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

For more information about the Boudicca Appeal visit

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MasterChefs pop-up to support Boudicca Appeal

Food lovers have been offered an experience not to be missed while also supporting future breast cancer patients at a Norfolk hospital.

Norfolk’s own MasterChef contestant Samantha Mattocks (The Delicate Diner) will be joined by two of her fellow MasterChef contestants for a pop-up night of delicious food at Old Hall Farm in Woodton.

Ajay John and Sonia Duthie, who both reached the quarter finals of the television competition, will cook with Samantha to raise funds for the N&N Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

The appeal aims to raise £800,000 to provide a dedicated breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

This would offer a one-stop-shop for patients with a same-day diagnosis service, reducing the stress and anxiety for patients who are currently asked to wait. Some £170,000 has already been raised since the appeal launched late last year and equipment for the new unit is already being purchased with the funds.

The event – The Spice Route: from Asia to Norfolk – on Saturday, July 20 from 7pm will focus on the flavour of the famous Spice Route, from its beginnings in India, across Europe and the Middle East and its arrival in the UK.

All three cooks will celebrate the very best of seasonal Norfolk produce in the menu and the evening includes cocktails and canapes on arrival followed by a six-course meal.

Local wines will be available to purchase on the night.

Spaces are limited and the event is expected to be hugely popular, so to book your place priced £60, please go to

A proportion of the ticket sale will go to the Boudicca Appeal and there will be a collection on the night.

N&N Hospitals Charity Head of Fundraising Louise Cook said: “We are so grateful for Samantha, Ajay and Sonia, as well as Rebecca Mayhew, owner of Old Hall Farm, who has given so much support to our appeal.

“This promises to be a fantastic night and certainly one not to be missed by anyone who loves good food and local produce.

“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.”

For more information about the Boudicca Appeal, go to

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MP and TV presenter abseil for breast cancer unit

Dozens of people undertook an abseil challenge on Saturday to support the Boudicca Appeal for a new dedicated breast cancer unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

The abseil team taking the plunge included ITV Anglia presenter Becky Jago, MP Clive Lewis, NNUH staff and members of the public.
The abseil down The Forum in Norwich, organised by the N&N Hospitals Charity, is part of a series of fundraising events throughout the year trying to raise £800,000 for the new unit.

Some abseilers were doing it to raise money for other departments in the hospital too. A

round 50 people took part in all, including a few passers-by who signed up to join in on the spur of the moment and it is hoped that £10,000 will be raised once all the monies are collected.
One of them, Janet Frank – a staff nurse at NNUH – was receiving treatment for breast cancer this time last year.

“I wanted to do the abseil because I was diagnosed with breast cancer in December 2017, when I was 56. It was such a shock to hear you have cancer.”

“I was having my treatment at NNUH this time last year,” she said. “I had treatment until October, luckily I was all right. I had chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery.

“My cancer was found on a mammogram. I want to encourage people to have regular scans – it’s so important to highlight it. The new breast cancer unit will be brilliant.”

After the abseil, Janet, who works on Cringleford ward, said: “It was brilliant – I did it twice!”

And the reaction of 79-year-old abseiler Win Wade was: “Brilliant! It was lovely, really enjoyed it. I’m always up for a bit of an adventure.”

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said: “We’re grateful to all abseilers, volunteers and professionals who made this a wonderful day.

“Thank you to everyone who has taken part in the abseil, including those who joined on the day, or provided a donation. Money will not only help the Boudicca Appeal but also other parts of the hospital.”

Find out more about the charity here.

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Father’s 250-mile challenge for NICU which saved his son

A father of a six-year-old boy is taking on a formidable challenge to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit where his son spent the first week of his life.

Henry Hume was born at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital in March 2013 following what had been a routine pregnancy for mum, Justina and dad Tom as they waited for the birth of their first child.

However, things quickly took an unexpected turn for the worse and baby Henry was rushed to NICU with persistent pulmonary hypertension which is a failure of the normal circulatory transition that occurs after birth.

Now, Tom, who is a vet and director at Westover Veterinary Centre, and his business partner Toby, an experienced triathlete, plan to run, cycle, swim and canoe about 250 miles starting on July 11 to raise money for NICU as a thank you to the staff on the unit for caring for Henry who is now a happy and healthy six year old.

Tom, from Thurning, near Briston, explained how joy quickly turned to fear following the birth of his son: “In layman’s terms, Henry’s lungs hadn’t inflated so his blood kept choosing the easy route, through the hole in the heart that all babies are born with, but in the process it was bypassing the lungs and circulating around his body without being re-oxygenated.

