Turning to art to raise money for cystic fibrosis


The family of a teacher who passed away at Royal Brompton Hospital, after a suitable lung transplant donor couldn’t be found, are campaigning to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis.

Sam Yates’s family were devastated by her death,  but rather than being consumed by grief her husband has turned to art – to try and make a difference.

Now through Art Transplant, Luke Yates has created a gallery of work that he is auctioning off to raise money to benefit a range of cystic fibrosis charities, including Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charities (the money received being directed to Royal Brompton’s Foulis Ward).

One painting at a time will be auctioned off on the site, with a two week window to get your bid in -so make sure you bookmark the page if you’re interested in bidding!

Luke has also kindly donated one of his paintings to the hospital's cystic fibrosis ward

Luke has also kindly donated one of his paintings to the hospital’s cystic fibrosis ward


Yesterday was one of those days I will always remember. I arranged to show a prospective donor around parts of Royal Brompton Hospital – except I was absolutely not the right person to do the showing – so I asked Lawrence Mack, General Manager and Professor Darryl Shore, one of the best consultant surgeons in the UK and almost certainly beyond, to act as hosts. We were shown two operations (from the safety of the control room of course) and were told what was happening. I even saw the heart pumping as the surgical team performed open heart surgery. And this morning I sat over my breakfast and thought of those two patients now recovering and getting ready to go back to their lives. Does this job take my breath away – yes it does. So it is no surprise to read this article about how patients who are treated at specialist heart hospitals, like Harefield and Royal Brompton are likely to have the best chances of recovery.

As our London Bridges Walk fast approaches (Sunday June 8th), many thanks to my friends and family who have sponsored me. I am walking with my husband Tony, daughter Sophie and sister-in-law Jane. All sponsorship makes a difference, so if you feel grateful you will not be walking the walk (and tackling the 1,200 steps we think we have calculated will be part of the walk) or, more to the point, if you just want to support Royal Brompton, please do consider sponsoring me – however small.

Of course, as well as supporting the hospitals with our major appeals, the Charity also helps where it can with particular wards. Royal Brompton has the largest cystic fibrosis centre in Europe and in our latest Charity video Dr Su Madge, Consultant Nurse in cystic fibrosis explains how the Trust cares for patients with this life-shortening disease.

And one final personal word – this week one of my closest friends and certainly my closest work colleague leaves to start another job. Cat Weaver worked with me at the National Trust for six years and then came with me to help me set up this charity as Head of Major Gifts and Marketing. I will miss her, but would like to say a big thank you to her for all she has done.

Cat Weaver

Cat Weaver

Unique art exhibition by Royal Brompton cystic fibrosis patients

'Still life with arteries and tulips' by  Kate Hughes

‘Still life with arteries and tulips’ by Kate Hughes

A unique exhibition - Safe Ground: An Unlikely Collaboration – has opened at the Sydney Street coffee shop, Royal Brompton. The display is a collaboration between artists, Anne Thompson and Kate Hughes, who both have cystic fibrosis and are patients at the hospital.

Anne and Kate cannot meet in person due to a risk of cross-infection, but their artistic partnership has flourished since being introduced via email by rb&hArts. The resulting exhibition showcases their individual works, as well as a distinctive joint piece, which was developed by being sent back and forth between them through the post.

Kate explains: “It makes the hospital about something more than just my illness. I feel that I have a new friend now in Anne, which is a difficult thing to happen when you both have cystic fibrosis because of the cross-infection risk. Living with the condition is often about the techniques we use to treat it and how we perceive it. I think that other people with cystic fibrosis will immediately recognise this and feel that someone else knows and shares some of what they are going through.”

The exhibition will be in Sydney Street coffee shop until Saturday 3rd May.