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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.

 

Healing Arts

Healing Arts
 

Our Healing Arts Programme

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.

 

Upcoming Events

NHS Big Tea Party
 

Join the national outpouring of love and tea with your very own NHS Big Tea party

The NHS Big Tea returns on 5 July 2024, the NHS’s 76th birthday. The nationwide event is the perfect opportunity to show your appreciation for the incredible NHS staff who continue to care so compassionately for us and our loved ones.

Organise a Big Tea party with your friends: Register your interest in celebrating the 76th birthday of the NHS. Email me on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information on how to.

Or

Join us at St Peter’s Hospital in the Eternal Garden on 5th July, 2024 for a chat, a cup of tea and a cookie or piece of cake.

 

Recent Events

New Artwork for Cardiology
 

New Artwork for Cardiology

A new piece of artwork has been unveiled in the Cardiology Department at St Peter’s Hospital, which will help to improve the waiting area for patients, their family and staff working in the department.

 

Tough Mudder Challenge
 

Tough Mudder Challenge

Congratulations to 74 inspiring and tough team members of our ASPH NHS staff and friends who took on and completed the Tough Mudder challenge in Henley-on-Thames this past weekend.

 

New Waiting Room Chairs
 

New Waiting Room Chairs

We would like to say thank you to the Ashford Hospital League of Friends for donating funds which has allowed us to buy new waiting room chairs for the Ashford Hospital X-ray department. The chairs were delivered last week and are a welcome addition to department and patients while they wait for their treatment.

 

Half Marathons for the ASPH Charity
 

Fundraiser for our Palliative Care Team

The Butler family are doing the Middlin March, a sponsored walk, in memory of their amazing father and grandfather, Ron Butler, who they sadly lost last year after a tough battle with vascular dementia. They would like to give thanks and raise donations for our Palliative Care Team and Willow Ward, which is now May Ward.

 

Half Marathons for the ASPH Charity
 

Half Marathons for the ASPH Charity

Congratulations and thank you to our 14 runners who completed the London Landmarks Half Marathon on Sunday, 7th April 2024. We are so incredibly proud of you and thank you to Nuno Pina for arranging.

 

Mike's Running for St Peter's ITU
 

Mike's Running for St Peter's ITU

On the 2nd of June 2023, I headed out for my afternoon run. This was very usual for me - I was fit, healthy and unaware of any underlying health issues. Little did I know, this run would be life changing ...

 

The London Landmarks Half Marathon
 

The London Landmarks Half Marathon

Coming up this Sunday, 7th April 2024, we will have 15 runners in the fun and fabulous London Landmarks Half Marathon! It takes place through central London and passes by some of our capital city’s most iconic landmarks.

 

Cassie’s Half Marathon
 

Cassie’s Half Marathon for St Peter’s Intensive Care Unit

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
 

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."

 

Students Support our Senior Patients
 

Brooklands College Students Support our Senior Patients

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.

 

New Room for RBU
 

New Room for Rowley Bristow Unit Appointments Team

The Orthopaedic and Rheumatology Appointments Team at Rowley Bristow Unit had their office room refurbished this Autumn. Another project made possible with charitable donations.

 

Smiths Group Volunteers
 

United Living Supports ASPH Staff Initiative

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.

 

Smiths Group Volunteers
 

Smiths Group Volunteers and Donates to Ashford Hospital

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.

 

Blanket Prize Draw for Ashford Hospital Community Day
 

Blanket Prize Draw for Ashford Hospital 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.

 

CommuniTea 2023
 

CommuniTea 2023

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.

 

Support Dennis Hammond
 

Support Dennis Hammond, support St Peter’s Hospital’s Paediatric Oncology!

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.

 

20 Years of Supporting Families
 

Neonatal Unit Charitable Fund celebrates 20 years of supporting families

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).

 

Cardiology Department Donation
 

Local Charity Donates Funds to Purchase Equipment for our Cardiology Department

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.

 

Tough Mudder - South West London - May 2024
 

Tough Mudder - South West London - May 2024

Run, crawl and climb at the Tough Mudder while raising money and awareness to support the incredible care at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals.

 

Cycling for Healing Arts
 

Cycling for Healing Arts

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..

 

NHS75 - Meet Clare and Claire
 

NHS75 - Meet Clare and Claire! Fundraising for our Children’s Unit

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.

 

Hospitals receive donation
 

Hospitals receive over £1,000 from Salesian School to celebrate NHS 75th Birthday

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.

 

London Landmarks Half Marathon
 

London Landmarks Half Marathon

Be part of London’s Most Iconic Half Marathon, while raising money to support the incredible care at Ashford & St. Peter’s Hospitals.

 

NHS75 - Dr Thakur and Geetanjali Academy Team
 

NHS75 - Dr Thakur and Geetanjali Academy Team

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.

 

New AE Drugs Preparation Room
 

New A&E Drugs Preparation Room

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.

 

NHS75 - Paediatric Team!
 

NHS75 - Paediatric Team!

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.

 

Over £1,000 Donation for St Peter’s Children’s Wards from Footprints Day Nursery
 

Over £1,000 Donation for St Peter’s Children’s Wards from Footprints Day Nursery

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.

 

Meet the Sole Sisters Team!
 

Meet the Sole Sisters Team!

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 Performs at St Peter's
 

Noah Performs at St Peter's

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.

 

Happy Birthday NHS!
 

Happy Birthday NHS!

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.

 

The Duchess of Gloucester opens new staff garden at St Peter’s Hospital
 

The Duchess of Gloucester opens new staff garden at St Peter’s Hospital

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].

 

Parents Raise Over £21,000 for Neonatal Unit at St Peter’s Hospital
 

Parents Raise Over £21,000 for Neonatal Unit at St Peter’s Hospital

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.

 

Trust Celebrates the Relaunch of its Healing Arts Music Programme
 

Trust Celebrates the Relaunch of its Healing Arts Music Programme

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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