If there’s one thing I’ve learnt over the years, it’s that there is no better service than our very own NHS and in Gloucestershire; our local hospitals are supported by the invaluable work of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity.
I was very lucky last month to have the opportunity to chat to Karen Organ, Senior Fundraiser about the fabulous work of the charity and how it literally can transform local lives by fundraising to provide extra care and equipment, which would otherwise not be available.
To date, donations have helped to purchase new life transforming equipment such as compression pumps for local cancer patients, jaundice meters to safeguard new babies, the installation of ‘Sky Ceilings’ in the radiotherapy treatment rooms, new lifesaving technology in the fight against breast cancer in the form of Gamma Probes and an ECG machine to support acute stroke patients. The charity has also been able to improve the experience for patients with dementia by refurbishing day rooms on the wards and providing new ‘Reminiscence Therapy’ technology, which enables staff to calm anxious patients, help them engage with nutrition and be as active as possible.
There’s so much on the calendar already with the Mayor of Cheltenham already supporting Focus, the fund for the Oncology Centre and there are 2 upcoming events in May, the first being this Friday, 4th May: The Rocky Horror Picture show at The Playhouse Theatre and the Mayors Well Fit morning, which will take place on Sunday 13th May at Cheltenham Lido.
The Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospital Charity will also be running further events throughout the year which include A Ladies Day at the Cheltenham Cricket Festival on Thursday 26th July, a Golf Day for Focus on Friday 17th August, the NHS BIG 7TEA in July which celebrates 70 years of the NHS and the Walk for Wards on Sunday 7th October.
If all this wasn’t already enough, I was particularly interested to hear about the Bed Push with the Gloucestershire Fire Brigade on the 8th and 9th September! Wonder if they need anyone to sit in the bed! 😉
Please do support our local hospitals and the fabulous work of the Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospital Charity by attending or participating in one of these events, making a donation or running a fundraising event of your own. Your help will benefit patients across the hospitals including those who are fighting cancer or heart disease, those who have experienced a stroke or suffer from dementia and patients in the Women and Children’s Services including newborn babies with serious illnesses.
Many thanks to Karen, Hebe, Richard and the team at Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity for their help in writing this post. You can find out more about the charity by clicking here. Let’s get out there, raise lots of money and really make a difference to many local lives!