grateful to the team at Apple for thinking of us and raising such a fantastic amount – thank you to them and everyone who supported the team.
“It’s lovely to hear how the team also used the challenge to work together while being apart.”

To find out more : www.nnuhcharity.org.uk

 

 

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Shielded woman’s 125-mile virtual walk for hospital charity

A woman who is shielding at home during the coronavirus pandemic has completed a 125-mile virtual walk with her husband to raise more than £2,500 for the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

Sue Gresham, from Holt, has a rare autoimmune liver condition and has to take steroids and other strong medication.

Sue said: “In any other circumstances, Simon and I would be volunteering to help others, so we wanted to do something in whatever way we could for the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and particularly for my consultant and his Liver Research team who’ve looked after me since 2011.

“We set ourselves the challenge of each walking the equivalent mileage of the journey from Holt to Oxted, Surrey for a virtual visit to Simon’s mother, by walking around the outside of our house, which we thought would be about 5,000 or more circuits.”

The couple completed their challenge this week, completing the 125 miles in 48 days, and 330,582 steps.
Sue and Simon said they intend to keep walking: “Depending on when our lockdown ends or when the trainers wear out, we might even attempt the return trip or, at least, a virtual walk from Holt to the Hospital to hand over the money.

“We’re bowled over by the very generous support we’ve received already but, all the time we’re walking, we’d love for people to keep giving because we know that so many people in Norfolk will owe so much to the N&N, either for care in the past or in times to come.”

Lynn Crombie, from N&N Hospitals Charity said: “We have been following Sue and Simon’s progress over the weeks and we are so grateful to them for supporting the charity and, in turn, the staff and patients at our hospital.

“People have been carrying out exceptional challenges during this unprecedented period and this is another example of how amazing our fundraisers are.”

Donations can be made via Sue’s Justgiving page https://justgiving.com/fundraising/Sue-Gresham

For more information about the N&N Hospitals Charity and how you can help, go to www.nnuh.org.uk

 

 

 

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