30/07/15: M&S staff help to improve patient experience at St Mary's Hospital
A team of Marks & Spencer employees have transformed a room in St Mary’s Hospital.
The outpatients discharge room at the hospital in Paddington, which is used by patients before they go home, was given a new lease of life with new sofas, chairs, screens and tables on Wednesday.
The renovation was part of an M&S initiative to donate time to local communities, Spark Something Good, which saw staff carrying out 24 community projects across London.
Rebecca Campbell, service manager for intermediate care and discharge care at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “The room looks brilliant. It feels completely different and it looks comfortable and inviting.
“It will give patients a much better experience and leave them with a lasting good impression of their time in the Trust.”
M&S chose to help the hospital on Wednesday as part of their ongoing support for Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which raises funds for the five hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare Trust, including St Mary’s Hospital.
The staff spent the day building, painting and varnishing the furniture, as well as arranging the new sofas and hanging the pictures.
Among the team was Deborah Sharpe, technical lead at M&S Collection, and Harriet Homuth, store performance planner for protein in foods.
Deborah said: “I’ve really enjoyed it. The patients have been really interested and it’s nice to share with them what we’ve been doing.
“It’s great to get out in the Paddington community.”
Harriet added: “It’s lovely to be able to make a difference for everyone. I’m really pleased with how the room looks and I’ll definitely recommend Spark Something Good to everyone.”
Other projects completed on the same day included the transformation of an unused central London rooftop into a colourful children’s play area, the renovation of a community farmyard, providing and the creation of a new dining room for a busy soup kitchen.
There will be projects in a further 24 towns and cities across the UK and Ireland over the next 24 months.
Marc Bolland, Marks & Spencer CEO, said: “M&S people and customers have always helped in their local community, by working together we know we can achieve even more by volunteering or making a donation to a charity that matters locally.
“We know the positive impact it can have and that a healthy high street needs a healthy community to support it. That’s why we’re making it easy to get involved and asking our people and customers to Spark Something Good."
20/07/15: Fundraisers take on 100 mile bike ride to help save lives of injured cyclists
The recent spate of cycling accidents across the capital has inspired a team of fundraisers to get on their bikes for charity.
A team of 14 cyclists will take on the 100 mile long Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 on 2 August to raise funds for the Major Trauma Centre at St Mary’s Hospital.
More than 30 cyclists have been treated in the Major Trauma Centre at the hospital in Paddington in the last three months.
The money raised by the cyclists will go towards the Major Trauma Centre Appeal, which is organised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity and aims to raise £1million to help pay for vital new equipment, research and training there.
Cyclist Paul Storey, director ofproperty development and investment company aarrkk, has worked with the charity to get the team together for the event.
“The Prudential RideLondon – Surrey 100 is a good opportunity to bring the growing enthusiasm for cycling together with the lifesaving work the Major Trauma Centre does for cyclists in London,” said Paul, who lives in Cobham.
“There is a lot of enthusiasm within the clinical team at the Major Trauma Centre and it is great to be raising money for them.”
From April 2014 to March 2015, 106 cyclists were treated at St Mary’s Major Trauma Centre. Two patients died from their injuries.
And in the last three months alone (1 April to 1 July), 34 cyclists were treated at St Mary’s Major Trauma Centre, 23 of which were admitted to hospital for further care while nine were treated in A&E and discharged home.
Joining Paul on the charity’s team is BP’s chief medical officer and president of the faculty of occupational medicine, Dr Richard Heron.
“A cycling accident can happen to anybody. London is a tight city and cyclists have to share the road with other road users,” he said.
“Unfortunate things may happen and you or a relative could be involved in an accident. You want to know the best facilities are on hand for you and your family. BP is generously matching donations to double the value of sponsorship contributions to Richard and Jo."
Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 will see more than 25,000 amateur cyclists take on a cycling challenge through London and Surrey on a similar route to the London 2012 Olympic Road Cycling Races.
It starts in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, goes out through London to Surrey’s country roads and hills before returning to the capital to finish on The Mall in front of Buckingham Palace.
Also among the charity’s fundraisers are St Mary’s Hospital staff members Tom Addey, business manager for vascular and cardiothoracic surgery, and Simon Watts, business manager for urology, who also works at Charing Cross Hospital.
