We would firstly to thank everyone involved in our events over the past year; Friday 5th July saw our Big Tea event for the NHS' 71st Birthday, Saturday 6th July saw the first time we entered the Wakefield Rotary Club Dragon Boat Race, and Sunday 8th September saw 18 runners take part in the Great North Run on behalf of our charity.
Staff, businesses & members of the local community are central to us as a Charity achieving our goal of improving patient care in Mid Yorkshire Hospitals; none of this could have been done without your support.
As 2019 comes to a close we'd like to take a look back at what has been such an incredible year for our charity! We've seen more events, support and engagement than ever and thanks to this we've been able to support our hospitals in enhancing the care and experience of patients.
Thank you to everyone who has supported us this year, we truly look forward to see what's next for our charity, and we expect 2020 to be even bigger!
We are so proud to announce that monies raised from all of our Christmas events totalled £1,025.26! Thank you so much to everyone who got involved or donated, we really appreciate everything you do to help our hospitals do more. This will go such a long way to enhancing the care and experience of our patients.
On Wednesday 30 October from 1pm to 4pm, the MY Hospitals Charity team will be in the Pinderfields main atrium to discuss with the public the ways that they can contribute and help our hospitals do more. Pop along for a chat and to share in the Halloween spirit!
The final performance dates are the 11th and 18th of December, around 1pm.
Our most sincere thanks go to Arron Gregory for taking part in an incredible 70 mile Sponsored Bike Ride from Knottingley to Withernea, on 28th September, in addition to raising £745.90 for our Neonatal Fund!
We are so grateful to supporters such as Arron who enable us to help our Hospital Services do more.
Thank you so much to Gary Overend who generously volunteered to run a 10 mile endurance challenge whilst carrying a 35lb rucksack!
Not only did he complete the challenge but he's also raised £905 for MY Hospitals Charity to support us in our aim to help our hospitals do more. What an incredible figure!
He did all this to say thank you to our fantastic NHS Staff for the "amazing care" they provided for his wife and daughter during their time at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
You can read Gary's story and donate here at: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/gary-overend2
We are so grateful to be in the position to share our A&E Department has had a My Improvement Network Reminiscence Interactive Therapy Activities 'RITA' Unit donated to calm and relax patients living with Dementia whilst being treated in our Emergency Department.
Anita Ruckledge (Lead Dementia Care Nurse), Kirsty Jowett (Fundraising Manager), Sister Amy Johnson and Sister Cara Fleming (pictured left-to-right) were thrilled to receive the unit; Anita added "This will be so valuable in providing comfort and therapy to our patients with cognitive impairments"
Thank you so much to My Improvement Network for kindly offering to donate this unit to our Emergency Department. MY Hospitals Charity and the ED team are so incredibly grateful; on behalf of our Patients, Families and Carers - thank you!
You can find out more about the units donated at: https://myimprovementnetwork.com/
Stories like these make us realise just how lucky we are to have had our NHS faithfully serve us for the last 71 years.
Jane Aspinall, whose son George at 5 months old was treated on Gate 46, Pinderfields Hospital on and off for months. It was only the fantastic care for not only her son, but also for herself, provided by our amazing NHS Staff on the ward.
To say thank you for the care her family received, to those on the ward who "made what was a horrendous experience bearable", Jane volunteered to run in the Vale of york half Marathon to raise money for Gate 46 to be used to enhance the care and experience we provide to our young patients.
So far her totals have exceeded £500 and donations are still coming in even after running!
We at MY Hospitals Charity are deeply thankful for the commitment Jane has shown, and if you would like to show your thanks to Jane as well you can still donate at:
The Great North Run 2019 was clearly bigger than the last year for MY Hospitals Charity; 18 runners took part and completed the 13.1 mile challenge on behalf of our charity, collectively raising over £7000 for our hospitals in Wakefield, Dewsbury & Pontefract! We are so thankful for the commitment these runners have shown in preparing for the run, and for their fundraising efforts.
