March 2017



March news  

30.03.17 Sandra Blow exhibition unveiled at St Mary's Hospital 

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Works by the British abstract painter, Sandra Blow RA, have gone on display in the Cambridge Wing Gallery at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which manages the art collection at all five Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals, has organised the collection of prints, generously loaned by Sandra Blow’s estate for the next 18 months.

Blow (1915-2006) is credited as being at the forefront of the abstract art movement in Britain. In 1957, Blow featured in the first John Moores biannual exhibition in Liverpool, won the International Guggenheim Award in 1960 and second prize at the third John Moores exhibition in 1961. The majority of works on display, including Double Diamond (2003) and Revolve (2003), date from the last decade of her life.

Alice Strickland, Art Curator at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “We’re incredibly proud to bring Sandra Blow’s work to St Mary’s. The Trust’s art collection has a tremendous impact on patients, staff and visitors and helps to create a stimulating, enriching environment.”

“Sandra Blow was a pioneer of the British post-war abstract movement and these bold, joyful works are a wonderful display in the hospital.”

The installation was officially unveiled on Tuesday night at a reception attended by Trust staff and members of Blow’s family. The collection will be displayed at the St Mary’s, Charing Cross and Hammersmith hospitals, spending six months at each location.

The charity’s current exhibitions include a series of coastal etchings by Norman Ackroyd RA at Charing Cross Hospital and Capturing the Light at Hammersmith Hospital, which focuses on three artists and their exploration of light.


28.03.17 St Mary's researcher running Brighton Marathon to support children's intensive care unit



Kelsey Flott is running the Brighton Marathon on April 9th to raise funds for Imperial College Healthcare Charity.

A patient safety and quality improvement researcher at St Mary’s, she’s passionate about supporting the Trust. 

Kelsey will be running alongside her partner Tom who works at Kingston Hospital’s A&E and shares the same passion for the NHS and giving patients the best experience possible. 

Kelsey explained: “We know how hard both our charities work to make vital improvements to the hospitals, which is why we chose to fundraise for them. It's a privilege to help our hospitals this way and the challenge of running a whole marathon is something we hope will rally support.” 

The money Kelsey raises is going towards the More Smiles Appeal which is funding the renovation of the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit at St Mary’s Hospital. This will mean up to 200 more children can be treated there each year in a state of the art facility to match the expertise of staff.  

To sponsor Kelsey visit her Virgin Money Giving page. She is also holding a fundraising auction on 31 March and would greatly appreciate any donations to be auctioned off such as lessons, tickets, food, merchandise, and experiences – so please get in touch with her at if you have something interesting to contribute. 


15.03.17 London Marathon runner supporting renal fund

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Paul Coward is taking on the London Marathon and raising money for the renal fund at Imperial College Healthcare Charity. 

He is rising to the challenge to give  back to the ward at Hammersmith  Hospital where both his in-laws were treated for kidney failure.  Six years ago his mother-in-law suffered acute kidney failure requiring immediate action and luckily his wife was able to donate her kidney. Paul was very impressed by staff at Hammersmith who supported them throughout the entire process.   

In 2016 the family received a further shock when Paul’s father-in-law was also taken into hospital suffering from sepsis, a potentially life-threatening condition that arises when the body’s response to an infection damages its own tissues and organs. After a series of complications he was in hospital for around six months and still receives dialysis three times a week.

Paul commented: “Without the care and support of the renal unit, who knows what the outcome of my father-in-law's deteriorating health would have been.Having his own carer during his toughest moments was invaluable. The team at the unit have been fundamental in aiding his road to recovery, helping us to overcome many hurdles along the way.

“My father ran the marathon many times and his dedication inspired me over the years. This is my way of raising money and awareness for a hospital that has done so much for my wife and my in-laws, and giving them a better quality of life, which makes it even more worthwhile.”

So far Paul has raised more than £1150 of his £2000 target for the renal fund. To sponsor Paul and help him reach his goal visit his JustGiving page



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