To help the remarkable staff working at MKUH, our charity launched an urgent COVID-19 appeal in March 2020.

During the COVID-19 crisis there was an unprecedented demand for our NHS services. Staff at the hospital worked tirelessly – often away from their families – to ensure exceptional care for patients was continually delivered.

The extraordinary outpouring of love that was given to our hospital saw us raising more than £180,000. This was spent on care packs for staff, staff wellbeing hubs, items to support staff when caring for isolated patients, iPads for virtual visiting and a staff room refurbishment programme.

Neonatal unit

In 2020 we raised funds for some very special incubators to benefit babies born too early, too small or very ill – called BabyLeos.

The BabyLeos feature inbuilt weighing scales (so the baby doesn’t need to be lifted out so much); a special heating system to constantly maintain temperature; special mechanisms allowing the baby’s bed to be pulled out for parents to touch and hold their infant; they can even be lowered for C-section mums, play music and allow personalisation of colour, too.

In 2021 we purchased three BabyLeos for the unit – and had triplets as the first patients using them!

Cancer centre

We launched the cancer centre appeal in 2018 to support the building of a new and dedicated space offering treatments and a wide range of information and support services to anyone affected by cancer, all within
a comfortable and welcoming environment.

The new cancer centre brought together most treatments under one roof – where before cancer care is provided in three different locations on the hospital site.

We raised an incredible £1 million towards this building, which opened just before the pandemic hit in March 2020. This funded patient bedrooms, chemotherapy chairs, gardens and extra special equipment amongst
other things.

Ward 3 Garden

Through charitable donations, we were able to fund the transformation of a courtyard garden into a beautiful and useable space, and give patients direct access from the ward.

Tracy Davis, Senior Sister on Ward 3 said: “A lot of patients on the ward have dementia or delirium and they can get restless, so having a courtyard that they can access to go for a walk, get some air and sunshine, or sit and have a chat is fantastic. It’s a peaceful, soothing area which is perfect for taking a break from the ward, which can be very noisy at times”.


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