John’s Story

We’d like to thank John, Len and all members Edwina Lodge (no. 4237) for their generous donation of £1,300 to the Royal Orthopaedic Charity (ROC)!

John and Len are members of the Freemasonry. For Freemasons, there are four important values that help define their path through life: Integrity, Friendship, Respect and Charity.

John is a patient here at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital and recently had a sarcoma removed from his shoulder. John was extremely grateful for the care he received and said, “I was treated so well”.  Because of which, he and the freemasons wanted to thank and support the hospital’s Charity, ROC. Edwina Lodge raised the funds through fundraising events (we hear Len is quite the swimmer!), call for actions and by seeking donations.

We value their support and dedication to our Charity.

Edwina Lodge, THANK YOU!

Photograph details:
Left: Andrea – Oncology Nurse who saw John at his first appointment and has supported his hospital journey, middle: John – ROH patient, right: Len

ROC Roundup – March

On Friday 17th March we celebrated our 26th Anniversary!

For a whole 26 years we have been supporting The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital by funding initiatives to enhance the level of care the hospital provides for patients.

To celebrate, we had the amazing Brownie Boss onsite to serve up delicious treats to our patients and staff. From vegan, to Oreo, to kinder bueno, there was choice for everyone. They have proved to be extremely popular in the Trust! On the day, they raised an incredible £90 for the Charity. 

You can follow them on Instagram here.

We sold the left over Christmas Cadbury chocolate boxes for just £1 and they flew off the shelf! We raised an extra £86.50 for the Charity. 🎄


On 23rd April, Steve Washbourne (Executive Director of Finance and Performance at the Trust) will be running the London Marathon in aid of the Charity, Willow Foundation and Cancer Research. The Charities have been of huge importance and support to colleagues at the ROH who are currently receiving treatment for Cancer. They have raised an incredible £1.5k so far!

You can donate 

We’d like to say a HUGE thank you to Brad who ran the Manchester Marathon in aid of the Charity on Sunday 16th April. They have raised an incredible £1.8k, which will allow us to continue to support patients, staff, students and researchers here at the Trust! ❤️

“The surgical team at the ROH have provided outstanding care and treatment for my father-in-law, Nigel Webber. 

Nigel was diagnosed with a sarcoma in 2021and is just about to have his second surgery to remove his right arm. 

Their compassion, patient centered approach and understanding has been amazing and we will be for ever grateful.”

Check out their JustGiving page here.

We have some incredible members of staff taking on the Great Birmingham Run in May, both the 10k and the half marathon! 

Heather Campbell & Tomas Stankus

Heather and Tomas are both running 10 Kilometres during the Great Birmingham Run to support the Royal Orthopaedic Charity.

Heather said:
This is an opportunity to give our patients something extra, whilst combining that with exercise! Since covid, we have both taken up running to keep healthy. We want to provide ourselves with a challenge and a meaningful goa​​​​​​​l.

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Tomas said:
Sometimes good ideas can be born in the most unexpected circumstances – like during the Trust’s mandatory training session, for example. And so here we are now with the plan to transform our occasional fitness running into something that is (a bit of) a challenge and can serve the good purpose at the same time!

Donate here.

Phill Vinnicombe & Craig Bayliss

Phill and Craig are running on behalf of their work colleague who has recently been diagnosed with cancer.

Their colleague, who would like to remain anonymous, has worked in housekeeping at the ROH for an incredible 45 years!

Phill said:
Our colleague is a very much loved in our department and throughout ROH, especially OPD where she works on evenings. Speaking to her today gave me such drive to want to do her proud. Myself and Craig will do our best. The run is a small gratitude for a lovely lady who we admire. Cancer affects everybody and doesn’t care about its destruction. We need to hold on to hope and continue to fundraise, raise awareness and stay strong. Let training commence!“​​​​​​​

Their work colleague said:
I would like to thank all my colleagues for their love, best wishes and support, it’s been very appreciated. I also want to thank the people who have been looking after me and continue to do so. Everyone has been great, so humbling. It has been hard but I’m doing OK. I’m touched that Phill and Craig think this much of me to be running in honour of myself. I think it’s great and thank them both. I’m just glad it’s not me! Good luck!

 Donate here.

