Skydive for UHNM Charity

Imagine standing at the edge of an open doorway in an aircraft flying at 10,000 ft - the noise of the engines and the wind ringing in your ears with only the outline of distant fields below. Now imagine leaning forward out of that doorway and letting go - falling forward into the clouds, diving down through the air as you start freefalling at over 120mph!

Then imagine the peace and quiet as the canopy opens, the steering toggles come down either side of you and you begin a tranquil parachute descent from a mile up in the air, steering yourself back down to the centre of the drop zone below.

Imagine being able to do this for FREE whilst harnessed to a professional freefall parachute instructor and at the same time being able to help UHNM Charity! Stop imagining, it’s real and it’s happening all the time and you can be part of it...

All you have to do is raise £395 (or more!) for UHNM Charity by asking your friends and colleagues to sponsor you, using our specially designed sponsorship forms. Please do not be put off by this amount - if you ask everybody you know to sponsor you, you will find you can quite easily raise the minimum £395 sponsorship and remember, every penny you raise over the minimum will be further contributing to UHNM Charity and giving you the chance to make an exhilarating freefall parachute jump for FREE!

If you would like to find out more please contact the fundraising team today by calling 01782 676444 or email charity@uhnm.nhs.uk

Cardio Team Spin Their Way to Success!

A team of nurses and doctors from the cardiothoracic critical care unit have raised an amazing £5409.68 by holding a 24 hour spinathon at the Royal Stoke University Hospital. The team wanted to raise money to buy comforts for patients who are treated on the unit, sometimes for many weeks, following major heart surgery.

The challenge almost didn’t go ahead after a member of their team, Sandra Timmis, sadly passed away, but after talking it through, and with her husband’s blessing, they decided to continue and do the spinathon in Sandra’s memory.

So with lots of support from staff who came throughout the whole event to cheer them on, two school choirs to entertain them, a few sport’s massages and the odd tear during the wee small hours, they got through it virtually unscathed!

As they stepped off the bikes whispers of ‘never again’ could be heard as they hobbled to their beds, but within a couple of days they were already planning their next 24 hour challenge – watch this space…

Huge congratulations to the whole team, what a brilliant achievement!

Fresh Hair Salon at County Hospital

Since opening in 2011 the Fresh Hair Wigs & Wellbeing Salon has made a huge difference to the lives of thousands of women who have suffered hair loss through cancer treatment or other medical conditions.

The beautiful purpose built salon at Royal Stoke University Hospital was only made possible due to the hard work, passion and generosity of amazing supporters who worked tirelessly to raise the £200k needed to create it.

Now, with the re-development of cancer services at County Hospital we  have a fantastic opportunity to open a new salon within the Chemotherapy Unit and will be able to offer the Fresh Hair service to women in the Stafford and surrounding areas from the summer of 2016.

But we need your help! The new salon will cost around £50k to set up, so we desperately need support to reach our target. If you could be part of making this dream a reality please get in touch. There are many ways in which you can help:

  • Make a donation - every penny donated to the Fresh Hair fund makes a difference
  • Become a regular donor - contact the charity to set up a monthly donation to Fresh Hair
  • Challenge yourself - walk, run, climb, swim - just you, or with friends - see what you can achieve and get sponsored to do it!
  • Hold an event - coffee mornings, bake sales, balls, pamper nights - get together and have fun!
  • Make Fresh Hair your ‘Charity of the Year’ - speak to your employer and get your colleagues involved
  • Invite us to your group - if you’re part of a social or fundraising group we can arrange to hold a talk to tell your members the amazing story of Fresh Hair
  • Spread the word - simply tell your friends and family about Fresh Hair, the more people who know about the service, the more funds we can raise and the more women we can help

Please contact the charity on 01782 676444 or email charity@uhnm.nhs.uk to find out more

Young Max raises funds for unit which cared for him

Young Max Crompton wanted to thank the unit which treated him for cancer so, with a little help from his mum and 'Max's Superheros' they organised and held a fabulous charity ball which raised an amazing £15,000!

Last week Max, along with litte brother Harvey and mum Sam came in to hand over the cheque to Paediatric Consultant Sarah Thompson and the Children's Oncology Unit team.  

The family were really pleased to hear that the donation means that the team will now be able to purchase an interactive light floor which will make a huge difference to the experience of children who come into the unit.

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'Twiddlemuffs' arrive at Royal Stoke!

We are very lucky to have a group of amazing knitters who regularly supply our neonatal unit with beautiful clothes for our tiny patients. But we have recently discovered a new item which is especially for our older patients instead.

Twiddlemuffs are knitted muffs which help calm older people who suffer restless hands due to dementia. The muffs not only keep cold hands warm but have various things attached to them which the owner can ‘twiddle’, things like ribbon, zips and buttons.

We’ve just received our first batch and now we’re looking for knitters, wool and ‘twiddles’ so that we can create lots more muffs for our Elderly Care wards at Royal Stoke University Hospital and County Hospital.

If you are a knitter or have items to donate please contact Emma Robertson on 01782 676444 or email emma.robertson@uhns.nhs.uk

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