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We wanted to use this newsletter as an opportunity to look back over some of our highlights as last year was a particularly important year for the NHS, as we celebrated it’s 75th birthday! Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals’ Charity (ASPH Charity) has been overwhelmed with the support that we received in 2023, and we would like to say thank you to everyone who has donated, fundraised, volunteered or helped raise our profile. Our work is made possible because of you.
In 2017, the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Arts, Health and Wellbeing published a report titled Creative Health: The Arts for Health and Wellbeing, which gave evidence of the positive impact creative and cultural activities can have on health and wellbeing.
On 21 December 2023, my Dad suffered a major heart attack followed by cardiac arrest. After nearly an hour of CPR and 11 shocks to the heart, Dad finally had a regular heart rhythm and was rushed to a specialist cardiac unit at St Peter's Hospital.
New Matrix Treadmill for Patient Rehabilitation
ASPH Charity are delighted to have supported the purchase of a new Matrix treadmill for patient rehabilitation for the Ashford Hospital’s Physiotherapy Gym. Ash Cornford, our Physiotherapy technician has said that "The new treadmill will make a massive difference to our patient’s recovery, to their health and well-being."
We received a visit from three 2nd year students from Brooklands College last week. They brought with them gift bags filled with presents for our senior patients who will spend Christmas Day in hospital.
The Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Appointments Team at Rowley Bristow Unit had their office room refurbished this Autumn. Another project made possible with charitable donations.
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals (ASPH) received a kind donation of £1,500 from United Living, to support the Trust’s “Here 4 You Champions” initiative.
In partnership with Employee Volunteering CiC, a not-for-profit organisation, we were joined by a group of 20 volunteers from Smiths Group, the engineering company, on 31st October keen to spruce up the front of Ashford Hospital ready for Community Day.
This beautiful hand-knitted 3-D blanket was donated to us by the Byfleet Knitting Group. We are offering it to our community in a prize draw. There will be 1 lucky winner. It will be on show at the Ashford Hospital Community Day on Saturday, 25th November. Entry into the prize draw is a £2 (or more) donation to our charity.
Mr Vivek Thadhani (Vivek Thadhani Real Estate) is raising money for us for the new cancer support unit in Ashford Hospital. He is hosting an afternoon tea at Foxhills Hotel and Country Club, Surrey on November 19th, from 2 to 5pm. CommuniTea invitations are open to all but limited by numbers. There is no cost, but a donation is requested. Please follow the link and register (and donate something) to join. Donations are welcome irrespective of event attendance.
Experience a delightful afternoon with your family:
- Entertainment for the little ones with a fun movie.
- Exciting prize opportunities, including luxury hotel stays and a Valentina’s hamper.
- Cash bar to quench your thirst.
The wonderful Dennis Hammond will be raising money for St Peter’s Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology Department this winter. He will do a fastest skyride in the world in North Wales early next year. All funds raised will go to this amazing department and support our beautiful sick children. Read his story here, and watch out for his touching radio interviews with BBC Surrey, Radio Jackie, Radio Wey and Radio Woking to name a few. Please spread this challenge amongst your friends and family.
The Little Roo Neonatal Fund, formerly known as The Early Births Fund, is celebrating 20 years since it was ﬁrst set up to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at St Peter’s Hospital, part of Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (ASPH).
The Cardiology department at St Peter’s Hospital has received a fantastic donation! HeartBeat Support Woking has generously donated funds to purchase a much-needed bladder scanner which will aid the staff working in the department to monitor bladder function in cardiac patients. This is particularly important when using strong diuretics (water tablets) to treat heart failure.
Run, crawl and climb at the Tough Mudder while raising money and awareness to support the incredible care at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals.
Ashford & St. Peter’s Arts and Design Manager, Cat Cooke, is cycling 10km in the Twilight Runaway Challenge with her family to raise funds for and awareness of our Trust Healing Arts Programme..
July 2023 marks the NHS 75th Birthday and we have another fantastic team who joined us on our celebrations! Dr Claire Mitchell and Dr Clare Hill are both paediatric consultants and joined forces and enthusiasm to grab their bicycles and fundraise for our Children’s Unit.
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Paediatric Team were delighted to receive £1,160 from local Chertsey school, Salesians as part of their celebrations for the NHS 75th birthday. Influenced by Ashford and St Peter’s Charity NHS75 campaign, the students organised a Mufti Day for the whole school.
Be part of London’s Most Iconic Half Marathon, while raising money to support the incredible care at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals.
Part of our NHS75 celebrations, Dr Alka Thakur, one of our paediatric consultants is leading a Fundraising campaign with the Geetanjali Academy of Fine Arts from London.
We are so proud to have supported the installation of a new Medication Preparation Room in A&E at St Peters Hospital, funded by charitable donations.
Mike, Charlotte, Ruth, Naren and Megan are doctors, nurses and managers who work in the Paediatric Department, and they are one of our fantastic teams using the ASPH NHS75 fundraising campaign.
Charlotte Michael and Emma Ross from Footprints Day Nursery recently visited St Peter’s Hospital to present the Trust with a cheque for £1,084 for our paediatric wards to refresh their garden and outdoor space.
Kelly, Sam, Kamla, Clare, and Jane work at Ashford and St. Peter’s Hospitals and they are the first team to join our NHS 75th Birthday campaign to fundraise for our Charity!
Noah recently performed for staff, patients and visitors on the piano situated in the main entrance of St Peter’s Hospital. His performance has been described by our staff and patients as truly amazing.
Our beloved NHS is celebrating 75 years on 5 July 2023 and we would like to invite you to join us on the celebrations by fundraising for our children’s unit.
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Gloucester joined staff from Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to officially open a new staff garden, The Queen Elizabeth II Staff Covid Recovery Garden, at St Peter’s Hospital today [Friday 12 May 2023].
In June 2019, Helen and Chris welcomed their beautiful daughter Ruby to the world, Ruby was born at full term at another hospital after a textbook pregnancy and labour.
A large crowd were able to watch the first performance on the Trust’s newly purchased Baby Grand Yamaha piano in the foyer at St Peter’s Hospital to mark the relaunch of the Healing Arts music programme on Wednesday 30th November 2022.
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