“Being a vet I had some limited understanding of the numbers on the intensive care monitors.

“The figure that I will never forget is the level of his oxygen saturation. In animals, anything less than 98% is abnormal and below 90% we would be pretty worried. I am fairly sure the numbers are similar in human medicine and I was watching as Henry’s number fell and fell, eventually bottoming out at 45%.

“The NICU team were incredible, there were five of them crowded around this tiny baby. He was too small to get intravenous access via his arms so they had to cannulate his umbilical vessels to establish IV access.

“He was then anaesthetised and placed in a coma to allow them to mechanically ventilate and inflate his lungs.”

Henry was in the coma for a week, but slowly the support machines were withdrawn and he went from strength to strength.”

Tom said: “We will both be eternally grateful for the lifesaving care in the first six hours after his arrival and then ongoing during that week.

“Ever since that day I have wanted to raise money for NICU to show my appreciation for such an incredible service and also to try and help their resources and enable them to help others.”

Tom and Toby will take on some huge challenges after setting off on July 11:

Day 1 – set off from North Walsham, run seven miles to Aylsham before swimming eight miles of the River Bure to Coltishall where they will camp for the night.

Day 2 – canoe 35 miles from Coltishall to Yarmouth.

Day 3 – cycle of 130 miles to Hunstanton.

Day 4 – run 30 miles from Hunstanton to Stiffkey.

Day 5 – run 30 miles back to North Walsham.

Tom said: “The biggest challenge in training has been getting enough time to get the miles in. I have come to the conclusion that it will be ‘alright on the night’ and that my memories of Henry’s battle to survive will be all the motivation I need to keep my moving.”

In the past, money raised for NICU has helped to pay for incubators, kangaroo chairs for parents and babies, enabled us to enhance the environment and also provided specialist training for staff.

If you would like to sponsor Tom and Toby and support NICU, visit

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NNUH fundraisers raise £10,000 for cancer charities

A fundraising duo have smashed their original £2,000 target just days before they travel to Scotland to take part in the ultimate challenge.

Lewie and Jonny (Lewis Weatherburn and Jonathan Littlewood), physiotherapists at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital, will set off on Friday to run the 96 mile-long West Highland Way.

Thanks to their ambitious plans, they have already raised £10,000 for the N&N Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal and the Big C Cancer Charity.

 This has followed a quiz and burger night, cake sale and a fantastic ball and raffle at Sprowston Manor with over 250 guests.

Lewie and Jonny, who are sharing their progress on social media under the name The Rum ‘Ol Runners, said: “We’re both currently practicing as physiotherapists at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital and have seen first-hand how many people are affected by cancer and how this impacts their day-to-day life.

“Breast cancer is something that has a special significance to Jonny’s family and we are both committed to achieving our ambitious fundraising targets.

“We are really looking forward to taking part in the West Highland Way run and hope our training pays off.

“We’ll be motivated by the kind words of support and donations that we’ve received. And also knowing that the money we have raised will make a significant difference.

“We have been overwhelmed at the incredible support and generosity from our families, friends and colleagues not forgetting the amazing businesses who have donated prizes for our events.”

Head of Fundraising at N&N Hospitals Charity Louise Cook said: “Not only have Jonny and Lewie raised an amazing amount of money for our Boudicca Appeal, they have also inspired others to get involved and make a difference.

“They are just the nicest people to work with and we can’t wait to hear about their amazing adventure in Scotland next week.”

You can follow their journey @rumolrunners on Facebook @rum_ol on Twitter and rum_ol_runners on Instagram.

You can make a donation to their appeal here

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Join Becky and become a hospital superhero

ITV Anglia presenter Becky Jago will be joining charity supporters with a head for heights to take part in an abseil down one of Norwich’s most iconic buildings.

The team will be taking part in the 50ft (15m) drop down the side of the Forum on Saturday 22 June for the N&N Hospital Charity Abseil 2019.

Becky will be joined by breast care nurses, hospital staff and members of the public, raising money for the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal.

Becky said: “When I heard about the Boudicca Breast Cancer Appeal, I wanted to get involved with the appeal which aims to create a Breast Unit to provide same-day diagnosis service for all patients at the hospital.

“It would be fantastic if there was a huge group of us all encouraging each other over the edge. – I think I may need the help!. So please join me and take the plunge for the N&N Hospital Charity.”