Camille Braithwaite

After a 4 year break, Camille will be taking on the challenge of a Half Marathon during the Great Birmingham Run to support the Royal Orthopaedic Charity.

Camille said:
I am a theatre nurse and running helps me keep me fit and balances work and home life. Knowing that I will be running a half marathon for the Royal Orthopaedic Charity gives me motivation to conquer this challenge. It has been 4 years since I have done one but this time it is more meaningful because it is with a purpose; to raise funds for such a worthwhile cause while doing what I love to do.”

Donate here.

Have you ever wondered what it feels like to fly? Find out this summer!

You can sign up here.


Thank you Professor Phil Begg

“On behalf of the Charity, I thank Professor Phil Begg for his service, enthusiasm and dedication to the Royal Orthopaedic Charity.

In the last few years, the Charity has become far more recognised both internally and externally and I appreciate Phil supporting the vision I had for the Charity when I joined in 2020 and helping us get to where we currently are.

Phil’s passion for the ROH, NHS, our charity and the local area have certainly helped put the FUN in FUNdraising and we thank him very much for all his support. Phil will be greatly missed by all his colleagues and we wish him all the very best for the future.”

Ali Sprason, Charity Manager

ROC Roundup – Valentine’s Day Bake Sale raises £500!

Love is in the air as ROC raises an incredible £500 at their Valentine’s Day bake sale!

On Valentine’s Day, we celebrated the day of love by hosting a bake sale! We had a large array of goodies available from homemade bakes, sweets, chocolate, and donated goodies. We’d like to thank everyone who popped by the stand and supported us.
 Your contributions allow us to continue to provide excellent care for patients and support our staff. 

We would like to say a huge thank you to those who donated sweet treats to us for the bake sale. 

  • Asda Barnes Hill
  • Bobby’s Foods
  • Bookers Stirchley
  • Costa Northfield
  • Morrisons Rubery
  • Rebecca Hipwood
  • Samantha Bull 
  • Shanelle House-Brown
  • Starbucks Northfield

On Pancake Day, we had the incredible The Fine Food Parlour serving up delicious treats for staff and patients to enjoy!

You can follow them here.


Agatha Quiztie? Let’s Get Quizzical? Les Quizerables? What would your team name be?

We’re hosting a quiz night to celebrate ROC’s birthday! There will also be raffle prizes to be won. Get your winning team together and join us as we celebrate.

You can purchase tickets here.

Team #ROCCharity are taking part in the Great Birmingham Run again this year! You can support our fantastic members of staff who are taking part here.

Are you looking to set yourself a challenge? By becoming part of team #ROCCharity you will be running/walking/skipping in support of the patients and families who are cared for by The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, as well as supporting the incredible NHS staff who work there.

Please email for more information.

ROC Christmas Appeal raises £6,745 to support patients and staff!

Happy New Year! We hope you all had a magical festive season and a prosperous New Year. 

During the festive period at the Trust, the Royal Orthopaedic Charity (ROC) hosted an array of activities to raise funds for our Christmas Appeal which included hosting a Christmas market to celebrate our recent rebrand, Giving Tuesday, a Christmas bake sale, festive dress day, a Christmas Party, a drop and shop sale and more!

The total raised was an incredible £6742! This is the most we have ever raised and it continues to help our patients and staff feel supported throughout the Winter months.

Members of staff wearing their Christmas Jumpers, next to a Christmas tree
The Charity team selling cakes at their Christmas bake sale

We recently rebranded to ROC, (Royal Orthopaedic Charity) and were given a fresh identity to reflect the dynamic and life-changing work we support. To celebrate, we hosted a Christmas Market with a variety of talented, local vendors:

-Brockleby’s Pies
-Crafty Cotton & Hook
-Helande Aromatherapy Candles
-Lisa’s Sweet Treats
-Really Awesome Coffee
-Silk Roads Soaps
-The Brownie Boss
-Tokidokie Cookies
-What The Cluck

On 20th December, Sophie Sykes held a Christmas Carol Concert for friends and family in order to raise money for ROC. An impressive £421 was raised! Sophie has had three spinal operations and has been under the care of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital since she was 8 years old.  She is now 15 and it has been a year since her last operation.  She plays the piano to relax, especially during the times when she needs to recuperate.

