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Grand Winter Raffle raises a huge £12.5k for our hospitals

With prizes including holidays in Portugal and Cornwall, and hundreds of pounds worth of vouchers, it’s no surprise that our Grand Winter Raffle attracted staff, patients and visitors from right across the Trust. We’re delighted to announce the grand total of £12,500, which will go directly towards helping patients in our hospitals. The lucky winner of our fabulous first prize – a three-night five star luxury break in Portugal – was Raymond Jarvis from Plymouth. Raymond received a heart transplant at Harefield 13 years ago – what a worthy winner! The winner of our stellar second prize – £500 worth of Amazon vouchers – was Mrs Keerthisingham. The winning raffle tickets for the remainder of the prizes were: 3rd prize: One week self-catering cottage in Cornwall – 007011 4th prize: £250 worth of Marks & Spencer vouchers – 049495 5th prize: £50 worth of Sainsbury’s vouchers – 052978 6th prize: Handbag by Cataleya London – 02141 Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and well done to all our winners! We’d like to say a special thank you to Colletts Travel and The Conrad Algarve Hotel, Steven Lavery, Sainsbury’s Beaufort Street and Cataleya London for donating such wonderful prizes.

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Charity Carols raise over £13,000 for our hospitals

Last week’s Carols by Candlelight concerts at St Luke’s Church, Chelsea and St. Mary’s Church, Harefield saw more than 400 of our supporters attend and raised a whopping £13,000 for our hospitals. We were delighted to welcome BBC’s Nick Robinson to speak at our Chelsea concert. Nick was treated for lung cancer at the Brompton, and has on-going speech therapy with the brilliant Dr Julia Selby, Clinical Lead Voice and Respiratory Speech and Language Therapist. He spoke of the weird and wonderful speech exercises she made him perform – “such as quacking like a duck” – and how, they have helped his voice markedly. He also spoke movingly of how, at other times, he felt he could “cry on her shoulder”. We were also delighted to be joined by Lady Patricia Finch, wife of the late Sir Robert Finch, who was our Chairman until his untimely death earlier this year. Their daughter, Alexandra Collini, read beautifully. The fantastic St Luke’s Choir led the carols, and also performed some stunning choral pieces that set a reflective tone to the evening’s festivities. Our very own Singing for Breathing Choir, made up of Royal Brompton and Harefield patients with respiratory conditions, were up...
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Santa Dashers raise £9,600 for Harefield Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit

On a perfectly crisp and sunny winter’s Sunday, more than 100 of our brilliant supporters donned their Santa suits and beards with pride and completed the 1.8km route around Ruislip Lido. The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor John Hensley, and his wife Diane started the dash and were on hand at the finish to hand out the medals. Our stand-out fundraiser this year was Neil Livingstone, who, with his family, raised a huge £7,555. Neil’s wife Naomi was taken seriously ill in October and spent time on the Intensive Care Unit at Harefield. Having seen the Santa Dash advertised around the hospital, Neil and his family decided to get involved and support the hospital to say thank you for the outstanding care Naomi has received on her road to a full recovery. Nigel Fisher was also among those who raced around the lido. Nigel’s father was cared for at Harefield but sadly passed away earlier this year. He had promised his father that he would make the next 12 months, leading up to Nigel’s 50th birthday, a time to raise money for Harefield, starting with our Santa Dash. You can read more of Nigel’s story here. Thank you to everyone who...
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Women at the Heart of the Matter lunch with guest speaker Deliciously Ella raises £40,000

Ella Mills, better known as Deliciously Ella, joined 100 other successful women at our Women at the Heart of the Matter lunch and auction last Tuesday at the Apothecaries’ Hall in the City of London, to raise awareness of cardiovascular disease in women. Royal Brompton Cardiologist Surgeon Professor Peter Collins began by explaining how, when asked, the majority of people he surveyed considered breast cancer to be the number one killer of women in Western Europe, when in actual fact it is cardiovascular disease. He explained how cardiac issues present themselves more subtly in women than in men, putting women at greater risk. He implored guests to get themselves tested and make lifestyle changes to lower their risk. Ella was the perfect spokeswomen for how changing your diet can vastly improve heart health. She spoke bravely about being diagnosed in 2011 with Postural Tachycardia Syndrome, a condition that causes the heart rate to increase abnormally rapidly when standing from sitting. Ella also spoke of the effects on her mental wellbeing during the time after her diagnosis, when she withdrew from the world. “I love empowering people, especially women, to feel great” – Ella Mills Ella went on to describe her transition…

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Charity ‘Mega Monday’ raises £13,500

Christmas Gift Fair and Brompton Quiz prove to be a winning fundraising combo Shopping with a purpose Paxton and Whitfield cheese mongers were delighted to be at our Christmas Gift Fair Our inaugural Royal Brompton Christmas Gift Fair played host to more than 35 independent stallholders selling local and luxurious products that drew in festive shoppers along the King’s Road. Among them were Paxton and Whitfield Cheesemongers selling artisan cheeses and chutneys, New Hall Lavender, selling beautifully fragrant moisturisers, Bethlehem Baubles, offering delicate hand-blown tree decorations from Jerusalem and CozyGlo, selling adorable nightlights for children. There was also cashmere by Susie Pringle and Wyse Cashmere, gorgeous candles and home ware by LilouetLoic, English sparkling wine by Wiston Estate and stunning jewellery from SJP Jewellery, among others! All of our unique stallholders donated 10% of their sales to our Charity. We’d like to say a huge thank you to them, and to all of the shoppers who dropped in. With their help, we managed to raise an impressive £3,500. Click on the arrows below to see some of our favourite pictures from the day. Let’s get quizzical But there was no time to rest, as the room was transformed from shopper’s paradise...
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Help us change NHS England's mind on closing life-saving congenital heart disease services at Royal Brompton Royal Brompton has a superb track record of treating and caring for vulnerable patients with congenital heart conditions. That’s why NHS England’s plan to close congenital heart disease (CHD) services at Royal Brompton Hospital is illogical. We need your help and support to tell our politicians just how disastrous it would be if CHD services were no longer available at Royal Brompton. The proposal to decommission this vital service puts patients’ lives at risk. These services take in patients from infancy, through childhood and right through adulthood, too. What you need to know NHS England’s plans are nothing to do with the quality of care at Royal Brompton. Official data shows that we are one of the largest, safest and most effective CHD centres in the UK. We believe these plans do not make sense and are not in the best interests of our patients. The Trust's governors and board strongly oppose the plans. They do not think the changes will improve patient care in any way. We are working with NHS England to develop more sensible proposals. However, we can’t do this without...
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