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!

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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:

Local school raises over £2500 for ROH Charity










Local School Raises over £2500 for Children & Young Peoples Appeal.


On Friday 29th April we were lucky enough to attend St Laurence Church School in Northfield to present the students and teachers with their very own fundraising certificate having raised over £2500 for ROH Charity. 

Millie – School Ambassador, aged 11 kindly explained to us how the Lenten project works at St Laurence Church School: 

“Someone from the Charity comes at the beginning to explain what the Charity does (I did this on behalf of the ROH-to “launch” the Lenten project due to COVID).  It lasts for the month of Lent (hence the title).

Each week, a different year group leads, all 4 years in the school. This then happens for 4 weeks. 

Each lunchtime, the children hold stalls, where other children pay money to take part (games, raffles etc)

As well as the daily lunchtime stalls, there are other organised fundraisers during lent for the selected charity:

Lenten disco, Sponsored walk, Sponsored Danceathon, Frozen Friday (Ice cream sale), Bake sale (cakes), Silver service (the staff and year 6 children wait on the younger children who buy tickets), Children’s raffle, Adult raffle,  Non-uniform day.”

Students chose ROH Charity as their Charity of choice for their 2021 Lenten project and have asked for the funds to support our Children & Young People’s Outpatient Department. 

“We really value these key community partnerships and really value when children themselves, 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” – Ali Gray, Charity Manager 

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Great Birmingham Run 2022 #TeamROH




#TeamROH conquer The Great Birmingham Run 2022



#TeamROH successfully took part in The Great Birmingham Run last Sunday and raised a whopping £2782.09 including gift aid, towards our general appeal. 

The last time the event took place was back in 2019, so it was lovely to see ROH Charity represented at the event once again. 

It was lovely to have both staff and patients taking part in the event, many of whom have shared their various reasons for taking part in these fundraising initiatives: 

“The expert care I received at ROH throughout the month that I was in hospital was amazing; I am back home with my family and able to take part in this event because of the first-class professionals that work there” Jon– Patient at ROH 

We would like to say a huge thank you to all the fundraisers who took part, as well as all those who donated to their team page or took the time to attend the event on the day!  

To visit the team’s JustGiving pages and hear their stories, visit . 

All funds raised will support patients, staff and research trials at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital. 

Submit your #TeamROH photos by emailing

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The Ice-lolly research trial!

Ice Lollies supporting patient wellbeing!

Consultant Anaesthetists, Dr Adam Hancox and Dr James Brunning contacted the ROH Charity in summer 2021 to initiate a new research trial to support the recovery of patients at The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital (ROH) in Birmingham. Their application was granted by the Trustees of the Charity and they proceeded with the trial.

Data from The Royal College of Anaesthetists national audit showed that the most common complaints after surgery were thirst, sore throat and post-op nausea and vomiting (PONV), this trial looks at an innovative way to suppress these symptoms for patients within recovery.

A registrar who worked in Holland trialled giving children ice lollies after their surgery.  When he walked into the recovery department, he discovered kids enjoying ice lollies rather than children in discomfort and crying which is usual for this age group. He was hugely struck by the impact something so small had on their wellbeing.

The ‘ice lolly trial’ as we call it, has been introduced at multiple other medical institutions across the UK. University College London introduced the trial within their Intensive Care Unit to support patients when taking their endotracheal tubes out (plastic breathing pipe into the windpipe that allows mechanical ventilation for sedated patients).

There was also a trial at the Mayo Clinic which looked at children’s attendances at A&E.  If the children were given ice lollies, 70% thought the doctors cared vs 57% without a lolly.

The trial was introduced at The ROH and data was collected from 154 patients.  Half of which were given ice lollies the others were not.  All patients had the same average level of comorbidities, length of surgery and starvation times.

As soon as the patient woke in recovery, the team completed a global wellness score and again on leaving recovery.

The cost of medication given to support the recovery of patients with PONV ranges from £1.52 – £5.99, whereas the cost of an ice lolly roughly 10p.

From the data collected, we can see that there is a slight decrease in the amount of medication given per person to the ice lolly group.

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Data was also collected for these patients around the length of time they stayed within recovery. The group of patients who were given ice lollies were able to leave the ward area 30 minutes prior to those who were not given an ice lolly.

In summary, it seemed that giving patients an ice lolly reduced their length of stay in recovery, improved their wellness, reduced thirst, sore throat and PONV and potentially saved a small amount of money.

This was a small project in which ROH Charity funded to support patient wellness. The results were positive and it is something the Trust are looking to implement further.

“The recovery staff really enjoyed it. It altered their interactions with the patients, and it brought a little bit of fun and an alternative to standard medical treatment for common problems for patients”  Dr James Brunning – Consultant Anaesthetist

“We would like to say thank you to Dr James Brunning and Dr Adam Hancox for letting us be part of such an innovative and fun research trial that produced really interesting results.” Ali Gray – Charity Manager

ROH Charity supports small start up research projects like this one all the time to enhance the experience of patients not only at ROH, but across the UK.

To find out more about how we support research at ROH, visit

ROC | Royal Orthopaedic Charity

Bristol Road South
B31 2AP

Registered Charity Number: 1078046

Call: 0121 6854379

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