Sophie stated, “I just wanted to raise some money to give thanks back to the hospital after all they have done for me over the years, I have been a patient there. They have done so much for me, so I am able to keep on doing what I love. I am very grateful to everyone who has supported me over the years.”

We are extremely thankful to have raised received over £1586 worth of gifts-in-kind to support our raffles at the Christmas market and Christmas party. We would like to say a huge thank you to all those who have given to us throughout the festive period. A huge thank you to those who supported out Christmas Appeal 

Sophie hosting a Carol Concert in her home for the Charity
  • Becketts Farm
  • Birmingham City Football Club
  • Birmingham Rep
  • Buckingham Palace
  • Class Bento
  • Costa Coffee Northfield
  • Cotton Craft & Hook
  • Diane Olalla
  • Earth Worth
  • GE Healthcare
  • Handmade by Ali B
  • Harborne Pool & Fitness Centre
  • Helande Aromatherapy Candles
  • Innocent Smoothies
  • Isherwood & Co
  • Loaf
  • Marks and Spencer’s
  • Midlands Art Centre
  • Notty Bites
  • Rachel’s Wonderful Wax
  • Shapesey Candles
  • Tokie Dokie Cookie
  • Silk Road Soaps
  • Slimbridge Wetland Centre
  • The Nursery Hut
  • The Piece Crafting
  • Twin Moon Supply
  • West Bromwich Albion
  • West Midlands Safari Park
  • What The Cluck
  • Really Awesome Coffee
  • Bespoke Gifts
  • The Brownie Boss
  • Tokie Dokie Cookies
  • Therapeutiques
  • Nadia Minkoff London
  • Katheryn Reidy
  • Phillips Razors

We want to say a huge thank you to those who donated, attended, and supported
our events! Your contributions allow us to continue to provide excellent care
for patients and support our staff. 

Charity football match raises over £1700 for ROH!

On Sunday 31st July, colleagues from The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) took on Nightingale Football Club in an unforgettable, friendly football match, to raise money for ROH Charity. Overall, an incredible £1784.05 was raised in support of The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital!

The match took place at The Arden Garages Stadium in Stratford-upon-Avon, with over 100 spectators in attendance who added to the electric atmosphere by cheering on both teams. It was a close match during the first hour, until the 60th minute when registrar, Ibrahim Jaly, scored the first goal for ROH!

In the end, ROH took home the win with a final score of 4-0. The second goal was scored by Nathan Derrick, who works in theatres and porter, Ryan Rumley, scored the last two goals for the ROH.

Nightingale F.C was formed in April 2020, in the early stages of the national lockdown imposed by the government due to the spread of COVID-19. The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Charity is the main football club’s sponsor and since 2020, the club has raised an extortionary amount for the charity.


The ROH team was made up of staff from governance, theatres, IT, HR, specimen drivers, research, porters, registrars and more. Whilst the match was taking place spectators enjoyed a dessert from Brownie Boss, who kindly supported this event. A huge thanks to Brett Ellis (Education & Training Manager and Nightingale F.C player) who kindly donated garden games, colouring books, and bubbles for those on the day who wanted to partake in the activities.

Spectators supported the event by purchasing tickets to the event, raffle tickets and treating themselves to a dessert. All of which were items kindly donated to us by our wonderful partners, sponsors, and local businesses.

We would like to say a huge thank you to the following businesses for supporting this event, without whom we would not have raised these vital funds:

  • Stratford Football Club
  • Tutto Apposto – Private dining
  • Bistrot Pierre
  • Turtle Bay
  • West Bromwish Albion Football Club
  • SnowDome
  • Childs Farm
  • The Brownie Boss – Halesowen

Thank you to all those to supported the event to make it a success!

A special thank you to Nightingale FC for collaborating with us for this incredible event, as well as ROH Staff members Brett Ellis, Ash Tullet and Victoria Scott who did an incredible job managing the event on the day. We could not have raised the amount we did without them!

If you would like to get involved with future ROH Charity events, visit our fundraising pages here or contact the team via our details below.

ROH Charity supports ROH’s Blue Heart Awards!

On Friday 8th July The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital hosted their first Staff awards – ‘Blue Light Awards’ since before the pandemic.

This year ROH Charity supported the event by gaining sponsorship from various individuals and businesses all of which went towards celebrating the incredible staff at ROH.

