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.
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!
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
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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