May 2015

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28/05/15: Hundreds enjoy family event at Westfield London to raise funds for birth centre

IMG 0933Renovations to the birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital are a step closer thanks to funds raised at a family fun day.

The event at Westfield London on Wednesday, which was organised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, saw children getting their faces painted, enjoying balloon modelling and taking part in a prince and princess competition.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises money for the five hospitals of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, and the £200 total from this event will go towards the charity’s £500,000 Birth Centre Appeal.

Community fundraising team manager, Laura Watts, said: “The event was a huge success. It was great to see so many families enjoying themselves and it was clear the children loved taking part in all the activities.

“We love getting out into the community and this was a great chance to tell everyone about our Birth Centre Appeal.”

The birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea has not had any major refurbishment since opening in April 2001 and the environment is now below the standards set by many other birth centres across the UK.

With demand increasing from 700 to over 900 births in the last year, improvements to facilities are needed.

Donations to the charity’s Birth Centre Appeal will help to create a new birthing room with a third birthing pool, the refurbishment of the existing antenatal/postnatal patient areas as well as an antenatal consultation room with en suite facilities.

You can donate to the charity’s birth centre appeal online by going to www.imperialcharity.org.uk/birth-centre, by texting BORN16 £10 to 70070, or by sending a cheque made payable to Imperial College Healthcare Charity (4406) to Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Ground Floor, Clarence Memorial Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London, W2 1NY.

22/05/15: Family event at Westfield London to raise funds for Birth Centre Appeal

Aspiring young princes and princesses are invited to compete for a crown at Westfield London on Wednesday (27 May).

Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which raises money for the five hospitals of the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, is hosting a children’s prince and princess competition between 11am and 3pm at the shopping centre in White City.

It’s £2 to enter and money raised will go towards the charity’s £500,000 Birth Centre Appeal to renovate the birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital.

Community fundraising team manager, Laura Watts, said: “We are so excited to see everyone at our prince and princess competition and there are some great prizes to be won.

“There will be lots going on – from balloon modelling to face painting, we’ve got something for everyone. It will be a great day out for the whole family.”

The event will take place outside Debenhams on the ground floor.

The birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea has not had any major refurbishment since opening in April 2001 and the environment is now below the standards set by many other birth centres across the UK. With demand increasing from 700 to over 900 births in the last year, improvements to facilities are needed.

Donations to the charity’s Birth Centre Appeal will help to create a new birthing room with a third birthing pool, the refurbishment of the existing antenatal/postnatal patient areas as well as an antenatal consultation room with en suite facilities.

You can donate to the charity’s birth centre appeal online by going to www.imperialcharity.org.uk/birth-centre, by texting BORN16 £10 to 70070, or by sending a cheque made payable to Imperial College Healthcare Charity (4406) to Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Ground Floor, Clarence Memorial Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London, W2 1NY.

21/05/15: Fundraiser takes part in 10K to thank Charing Cross Hospital

Laura Edmonds2A mum is set to take on the Bupa London 10,000 on Monday (25 May) to thank Charing Cross Hospital for the care she received.

Laura Edmonds, who lives in Aylesbury, was diagnosed with a tumour, known as a gestational trophoblastic tumour, in her womb during her first pregnancy.

Sadly the baby died, but thanks to the expertise of the staff at Charing Cross Hospital, Laura survived and she now has two sons, too.

“It could have killed me but because it was detected in my 13 week scan it was picked up really early,” said the 45-year-old.

“As the tumour developed in the womb, the baby died. It was devastating – not only for me but for my husband, Stephen, too.”

A gestational trophoblastic tumour grows from the tissue that forms in the womb during pregnancy.

Laura’s tumour was removed at Stoke Mandeville Hospital but the team at Charing Cross, who are specialists in the field, continued to screen Laura’s blood for six months after the first pregnancy and she was given the all clear.

When she became pregnant again with her eldest and youngest sons, Callum and David, now 17 and 15, Charing Cross continued to monitor her condition to ensure Laura and her children were healthy.

“Charing Cross were really thorough with their checks, they were excellent. It was reassuring to know I was receiving specialist care and being dealt with by people who had expertise in something that was quite rare. That made a huge difference,” she said.

Laura, who is a physiotherapist, will be running the Bupa 10K in London on Monday. She has raised more than £200 for Imperial Healthcare Charity to thank Charing Cross Hospital.

Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises funds for research and projects that help improve patient healthcare at the five London hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust: Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea, St Mary's and Western Eye hospitals.

Laura said she is feeling positive about taking part in the event.

“It should be fun. It’s a good route – it starts in The Mall, goes past St Paul’s Cathedral and ends at Buckingham Palace. As long as I cross the line I’ll be happy as it means I’ve raised more than £200 for the charity,” she said.

To sponsor Laura, visit www.justgiving.com/Laura-Edmonds2015

18/05/15: Fancy taking part in this year's Run to the Beat 10K?

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Imperial College Healthcare Charity is looking for runners to join their team in this year’s Run to the Beat on 13 September 2015.

The charity, which raises funds for the five hospitals that make up Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in West and North-West London, is searching for runners of all abilities to run the 10K race in Wembley.

Run to the Beat is one of the capital’s most popular 10K races, with thousands taking part annually. The route takes runners through and around Wembley in North West London, including the iconic Wembley Stadium.

What makes the race unique is the 13 music and DJ points throughout the route, playing everything from reggae and pop through to dance music, keeping runners going through to the finish line. Big name artists and DJs who have previously performed include Jessie J, Tinie Tempah, Calvin Harris, Annie Mac and DJ Fresh, with this year’s acts yet to be confirmed.

Funds raised by participants from Run to the Beat go towards innovative research and studies that improve the healthcare given to patients at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals. Projects funded in the past have potentially saved lives through a successful text message reminder service for women due for breast screening appointments, improved the care given to cancer patients at the end of their care journey and eased the financial burden faced by certain patients through the charity’s Dresden hardship fund.

Laura Watts, Community Fundraising Team Manager at the charity, says: “Run to the Beat is an amazing day to be a part of and there’s always such an electric atmosphere thanks to the cheering and music which really adds to the event. The race is perfect for anyone who was inspired by watching the thousands of runners in this year’s London Marathon and wanted to be a part of something special as well. With Run to the Beat being a 10K, it’s an achievable distance with plenty of time to train and fundraise before September.”

If you would like to run for the charity in this year’s Run to the Beat, contact Lauren Levy by emailing lauren.levy@imperial.nhs.uk or calling 0203 312 5694. 

11/05/15: Nurses and midwives pound the pavement to celebrate their professions and raise funds for charity

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Dozens of nurses and midwives walked across a stretch of the capital on Friday (8 May) in celebration of the work they do across the globe.

The four mile walk, held between the International Day of the Midwife on 5 May and the International Day of the Nurse on 12 May, saw the 50-strong team of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust staff and charity supporters walk from Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital in White City to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington.

Organised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, the event raised funds for the charity’s £500,000 Birth Centre Appeal, which aims to expand and remodel the existing centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital.

Professor Janice Sigsworth, director of nursing at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, said: “This walk is a celebration of the contribution that nurses and midwives make. It’s part of a bigger national and international celebration of nursing and midwifery but we’re also raising money for charity while having a bit of fun.

“It’s the fourth year the walk has taken place and it has just gone from strength to strength. I am so pleased with the turnout – it’s getting bigger and bigger every year.”

The birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital has not had any major refurbishment in more than a decade. The proposed renovation includes creating a new birth room and birthing pool, the installation of air into every birth room so resuscitation cabinets can be installed and new antenatal consultation rooms.

Josephine Watterson, director of fundraising and communications at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “It was great to see so many people taking part and we want to thank everyone who joined us. The event raised an incredible £663 in total, which will help us make a real difference to the birth centre.”

Josephine also thanked M&S for providing food and refreshments, and everyone who helped to promote the event.

Money raised on Friday will be divided between Imperial College Healthcare Charity, the Winnicott Foundation and St John’s Hospice.

Four members of the team ran the route, while the other fundraisers took about an hour-and-a-half to walk it.

You can support the Birth Centre Appeal online by clicking here, by texting BORN16 £10 to 70070, or by sending a cheque made payable to Imperial College Healthcare Charity (4406) to Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Ground Floor, Clarence Memorial Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London, W2 1NY.

08/05/15: Hospital where HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born invites public to see new baby photography exhibition

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Shortly after welcoming Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge into the world, St Mary’s Hospital is inviting the public to see its new exhibition of baby photographs.

The large scale photographic portraits forming the series: Profiles III, by internationally renowned photographer Bettina von Zwehl, features six boys and girls aged 12-months-old and opens to the public from 12 May. They can be seen in the Cambridge Wing Gallery in the hospital where the Duchess of Cambridge gave birth to a daughter on 2 May.