On Friday 8 July, The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital celebrated the first Blue Heart Awards and the first awards event at a special venue since February 2020. This year ROH Charity supported the event by gaining sponsorship from various individuals and businesses all of which went towards celebrating the incredible staff at ROH.

The Blue Heart Awards celebrate the ‘heart of healthcare’ and the incredible things that the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital team do every day. It’s an opportunity to celebrate the achievements and contributions of the amazing ROH team, recognising their talent, compassion and dedication.

Nominations opened in March with finalists announced in May, an array of awards were selected with over 500 nominations received from staff, patients, relatives and members of the public.

“Supporting staff within the Trust is one of our main objectives. The Blue heart awards offers the opportunity for staff to feel valued and recognised for going above and beyond. Therefore, we jump at the chance to be involved and support the Trust in this way” – Ali Gray, Charity Manager

ROH Charity received an overwhelming amount of support this year for the awards. Genmed pump primed the event by becoming the main event sponsor, their support has enabled the event to be bigger and better than ever.

Left to right: Professor Phil Begg - Executive Director of Strategy and Delivery, Jo Williams - Chief Executive Officer, Gemma Pearcey - Genmed representative, Elaine Bunn - Fundraising Officer, Ali Gray - Charity Manager, Tim Pile - Chairman.

Support was also gained by the following, in which we are so grateful:

The event also celebrated staff fundraisers within the ‘Fundraiser of the Year’ category, with over 11 individuals shortlisted all of whom still are dedicated to supporting ROH Charity both inside and outside of work.

Members of the Charitable Funds Committee voted to decide their winner; however it was noted that they should all be acknowledged for their incredible achievements. Mr Deshmukh, Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon was voted the winner of this category, below details his nomination which displays his achievements over the last few years:

“Mr Deshmukh is a regular fundraiser for us however took it upon himself to take part in the Virtual London Marathon as well as his own personal challenge to complete 6 Marathons challenge in 7 months. Mr Deshmukh went on to raise over £1300 towards ROH Charity and has since gone onto sign up for the 2022 event too.  Mr Deshmukh is one of the first consultants to contact us and get involved in a fundraising activity in support of our Charity and is a great role model to others in the same or similar field”

Medical Secretary to Mr Deshmukh - Rebecca Walker receiving the award on Mr Deshmukh's behalf.
To support this event or any others in our yearly calendar, contact the Charity Team on 0121 685 4379 or
To view the full list of the Blue Heart Awards winners, click here.

Over £1000 raised through the NHS Big Tea!

ROH Charity hosted their very own #BigTeaParty in celebration of the NHS’ 74th Birthday on the 5th July 2022. Over £1000 was raised for ROH Charity thanks to the generous donations made from Archies Flipflops, Starbucks Maypole and Morrisons Bromsgrove.

“The NHS Big Tea campaign is so much more than just fundraising. It’s about raising the profile of NHS Charities across the region and the impact we can have on hospitals. That’s why this year we worked extra hard to support and engage with staff, patients, students and researchers through our Big-Tea celebrations, as well as raise funds for the hospital.” – Ali Gray, Charity Manager

All those in the hospital and the public, were invited to vote in ROH Charity’s first poster competition which launched in early June; an initiative created to help generate new wellbeing ideas which ROH Charity could support. Staff worked together to submit their idea in the form of a poster, which were exhibited both within the hospital and online. Voting opened for all on the NHS birthday (5th July) and will continue to be open until 8th July. Results of the votes will be used to help ROH Charity choose who are the deserving winners of the £5k prize.

A bake sale and flipflop sale also took place with the exhibition in order to raise funds for ROH Charity. This was hosted in the ROH Knowledge hub whereby volunteers, staff, students and researcher regularly convene and where ROH Charity invests a significant amount of their income.

“It was so lovely to see both clinical and non-clinical staff, students and researchers come together to support ROH Charity in such a positive environment. We would like to say a huge thank you to Archies Footwear, Starbucks Maypole and Morrisons Bromsgrove for supporting our NHS Big Tea Celebrations this year. We could not have done it without them” – Elaine Bunn, Fundraising Officer

ROH Charity always tries to support patients and alleviate stress in whatever way they can. Trust Volunteer – Gill kindly supported the event by distributing cakes and sweet treats to all our inpatients, completely free of charge as a gift from ROH Charity. Cards were also given to patients to explain the reasons for the NHS Big Tea and also acknowledge the generosity given from Starbucks Maypole and Morrisons Bromsgrove.

