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Skin cancer treatment chair in place after radiographer’s cycle challenge

A specialist chair for patients undergoing skin cancer treatment is now in place at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital thanks to a cycling challenge by a member of staff.

Lead Therapy Radiographer, Abigael Polley, set out to cycle 1,870 miles during 2019 and 2020 as part of a sponsored challenge to raise the £4,353 needed to purchase the chair for the radiotherapy department, which helps patients who need to wait for up to 30 minutes while a personalised mask is made.

Despite the Covid-19 pandemic and lockdown, Abigael has managed to complete almost 900 miles this year, and raise more than £3,640 in donations, many from her current and past patients. Further donations to the N&N Hospitals Charity have been used to complete the purchase.

Abigael said: “Some cancer patients need personalised masks made for their skin cancer treatment and due to mobility and breathing difficulties, this chair is more appropriate for their needs than the current flat couch.

“I had a number of massive donations – both from friends and skin cancer patients and their families who wanted to do something for the NNUH Radiotherapy department.

“I am astounded and humbled by their generosity and faith. 2019 saw me cycling 870-miles with the main aim of covering 450-miles over eight rides in eight months. I averaged 56-miles per ride and raised an amazing £2,700 so I decided to continue in 2020 to try and raise the difference.

“It’s fantastic to finally have the chair in place and already makes a huge difference to our patients.”

As well as cycling, Abigael also took on a personal challenge – an abseil down The Forum in Norwich last year, tackling her fear of heights and also receiving donations from supporters.

Head of Radiotherapy, Mark Gilham, said: “I am immensely proud of my colleague and everyone who has supported her. She saw there was a way to enhance the care of our patients and she actively went out to make this happen.”

Donations can still be made to the department via Abigael’s fundraising page here.

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

Photograph: Abigael Polley on the new treatment chair with Dr Jenny Nobes and Jessica Whitpen.jpg Abigael Polley on the new treatment chair with Dr Jenny Nobes and Jessica Whitpen

 

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First annual In Memory & Never Forgotten remembrance service

The first annual @NNUHCharity In Memory & Never Forgotten remembrance service was held in the NNUH Chapel on Monday behind closed doors due to the current pandemic. Execs from the Trust were invited to attend the event and say a few words to honour those we have lost.

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Leaf marking £1m donation placed on hospital Celebratory Tree

A copper leaf, celebrating the £1m donation to the N&N Hospitals Charity, has been placed on the ‘Eternal Celebratory Tree’ at Cromer and District Hospital.

The family of Douglas de Bootman handed over £1,078,519.30 at the end of last year which the retired farmer had left in his will to Cromer Hospital.

The new leaf is the first to be placed on the tree since it moved to its new permanent position inside the hospital, making way for the new state-of-the-art cancer care and support centre being built at the hospital.

The copper tree, which is more than two metres tall, stands in the atrium of the hospital.

Members of the public are being invited to purchase their own dedicated leaf to remember and celebrate someone special.

People can sponsor and dedicate either a maple leaf or an oak leaf for £50, which is then personalised with a message and hung on the tree.

N&N Hospitals Charity Head of Fundraising, Louise Cook, said: “Once a leaf has been purchased, it will be a part of the tree for at least three years.

“Your leaf will be engraved with your message, name or dates as an unique way to remember a special person or occasion.

“All money raised from the leaves will go to our Cromer Fund which directly benefits patients, visitors and staff to Cromer Hospital site.”

For more information or to purchase a leaf, please contact fundraising@nnuh.nhs.uk or telephone 01603 287107.

 

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Gifts bring parents closer to NICU babies

Families have been able to remain close to their babies despite the Covid-19 pandemic thanks to gifts from members of the public.

Visiting restrictions on the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit at the N&N were introduced in March as coronavirus cases spread throughout the country.

This meant the parents of some of our youngest patients were restricted to the amount of time they could spend on the unit with their baby.