The exhibition has been organised by Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which raises funds for the five London hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, to celebrate the charity’s £500,000 Birth Centre Appeal at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. The charity is delighted to receive support from the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, who have encouraged well-wishers to donate to the appeal following the birth of Princess Charlotte.

Donations to the charity’s Birth Centre Appeal will help to create a new birthing room with a third birthing pool, the refurbishment of the existing antenatal/postnatal patient areas as well as an antenatal consultation room with en suite facilities.

Lucy Zacaria, arts manager at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: "We are so excited about our beautiful new exhibition showcasing these large scale photographs of 12-month-old babies by Bettina von Zwehl.

“These works look stunning in our exhibition space at St Mary's and are a wonderful addition to our programme highlighting both our current funding appeal for the birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital and celebrating the birth place of HRH Princess Charlotte of Cambridge."

Profiles III was first exhibited at the V&A Museum of Childhood in 2009. The monumental profiles are reminiscent of Italian Renaissance portrait paintings and focus on the minute detail of the faces. Von Zwehl has commented `I was hoping to present each baby as an intelligent human being rather than an object of desire’.

The charity hopes the exhibition will inspire the public to donate to the appeal. The birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea has not had any major refurbishment since opening in April 2001 and the environment is now below the standards set by many other birth centres across the UK. With demand increasing from 700 to over 900 births in the last year, improvements to facilities are needed.

This is the second time the charity has held an appeal for a birth centre, the first being at St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington. The intention is to be able to replicate the high standards set by this first birth centre appeal at St Mary’s which opened in 2008, creating a modern, well-equipped space where women can give birth in calm, comfortable surroundings.

The proposed renovation at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital would mean expanding the capacity of the birth centre, increasing the number of rooms from six to seven, with the new room having en suite facilities and a birthing pool. Air would also be installed into every birth room so that resuscitation cabinets can be installed. Several areas would be refurbished and expanded, including the antenatal/postnatal waiting area, antenatal consultation room with en suite facilities as well as the creation of a new reception area. Double beds will also be added to rooms so that parents get the chance to spend those crucial first hours with their new baby in comfort.

You can donate to the charity’s birth centre appeal online by clicking here, by texting BORN16 £10 to 70070, or by sending a cheque made payable to Imperial College Healthcare Charity (4406) to Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Ground Floor, Clarence Memorial Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London, W2 1NY.

02/05/15: Charity at St Mary’s Hospital thrilled by Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s support

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Imperial College Healthcare Charity is honoured that it has been chosen by Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to benefit from donations from members of the public wishing to celebrate the birth of their second baby at St Mary’s Hospital.

The Duke and Duchess supported the Charity in the same way following the birth of their first baby, His Royal Highness Prince George in 2013.

The Charity raises money that funds clinical research and projects, including work that is crucial to improving the care and the environment for women, their new-born babies and their young families across the five London hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.

One such project is the expansion and improvement of the birth centre at Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea Hospital. The birth centre gives women who are planning a natural birth the option of a midwife-led delivery in a home-from-home environment with facilities such as birthing pools, birthing beanbags and mats, and space for partners to stay.

Donations to the charity’s Birth Centre Appeal will help to create a new birthing room with a third birthing pool, the refurbishment of the existing antenatal/postnatal patient areas as well as an antenatal consultation room with en suite facilities.

Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial College Healthcare Charity, says: “We are delighted that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge have once again chosen to support us in celebration of such a joyous occasion. The Charity wishes them and their family all the best and every future happiness. Gaining their support is hugely important to us as a charity which strives to improve the care given to patients at the Trust.

“Through the generosity of our supporters, we are able to help make projects such as the redevelopment of the birth centre a reality. We know that our funding has a positive impact on patients, for example by improving attendance rates for breast cancer screenings. Crucially, the lessons learnt from such projects can then be shared with other NHS trusts across the country.”

If members of the public wish to mark this special occasion by making a gift to the Charity, they can support the Birth Centre Appeal online through the Charity’s website www.imperialcharity.org.uk/birth-centre, by texting BORN16 £10 to 70070, or by sending a cheque made payable to Imperial College Healthcare Charity (4406) to Imperial College Healthcare Charity, Ground Floor, Clarence Memorial Wing, St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, London, W2 1NY.

 

 

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