Tom, who lives in Battersea, said: “I work very closely with the Major Trauma Centre. At the moment the Major Trauma Centre is having to stretch its resources more and more. The charity appeal gives us a good opportunity to help fund more equipment and research.”
Imperial College Healthcare Charity has raised £700,000 for the Major Trauma Centre since launching the appeal but is still looking for support to reach the £1million target.
To sponsor Richard and fellow cyclist Joseph Merlini, visit www.justgiving.com/Richard-Heron
For more information about the appeal, to donate or to get involved with fundraising, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk/major-trauma-appeal
16/07/15: Cyclists take on gruelling challenge in memory of friend
A brave father who lost a six year battle with cancer earlier this year has inspired a pair of cyclists to fundraise in his memory.
On Sunday (19 Jul), Grant McKnight and Jody Rodger will take part in L’Etape du Tour, which covers the route of a single mountain stage of the Tour de France, to raise money for Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Cancer Research UK.
Their friend Fraser Dunlop (pictured left) was given less than a year to live when he was diagnosed with stage four cancer at the age of 38, but he lived five years longer than expected, partly thanks to pioneering treatment at Hammersmith Hospital. The father-of-two passed away in April this year at the age of 44.
Grant, 45, who grew up in Dalbeattie in Scotland with Fraser, said: “His second daughter was only six weeks old when he was given nine months to live. He met really good consultants at Cancer Centre London, then a few years later he met more through Imperial College, all of which gave him hope.
“They kept him going long enough for us to get an extra five-and-a-half-years with him and now both of his daughters will have memories of their dad, which was never going to happen when he first found out.
“We have been focussing on the L’Etape du Tour since Fraser left us in April. It keeps his memory alive and it keeps him close to us.”
The L’Etape du Tour will see the duo climb about 5,000 metres during the 142km route from Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne to the ski resort of La Toussuire.
Grant, who lives in Winchester, and Jody, who lives in Beaconsfield, have raised about £5,000 so far, which will be split between Imperial College Healthcare Charity and Cancer Research UK.
Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises funds for research, training and equipment at the five hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare Trust.
The money the pair raise will go to The Fraser Dunlop Research Fund at the charity, which was set up by one of Fraser’s consultants, Ed Leen, professor of radiology in the faculty of medicine at Imperial College London and consultant interventional radiologist treatingcancerpatients at Hammersmith, Charing Cross and St Mary's Hospital.
The fund will help to develop safer, more non-invasive technologies, methods for improved targeted drug delivery and to combat cancer drug resistance.
Fraser, who lived in Prestwick in Scotland when he died, was diagnosed with stage four advanced cancer that had spread from the gastroesophageal junction to the liver in 2009.
But Fraser, World Duty Free Group global head of food, souvenirs, toys and electronics, always remained positive about his diagnosis.
And two years ago, together with his brother Ross and Grant, Fraser completed the L’Etape du Tour, raising £4,000 for Cancer Research UK.
Grant, who works in air traffic control, said: “The event is really gruelling, especially for someone in Fraser’s condition. He finished the L’Etape on Sunday, came home on Monday then had more treatment on Tuesday.
“I have never met anyone as positive as Fraser. He had said he wanted to do something for charity and we just thought yes let’s go. It was a great weekend – Fraser was such a character and he kept our spirits up. I felt really emotional when we completed it within the time.”
To sponsor Grant and Jody, visit http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/forfraser
Picture courtesy of www.moodiereport.com
10/07/15: Mother and daughter join 10K to thank hospital for transplant surgery
Seeing her dad go through a lifesaving kidney transplant earlier this year has inspired Holly Skinner to take part in the British 10K for charity.
Holly and her mum, Melanie, who live in Bedfordshire will be running in the event on 12 July to raise money for Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which raises money for five London hospitals.
The duo are taking part as a way of saying thank you after Holly's dad was treated in the Renal Unit at Hammersmith Hospital.
Holly, 25, said: "The staff on the Dewardner Ward in particular and the Renal Unit as a whole at Hammersmith were absolutely fantastic during my dad's time there.
"The level of care he received was excellent and the positive friendly attitudes from staff in these departments made it a much easier experience for him during his stay and also for family members during visits.
"During a visit to the hospital canteen, we saw the charity poster advertising for runners for the 10K run and we all felt it would be great to be able to raise some money as a way to say thank you and to give something back."
Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises funds for research, equipment and training at five London hospitals, including St Mary's, Charing Cross, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Western Eye.
Holly and Melanie are raising money specifically for the charity's ICNHS Renal staff fund, which supports staff and patients in the Renal Unit at Hammersmith Hospital.
The British 10K will see them join nearly 25,000 runners on the route from Piccadilly to Whitehall, passing The Ritz, St James' Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey on the way.
Holly and her mum have taken part in a 5K colour run in preparation for the event but it will be the first time they have taken part in a 10K. They are hoping to complete the race in one hour and 30mins.
Holly, who works in community development for a health and wellbeing project, said: "We are both very excited to take part, we're a little nervous as it's the first time we've taken part in a 10K at an event like this, but I'm sure as soon as we get to the start line the nerves will be gone and we'll just enjoy the run."
Holly said seeing her dad and sister cheering them on in the crowds will help to keep them going.
She added: "Running through central London will be an amazing experience and we're sure this and any supporters watching will keep us going, also knowing we've received the donations we have so far for this great cause will be great motivation to keep us running.
"We would like to say a big thank you to everyone that has supported us so far. We really appreciate it and can't wait for race day."
Holly and Melanie have raised £576.21 so far. To donate, visit www.justgiving.com/Holly-Skinner1/
09/07/15: Student takes on her first 10K to help improve patient experience
An Imperial College graduate is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds to help improve patient experience at five London hospitals.
Hannah Maude, of Pinner in north west London, is taking part in the British 10K on 12 July to raise funds for Imperial College Healthcare Charity.
The charity raises money to help improve patient healthcare across the five hospitals of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.
“I really like the idea of helping patients in hospitals,” said the 20-year-old.
“From personal experience when family members, such as my granddad, have been in hospital, it really does make a difference when you get kind people and good facilities.
“Imperial College Healthcare Charity is the kind of charity where you can see where the money is going.”
The charity raises funds for research, equipment and training at St Mary’s, Charing Cross, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Western Eye hospitals.
Hannah, who is one of 10 people taking part in the British 10K for the charity, is hoping to raise £250.
The event will see them join nearly 25,000 runners on the route from Piccadilly to Whitehall, passing The Ritz, St James’ Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey on the way.
“I’m pretty nervous because I’ve never done any sports at all. I just decided to go for it with this because I wanted to go all out for my first charity fundraiser,” she said.
“I have been doing lots of training and the furthest I have run so far is 8K.”
Hannah, who is hoping to complete the race in one hour and 15mins, has just finished an undergraduate degree in biochemistry at Imperial College.
She will start a masters degree there later this year, which will be followed by a PhD funded by the Medical Research Council.
To sponsor Hannah, visit www.justgiving.com/H-MAUDE
08/07/15: Man who beat skin cancer takes on British 10K to help fund research
A cancer survivor is taking part in the British 10K to help other people beat the disease too.
Joao Figueiredo, who lives in London, has made a full recovery since being diagnosed with skin cancer seven years ago.
His mum also beat cancer after she was diagnosed with breast cancer three years ago, but sadly his grandfather died of lung cancer in 1982.
The 35-year-old financial consultant is now hoping to give research a boost by raising funds for Imperial College Healthcare Charity at the British 10K on 12 July.
"I had skin cancer when I was 28 years old. I went for surgery and, thankfully, it hadn't spread so I was able to fully recover," he said.
"I really think that we should invest in research - I am conscious that my grandfather passed away due to a lack of understanding of the disease and the correct treatments.
"Fortunately, research in cancer enabled both my mum and I to go through it and not die, so research is key and we should fund it as much as possible."
Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises funds for research, equipment and training at five London hospitals, including St Mary's, Charing Cross, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, Hammersmith and Western Eye.
Joao, who is hoping to raise £1,000, is one of 10 people taking part in the British 10K for the charity.
The event will see them join nearly 25,000 runners on the route from Piccadilly to Whitehall, passing The Ritz, St James' Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul's Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey on the way.
Joao is hoping to complete the route in less than one hour and 20mins.
"I'm excited but also quite scared. I haven't done anything like this before so it will be a challenge," he said.
"When the race gets tough and I'm feeling tired, the thought of my mum being here with us, particularly after my grand mum passing away this week will keep me going - it will be a double tribute to two of the most important women in my life."
