Earlier this month we had the pleasure of organising a commemorative bench from a patient who has been visiting us here at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) for two years.
Mick Rodden contacted us after looking out of his side room window at the green space behind our Outpatients Department whilst he was an inpatient with us. He wanted to organise a bench to remember his time with us as well as give back to both patients and staff who utilise the green space for reflection.
Here is a note that Mick wrote to us after the bench was installed. It shows us that giving isn’t just imperative for us to support the ‘added extras’ at ROH, it is something that gives our donors pleasure too.
Mick said: “ROH. looks after the repair and healing of the body and everyone on the wards trusts the dedication, quality and professionalism of the staff whose sole aim is to get you home feeling far better than when you were admitted. And they do that, they do it because they genuinely care. Everyone from the car park attendant, the cleaners, physios and nurses to the wonderful consultant and the rest of the team are patient-focussed.
“For myself, I have been coming to ROH for two years now, interrupted due to the COVID pandemic. I thought when I was transferred from my local Kettering Northants Hospital in 2019, I would be losing my leg but you have changed all that. I haven’t lost my leg and I have a positive vision for my future, being 70 doesn’t kerb my ambition.
“Mending the physical problems is what you do best, but you also make a difference to the patient’s mental health, the humour, the advice, the positivity, the different characters (crazily funny nurses and health care assistants) who treat and support us all make that difference.
“Donating towards a bench seat or table was an easy choice for me. I just asked the question, and it was done automatically. The charity does so much for the patients and staff wellbeing.
“This seat is something that patients, visitors and all staff can use, just to get away from the ward and relax for a short time whilst in pleasant, quiet surroundings especially in the summer can be an enormous benefit.
“We sometimes forget that the wellbeing of the people who look after us so well is paramount to our own successful healing.
“Thank you all at ROH.”
We would like to thank Mick for his contribution to supporting wellbeing at ROH as well as all of the donors, fundraisers and sponsors who make our work possible.
To donate or contribute towards this cause, simply contact the Fundraising Team via firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 0121 685 4379.
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