Staff and Volunteers were also gifted large boxes of chocolates to thank them for their incredible work this year. Members of the Trust board hand delivered these to departments as part of the celebrations, which were received gratefully by both clinical and non-clinical teams.

“We wanted to take the opportunity to thank the staff for all for the incredible work they do. The ROH is one team and by working together we really do change lives. In a fortunate turn of events, it’s also ‘World Chocolate Day’ this week on the 7 July – so obviously we had to blend both of these celebrations together!” – Jo Williams Chief Executive Officer

You can still support our NHS Big Tea campaign by hosting your own big tea party at home with your friends and family or with your colleagues at work!

To donate directly to our cause, visit the ‘Donate’ tab above or click here.

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has welcomed fundraisers from a local school

The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital has welcomed fundraisers from a local school, to see how their donations are going to make a difference to young patients at the hospital.

 Children from St Laurence Church School in Northfield raised a whopping £2,500 for the Children and Young People’s (CYP) Outpatient Department.

Image caption: Pupils and teachers from St Laurence Church Junior School, and staff at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.
Image caption: Pupils and teachers from St Laurence Church Junior School, and staff at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital.

Staff at the ROH took the chance to show the children the impact their donation will make to the CYP outpatients department, and were able to speak about the charity and careers in the NHS.

Image caption: Children from the school were able to see where their fundraising money is going, and had a tour of the CYP department.

Pupils at St Laurence’s raised money by holding lunchtime stalls, taking part in games and raffles, raising a fantastic sum which will support the CYP outpatients department.

Rhian, one of the children on the pupil leadership team at St Laurence School, said: “It’s really good to see where our fundraising money is going to and learn more about the hospital. It makes me feel really proud.”

Previously, charitable donations have been able to purchase entertainment units and interactive games for children in waiting areas, as well as a renewed sensory room and installation of ‘under the sea’ themed wall art to make the space welcoming, friendly and put younger patients at ease.

Ali Gray, Charity Manager at ROH Charity, said: “These kind of partnerships with the local community are so important to us, and we really value when local children take it upon themselves to support us. The funds raised will enable us to give young patients at ROH an even better hospital experience, and for that we are so grateful.”

Marie Peplow, Chief Operating Officer at the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, said: “it’s fantastic to show the school children the difference their donation will make first hand, and thank them for their generosity. “It’s been wonderful to inspire the next generation and show them what a career in the NHS could look like, and the range of exciting roles which are available in a trust like ROH.”

To make a donation to the Royal Orthopaedic Hospital Charitable Fund, visit:

Cerebral Palsy Awareness

Cerebral Palsy Awareness Day 2022

Today is Cerebral Palsy awareness day and we would like to share a story that will hopefully inspire those with this diagnosis as well as educate the public of the wide range of support The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital gives to patients across the UK

Tully Kearney – Paralympic Champion has been and is still a patient at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital, visiting us since 2010. We met with Tully recently to talk about her ROH journey to raise awareness of the conditions in which she was diagnosed.

Tully was born with cerebral palsy and developed generalised dystonia (a progressive neurological movement disorder) in her mid-teens. These conditions affect her lower limbs, left arm and shoulders. In 2019, she was diagnosed additionally with scoliosis however none of these diagnosis’ stopped Tully from achieving her dreams.

Tully – who lives in Manchester whilst she is studying at university, often travels to ROH to receive treatments including regular Botulinum Toxin (Botox) injections. 

She often documents her visits on her own social media for her followers to see. Botox injections have the potential to help those struggling with intense muscle movements because of cerebral palsy which is just one of the treatments Tully receives when she visits us.

Tully is an incredible role model to all those living with cerebral palsy, dystonia and or scoliosis as she recently won multiple medals at the Paralympic Games in Tokyo.

“Swimming has always given me something to focus on, be proud of and it helps take my mind off my disability.”

“I am determined to carry on with my life and stay positive. My motto is, ‘Life… be in it’.”

We would like to say a huge thank you to Tully who is an avid supporter of both the hospital and our Charity. We are so grateful for her support.

ROC | Royal Orthopaedic Charity

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