“It is certain to be an incredible experience that you will never forget and all for a great cause.”

Louise Cook, Head of Fundraising, said:  “This is a wonderful opportunity to do something amazing while raising vital funds for the hospital. Your fundraising efforts will make a difference so, whether you are a veteran abseiler, a newbie, newbie, flying solo or grabbing your mates and taking on the challenge as a team, don’t miss out.  Full training and equipment will be provided on the day.”

Contact to find out more. Registration is £35 and participants must raise a minimum of £100.00, full training is given on the day.

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Marathon challenge supports runner who suffered stroke

A team of more than 20 runners and walkers are preparing for a marathon challenge in support of a friend who was suddenly forced to withdraw from the iconic London Marathon on Sunday, April 28th.

Sarah Knapp, a senior registrar within the Obs & Gynae department at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH), was training for the London Marathon when, several weeks ago, she collapsed at her running club.

Sarah had a stroke and has been treated in Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge and the NNUH and is now back home where she is having intensive therapy and making fantastic progress.

However, she will now be unable to run the marathon this year so the 39-year-old’s friends and colleagues from the NNUH maternity department have decided to run the 26.2 miles for her.

In Sarah’s honour, the team will tackle the marathon distance around the hospital grounds on 28th April, raising money for Sarah’s chosen charity Heads Together and for the maternity fund, part of the N&N Hospitals Charity.

A group of midwives who support each other through running have recruited colleagues from around the department and are hoping that each person will run or walk one mile each. Sarah and her family and friends will also be joining the team on the day with Sarah hoping to walk one mile.

Sarah had planned to run the London Marathon alongside midwives Helen Bowen and Amanda Anderson and will now be showing them support on the day by sending them messages during the race.

Midwife Jo Knox said: “Sarah is a wonderful member of our close-knit team and we wanted to do something to show her the support she has from everyone.

“We felt that taking part together and undertaking the marathon would be a fun way of doing that.”

Sarah added: “Discovering that I’d had a stroke was such a shock, especially as I was the fittest I have ever been.

“However, the love and support that I have received from colleagues, friends and family has been overwhelming.

“I am so grateful to everyone who is taking part in the run and hope that we can raise as much money as possible for Heads Together and the NNUH maternity unit.”

Picture caption: Sarah, back row right, pictured with some of her running colleagues at an earlier event.

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Writer’s book to benefit NNUH Stroke Fund

A former nurse has written a book with half the proceeds from the sale going to the stroke unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital where she was treated in 2017.

Lindsay Dowding, who worked at the N&N for 13 years, was taking part in a workshop in Pottergate in Norwich when she suffered a stroke.

She was rushed to hospital within minutes and, two years on, has recovered well.

Now she has penned Charlie the Horse, Owl and the Planning Application, a modern-day fable, which will also benefit the hospital’s stroke team.

She said: The stroke pathway team were fantastic and I recovered after two nights in the acute stroke unit and they saved the day really.”

One year later, friend and artist Lynn Rutherford also suffered a serious stroke and was treated by the same team at the N&N.

Lindsay said: “She was in the opposite bed to what had been mine and she was also under the care of Consultant Stroke Physician Chit Hmu.

“The whole team was fantastic, and against all the odds she has made it and it is all down to the care we received.”

Lindsay, who retired in 2014, will be holding a launch of her book Charlie the Horse, Owl and the Planning Application at The Boars pub on Spooner Row on 17th April.

Set in the village of Spooner Row, near Wymondham, it tells the story of the animals who live in the village and how housing developments, taking over the surrounding fields affect the lives of some of the endangered species living there. Illustrations in the book are by Lynn Rutherford.

While researching the book, Lindsay discovered that the real-life horse Charlie belonged to Darren and Mel Walker, who both also work at the N&N.

Lindsay said: “Half the proceeds from the book will go to the stroke unit because, if it wasn’t for them there would be no book and we wouldn’t be doing this.

“Lynn and I so much wish to help stroke awareness, the fact that you can recover from this and get on with your life in many instances, and to thank Dr Hmu and the entire unit.

“Hospitals are having a hard time at present but their amazing work should be recognised.”

Everyone is welcome to come along to The Boars Pub at Spooner Row, Bunwell Road, on 17 April from 3-6pm.

There will be music by Composer and jazz trumpeter Chris Dowding who has written a song for the book.

Charlie the Horse, Owl and the Planning Application is available from Amazon, Jarrolds in Norwich, Reeves in Wymondham or via email at or

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