Huge congratulations to
Team ROH who took on the mighty Birmingham Velo yesterday and smashed
it! We’d like to commend every member of the team for the effort they put
in to completing this seriously scary 100 mile ride. There were some
spills, scrapes, a damaged wrist and no doubt some aching muscles, but
like champions they carried on and got the job done.
The team took on this monumental challenge to raise funds for the Throne Project which aims to improve patient experience for dementia patients at ROH. They have raised a whopping £3,855 already, but there’s still time to give! Click here to donate.
Each bathroom refurbishment in the Throne Project costs just £600. The team’s effort mean we can support an additional 6 bathrooms ensuring they are an optimum area for our patients with dementia, something that is invaluable and we will be forever grateful.
Well done to Kevin Taylor, Martin Crisp, Ross Allen, Craig Bayliss, Mr Prem, Michal James, Ryan Challinor, Benjamin Bould and Time Pile. You’re all heroes and this is a fantastic accomplishment.
A big part of the charity’s role is to ensure our patients’
hospital experience is the best it can be.
Earlier this year we met with the Ex Cathedra Singing
Medicine team in order to build a fun positive experience of being in hospital
through music and song.
The amazing team that makes up Ex Cathedra were really supportive in building a programme which is bespoke to our children & young people’s service. We are a specialist hospital and sometimes our patients can struggle to get involved in activities due to their orthopaedic conditions. Ex Cathedra work really hard to ensure every patient, child and family member has the opportunity to get involved and join in the fun.
In an environment where children can feel they have lost
control over their lives, singing games offer children ways of making
decisions. The Singing Medicine programme also supports areas of
children’s learning and can be adapted to meet children’s individual needs as
required. The deep breathing required by singing enables participants to
reconnect with core muscles, and helps increase lung capacity, which of course
helps the patients feel more calm and at home. Singing activities often
include some movement to increase physical mobility, and vocal tutors are
actively working with physiotherapists in order to increase the development of
particular muscles in conjunction with their daily excersizes, which is a great
added extra for our patients.
“Investing in the experience of our patients is something we do with pride. When we heard about the success of the programme at other local hospitals, we were really keen to replicate that enhanced experience for children & young people at the ROH” Rebecca Lloyd – Head of Strategy
Working in child or family groups singing sessions relieve boredom, offers a distraction from the ward around them, and reduce social isolation, something so important in a care setting. Ex Cathedra will be joining our children & young peoples service twice a week for the next 6 weeks which is something truly special for the patients at ROH.
This weekend fundraiser Chris Ellwood took on the UK’s most
popular marathon in style and smashed it.
Chris has been part of the Desford Striders running club for
3 years after joining their couch to 5K programme, & this year wanted
a challenge to beat all challenges. Chris applied for our charity space back in
January, so has only had 3 months to train which is a triumph in itself.
Chris completed the whole course, that’s all 26.2 miles, in just over 4 hours, averaging in just over 6 miles an hour.
“It was a pleasure to be the first person to run the London Marathon for the ROH. It was an amazing experience which made all the early cold morning training runs feel worthwhile”
We’re really grateful that Chris chose to run for us this year, and proud that he completed it in such an amazing time. All the money raised will go towards our general fund, which will help improve patients experience in many different ways.
To find out more about the impact of donations, visit our Impact tab.
So today we met the lovely Autumn who has been hard at work
promoting the hospital, raising awareness and holding a birthday fundraiser!
Autumn, age 9, is a scoliosis patient at the hospital and
has been for many years. Autumn attends regular check ups at the hospital with
consultant Mr Mehta, who is a specialist spinal surgeon. Her regular
appointments require x-rays and fitting of new braces to support her back.
“I have scoliosis, a condition that mean I have a curved spine. I go to the hospital for my braces it be fitted, x-rays and I’ve also had an MRI there”
Autumn wanted to give something back to the hospital, to say
thank you for all the support she’s had over the years, and will continue to
have in the future. Her birthday was coming up, and she decided this year she
would forfeit gifts for something more special.
“I organised a birthday fundraiser. We had 10 stalls including guess the name of the teddy, face painting, pancakes, and craft stalls”
Autumn invited all the children at her primary school along
and over 70 children attended and took part in the fun.
“After, we even had a disco whilst my grandad counted the money”
All Autumns hard work paid off and she raised a huge £730.56 for the hospital charity.
We are completely overwhelmed by the selflessness and
resilience of this young lady. For most 9 year olds, receiving gifts on their
birthday is one of the highlights of their year, but Autumn sacrificed all that
for us and we can’t thank her enough.
On Friday 8th February over 200 staff came together to celebrate ROH employees who live and breathe the trust values whilst delivering or contributing to outstanding care. From 289 nominations, the shortlisting panel had a tough job choosing their winners.
The night was full of cheer and support for both the hospital and each other. Lots of people refer to their colleagues as a family, and this was prominent at the awards this year, everyone was so pleased with each others success which was truly lovely to see.
Did you know we fund the staff awards each year?
Every year the annual awards is funded by the Invest in Our best appeal. We support the awards every year as an opportunity to give something back to the employees and teams who are making positive change every day. Whether that be from going the extra mile to take care of a family, or developing a new process it all helps the ROH to grow and innovate.
We would like to say a special to thank you to:
Stella Noon – Former Matron, governor and long term friend of the hospital, for sponsoring Nurse of the year award.
Kirk Bent – Oncology Patient for sponsoring the Outstanding contribution to patient experience.
Amelia Eldred previous patient at the hospital, who attended as a special guest at the ceremony and danced with surgeon Lee Jeys. Hear all about her story here.