To sponsor Joao, visit www.justgiving.com/Joao-Figueiredo1
08/07/15: Elderly and dementia patients get creative thanks to charity workshops
A new series of artistic workshops are launching on 9 July at Charing Cross Hospital aimed at elderly patients and those with dementia.
The project, funded by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, will be carried out at the West London hospital's Lady Skinner Ward by Paper Birch, an organisation that uses art and creative workshops to stimulate patients and encourage memories and thoughts.
In London there are currently around 65,000 people diagnosed and living with dementia, and this is predicted to rise by 16 per cent up until 2021.
Paper Birch's founders, Laura Venables and Faith Wray, will be running a series of weekly workshops involving a mix of projects where patients are encouraged to use arts and crafts as a means of expression. The workshops are designed to help distract patients and to encourage greater mobility. Both Laura and Faith are Masters students at the Royal College of Art, and having experienced the impact dementia and memory loss through ageing has on people's lives, they were determined to bring their own personal skill set into the healthcare environment.
Faith says: "We both feel very excited about the project. It's wonderful having such fantastic enthusiasm from the staff to make projects like this happen. We feel that creativity, communication and companionship are crucial to helping provide a better quality of life for patients within health environments. Our previous projects have had some incredible success stories; moments like these continue to drive our work within this area.
"Our workshops can make a genuine difference to patients and staff, as it gives ward staff the time to concentrate on patients who are in need of more frequent care. Alongside this, workshops can encourage mobility of patients and can totally change the atmosphere around a ward."
Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises money for the five London hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, including Charing Cross. One arm of its work is to use its art collection to help create a warmer environment for patients and staff, and to use the arts in different ways such as these workshops to engage with patients in a complimentary fashion.
Ginny Wright, consultant physician within rehabilitation services at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, says: "We're really looking forward to these workshops starting on the ward, as we know how important it is to engage with our patients and working creatively with them can really help with other aspects of their rehabilitation. The workshops will add another approach to the way we care for our patients, especially those with dementia."
06/07/15: New round of general grants open for applications
Do you need funding for a project relating to medical and surgical innovation at St Mary's Hospital or a project relating to children?
Imperial College Healthcare Charity has just opened its next round of general grants for applications, with grants available from £10,000 to £100,000.
For more information, or to apply, click here
02/07/15: Radiologist to run British 10K to help charity reach £1million target
A radiologist will be putting her best foot forward at the British 10K to raise money for the Major Trauma Centre at St Mary’s Hospital.
Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which raises funds for five London hospitals, is aiming to raise £1million to help pay for vital new equipment, research and training at the Major Trauma Centre.
The charity has raised £700,000 so far thanks to support from fundraisers, and Dr Elika Kashef, who works as a radiology trauma lead at St Mary’s, is hoping to raise hundreds of pounds for the appeal at the British 10K on 12 July.
“This is a cause very close to my heart and I can actually see where the money I raise goes,” said the 36-year-old.
“I love working as part of the major trauma team. Everyone is there for the patient. There is no complacency and we are all on the same page. It really brings the team together.”
Elika, who lives in West Hampstead, is one of 10 people taking part in the event for Imperial College Healthcare Charity.
It will see them join nearly 25,000 runners on the route from Piccadilly to Whitehall, passing The Ritz, St James’ Palace, Trafalgar Square, St Paul’s Cathedral, the London Eye, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey on the way.
Elika, who has previously finished a 10K in one hour and 10 minutes, is hoping to complete the event in an hour.
“I’m very excited about the race. The training has been tough due to the busy hours I work, but I am lucky enough to be member of the Energia gym at St Mary’s Hospital where I have support from the gym manager, Hayley Osborn, and also my personal trainer Karl,” she said.
“Everyone has been so supportive of my efforts and I want to thank everyone who has sponsored me so far.”
From traffic accidents to assaults, St Mary’s Major Trauma Centre responds to more than 2,600 calls every year and its reputation for saving lives means it’s busier than ever.
Imperial College Healthcare Charity launched the appeal last year and is looking for support to raise the final £300,000.
To sponsor Elika, visit www.justgiving.com/Elika-Kashefrunsagain
For more information about the Major Trauma Centre Appeal or to get involved with fundraising, visit www.imperialcharity.org.uk/major-trauma-centre or phone 020 331 22066.