However, the NICU team received gifts through the Amazon Wish List, including Polaroid films which have been used to capture the special moments when parents can’t be there.

Diaries have allowed staff to give parents an up-to-date account of their child’s time on NICU, while footprint and handprint kits have also been gifted to give parents an extra-special reminder when they can’t be on the unit.

Kate McColl, Family Care Sister on NICU said: ‘ We are incredibly grateful for the support people have given not just to our unit during Covid 19 but across the hospital. The Amazon Wish List is a lovely idea allowing people to buy items directly that will benefit our patients and families’

The Amazon Wish List is coordinated by the N&N Hospitals Charity and items are added when requested by the teams throughout the hospital.

Head of Fundraising, Louise Cook said: “We are always extremely grateful to the many people who choose gifts from our Amazon list for our amazing teams.

“We know lots of our supporters prefer to choose a gift rather than a donation and this is a great way to support our hospitals – just purchase the gift online and it comes straight to the team which has chosen the item.”

If you would like to purchase an item from our wish list, go to NNUH Amazon Wish List, don’t forget to use Amazon Smile when you make a purchase and choose our charity to benefit.

Items are updated all the time so if there’s nothing you want to purchase at the moment, please keep checking back.

For more information about the hospital charity, go to www.nnuh.org.uk

 

 

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Winners announced in football charity raffle

Thank you to everyone who took part in the recent N&N Hospitals Charity raffle which has raised more than £3,000 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 were among those backing the appeal.

Teams from across the country, and further afield, 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.

The campaign was 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.

Winners

The raffle was drawn on 3 August 2020 and the winners and winning numbers are:

1st  Signed Liverpool FC Cap by Jurgen Klopp      Mr Lampett, Coventry 2414

2nd Signed Man Utd Shirt                                       Mrs Knightley, Norwich 30, 08

3rd Signed Tottenham FC Shirt                               Miss Tunmore, Norwich 1140

4th Signed Arsenal FC Shirt                                     Mr Bishop, Norwich 1307

5th Signed Chelsea Shirt & ball                                Mrs Bastow, Nottingham 679

6th Signed Sadio Mane Liverpool FC Shirt               Mr Bavin, Wymondham 281

7th Signed Norwich FC Shirt                                     Mrs Rennie, Norwich 1227

8th Signed RB Leipzig Shirt                                       Ms Alpin, Norwich 4190

9th Signed West Ham FC Shirt                                  Mr Matthews, Norwich  1427

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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Boudicca Way walk marks new stage in breast clinic fundraising

A Rotary Club president has walked the entire length of the Boudicca Way in one of his final acts as president while raising money for the N&N Hospitals Charity Boudicca Breast Cancer appeal.

Phil Catchpole, President of Diss Rotary Club, set off on July 7 from Diss and walked the 36 miles to Norwich and immediately turned around to walk back again, completing the 72 miles in 24 hours and seven minutes.

The walk raised more than £3,000 for the breast cancer appeal which aims to provide a dedicated breast unit at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital. Another £3,000 was raised for Tiger Testing at the UEA which identifies aggressive prostate cancers.

To celebrate handing over the £3,078 to the Boudicca Appeal, Phil decided to walk from Diss to the hospital to meet N&N Hospitals Charity Director John Paul Garside and Deputy Divisional Director Matt Keeling.

Mr Garside said: “It has been a pleasure working with the Rotaries over the past year and their incredible support of the Boudicca Appeal and we are so delighted that the Diss Rotary has raised £3,000 for the second stage of our Boudicca Appeal, where we start to create the environment and the clinic for patients.”

Mr Keeling said: “Having purchased the additional equipment required for the new clinic, we are now looking to create the new space for our patients and staff.

“In recent months, we have been focused on our work with the Covid pandemic and now we would like to focus on completing our Breast Cancer clinic and this is a fantastic way to kick start the appeal again.”

For more information about the Boudicca Appeal and how you can help, go to https://www.nnuh.org.uk

 

 

 

 

 

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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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