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


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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
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 or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NNUHCharity and

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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 or follow us on Twitter and Instagram @NNUHCharity and



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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.”

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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

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Garage’s antibacterial car clean for hospital charity

A Norfolk garage has commissioned a local cleaning company to provide an interior disinfectant clean for cars in aid of the Norfolk and Norwich Hospitals Charity.

For a suggested £4 donation, the public can visit Spencer’s MOT and Service Centre on Rackheath Industrial Estate from 9am-1pm on Saturday 6 June for an antibacterial clean for the inside of their car.

The fine mist clean, known as ‘fogging’, uses antibacterial cleaner which kills 99.9% of viruses whilst not affecting the interior of the vehicle. It takes just minutes to dry and drivers can use their vehicles immediately.

Mark Jones, Director of Spencer’s MOT and Service Centre said: “It is surprising the amount of general dirt and grime which gathers on areas in the car which everyone touches regularly such as steering wheels, door handles, gear sticks and hand brakes.

“We all wash our hands often but we don’t think about the areas we touch in the car after we have visited places such as supermarkets. With more and more people being encouraged to use their cars, the germs on our hands which we could pick up from areas in our car are then taken into our home and potentially to our loved ones too.”

Areas such as air vents can accumulate mould and bacteria. The ‘fogging’ can access all the hard to reach areas including circulating the antibacterial cleaner through your air vents too – making it generally safer for your health as well.

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The cleaning event will be held at Spencer’s MOT and Service Centre on Saturday 6 June between 9am – 1pm, the cleans are performed on a first come first served basis and a donation of £4 is recommended.

Address: Spencer’s MOT and Service Centre, 36 Mackintosh Rd, Rackheath Industrial Estate, Rackheath, Norwich NR13 6LJ.

For further information and to find out other measures Spencer’s MOT and Service Centre have taken to keep their staff and customers safe, please follow the Facebook page at @SpencersMOT

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Lockdown charity walk raises £5,000 for NICU

A Swaffham-based travel company has raised more than £5,000 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital after completing a 105-mile lockdown charity walk.

The 29-strong team from One Traveller, which specialises in holidays for mature, single travellers came together for the lockdown challenge on Bank Holiday Friday raising money for the N&N Hospitals Charity’s NICU fund.

One Traveller founders Ian and Emma Darkin welcomed their twin girls Francesca Grace and Edith Hope Darkin on 12 December 2019 weighing 3.5lbs and 1.3lbs respectively.

Ian, Emma, Jack, Francesca and Edith Darkin finally all back home together.

Both girls spent time in NICU, however Edith had a much longer journey as it was discovered that she had an internal Haemangioma (birthmark) blocking 90% of her airway.

Ian said: “Having spent 105 days in hospital Edith joined her sister and four-year-old brother Jack at home on 26 March and is now well on the road to recovery and we both remain eternally grateful to the NICU team, for their skill, knowledge, care and determination.

“Last Friday at 1.05pm, the One Traveller family, completed the combined 105 miles in their own households in five different countries; the United Kingdom, Austria, Switzerland, Czech Republic and Russia with participants aged from four to 82 years old, including three generations of the Darkin family.

“Although 3.6 miles each was not the hardest physical challenge, only being able to complete this in our own homes (some without gardens) was a psychological challenge for all.”

Paula Mellor, NICU Matron, said: “We are delighted that the girls are doing so well and we all want to thank the team at One Traveller for raising so much for our unit.

“The money will help us to support our youngest patients, as well as their families.”

If you would like to make a donation to the team, go to

More information about N&N Hospitals Charity is available at where you can find out how you can support any area of the hospital all year round.

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A huge thank you from NNUH

The Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital would like to say thank you to everyone in the community who has supported it during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Thousands of individuals, companies, charities, community groups and public sector organisations have come together to support the hospital as it cares for patients and families affected by the virus.

David White, Chairman, said: “On behalf of the Trust, I want to say a massive thank you to everyone who has helped us through this difficult time and pay tribute to the extraordinary levels of support we have received from the wider community across Norfolk and further afield.

“We remain united and resilient with the support of all those who were ready to help us tackle the hardest and longest lasting challenge that has confronted the NHS in its history.”

Professor Nancy Fontaine, Chief Nurse, added: “I am truly humbled by the overwhelming generosity we have received from thousands of people. The donations to us have been awe-inspiring with so many practical goods and services to help us through these difficult times. We know just how much you value your local hospital.

“We have felt the love from the community every step of the way as we have tackled the challenges posed by the pandemic.

Many of the donations to the hospital were channelled through the Norfolk & Norwich Hospitals Charity which has also received financial donations as well as wide range of goods and help in kind.

John-Paul Garside, who leads the N&N Hospitals Charity, said: “On behalf of the charity, I would like to offer my heartfelt thanks for all the donations gratefully received over the last few months.

“We have been amazed by the outstanding support offered to our patients and staff during this difficult period. The efforts of the local community and contributions from national donors has been truly inspiring.

“We hope that the community will continue to support us in the forthcoming months as we continue to protect our patients from the virus. Many of these donations will continue to benefit our hospitals to enhance the care we deliver in the longer term.”


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Children’s hospital celebrates 166 years

Patients, visitors and staff with be marking the 166th birthday of the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital in Norwich on 3 April.

The hospital cares for thousands of children each year, from babies aged 23 weeks through to young people up to the age of 16, and over in some cases.

The Norwich infirmary for sick children admitted its first inpatients on 3 April 1854, two years after London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, and is the second oldest children’s hospital in the country.

This year’s occasion will be celebrated with a special cake which has been kindly provided by Serco.

The children’s hospital was created thanks to the generosity of Jenny Lind, dubbed the Swedish Nightingale, who was one of the best known and most popular entertainers in mid-19th century Europe.

In 1847 she gave her first concerts in Norwich and they proved so popular that a third concert was arranged with proceeds going to open an infirmary for sick children.

In today’s hospital, Buxton Ward treats 3,500 young inpatients each year with a further 900 babies cared for in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Staff on the Children’s Emergency Department care for 24,000 children each year while around 48,000 children attend outpatient appointments.

Laura Schaffer, Divisional Operations Director for Women and Children, said: “We know the hospital is close to the hearts of many people in Norfolk and over the years, donations have helped fund the children’s playground, virtual reality TV and games, a sensory room and so much more.

“We are hugely grateful for the support we receive at the N&N Hospitals Charity for the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital to enhance the environment and provide lots of extras for our youngest patients and their families.”

For more information about the charity and how to donate to the Jenny Lind then visit our website at

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