“Service Not Self”
This is the motto by which Hazel J. Pope lived her whole life. A lifelong Christian, she was forever giving people bunches of flowers, often picked from her own garden and usually in little vases she’d buy in charity shops. This generosity was reflected at her funeral where she not only asked that everyone receive a flower from her as they left, but where thoughtful donations from family & friends totalled an incredible £2503.12, to go to our Stroke Unit.
Her family said, “We’re very grateful to all the doctors, nurses, chaplains, family and friends for helping make Hazel‘s last fortnight a very special time for us all.”
The donations will go such a long way to improving our patient experience and we are deeply thankful to the family for thinking of us in such an emotional time.
Our Tissue Viability and Medical Physics Team are very excited to announce that as a result of support received from MY Hospitals Charity they have been able to purchase a large quantity of Repose (Pressure Relieving) Cushions (pictured above).
This will help our organisation, to aid and respond to the prevention of pressure ulcers for patients when sitting. It has been a long journey to reach their goal, and we now want to celebrate the achievement with our teams who played a key player in making this vision a reality for the benefit of our Patients.
We are so thankful for the kind support our hospitals receive from the communities we serve, such as the heartfelt donation made recently in memory of Mrs Irene Collins from her family to Gate 44, in recognition of the excellent care that she and her family received during Irene's final days.
Donations such as these go a long way to improving the care and environments here at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, in turn supporting our staff to provide the highest level of care on the wards, for that we cannot be more thankful to the family for this incredibly heartfelt gesture.
We are so thankful that Zach and Tom kindly volunteered to hike to fundraise in aid of MY Hospitals Charity for the second year in a row. Last year it was the Dales and this year it was the Alps!
They have 'vlogged' their journey on YouTube so please show your support on their videos at: https://youtu.be/Osb-58L0Okk as well as on their JustGiving Page:
We had the privilege of being invited to the former Mayors handover on July 29th; Councillor Stuart Heptinstall supported our Adult and Children’s Burns Unit during his term of office for 2018/19. Our sincere thanks for Councillor Stuart’s support and all that played a part from Wakefield Council, this will support our amazing colleagues within the Burns Unit teams to provide those added extras for the benefit of our Patients.
We are so proud of the amazing staff and patients at Dewsbury's Rosewood Specialist Palliative Day Support & Therapy unit for holding the Ramble for Rosewood from 22nd July which has so far raised £1052 for their unit. This is such an incredible commitment from everyone involved, for whom we are so thankful.
We are proud to now be able to share Clive Barrett's final fundraising total from his Charity Cut on the 22nd July, which was a very poignant and personal date for Clive.
He set out with a target of £500, which he has far exceeded.... Clives total including Gift aid stands at £1,196.48.
Incredible gestures like these support our Charity aspirations in helping our Hospitals do more....
Our heartfelt thanks to Clive and all who supported in this.
We had the pleasure of meeting a Family who wanted to give back to Gate 46 for the 'wonderful care' they received during their Son's time on the ward.
This was also kindly supported by Pamela Abbott of the Morrisons Distribution Centre Junction 41 who constantly drives charitable donations from the Company to support our local communities. Many thanks to the Family and Morrisons for their kind gesture in donating a DVD player, TV, kettle, tea, coffee and hand mixer, purchasing what they felt was most needed to support parents and families on the unit.
MY Hospitals Charity had three staff teams, Medicine, ABC Team & ‘Surgery Pirates’ , for the Rotary Dragon Boat Race on 6th July, all of whom competed to demonstrate their athletic prowess with the goal of raising as much money for MY Hospitals Charity as possible so we can help our hospitals do more.
It came down to a photo finish, but the winners of the 2019 Dragon Boat race between our 3 teams were the Division of Medicine team!
Above all of this our teams managed to collectively raise an incredible sum totalling over £3500 for MY Hospitals Charity. Thank you to everyone involved!
We are proud to share totals raised so far from our Big Tea event last Friday 5th July stands at £741.21. This is a fantastic 'gift' to the NHS in recognition for it's 71st Birthday on the same date.
A massive thanks to everybody that supported during and throughout we are so incredibly grateful. What an amazing amount to raise for the benefit of our patients.
On behalf of our staff, patients and families thank you!