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17.03.16

Are you artistic? Or do you know anyone artistic? We have a beautiful fundraising project which invites supporters to create a postcard sized piece of art, preferably linked to a flower or herb theme for us to auction off in aid of our children’s ward at Royal Brompton – appropriately called Rose Ward. Specifically the money will be used to refurbish the children’s playroom – many of our young patients have to stay several days, weeks and even months in hospital, so the playroom becomes a really important part of their lives, not just for play, but also for their treatment and recovery. It is a place where children can feel safe. Patients with cystic fibrosis can’t mix with other children because of cross-infection – so the newly refurbished playroom will be designed with special, little play pods so that these children can play safely and have time out of their bedrooms. Find out more about how you can enter your own piece of artwork. We are also raising funds to create a new microsite for cystic fibrosis teenagers. This is such a vulnerable time for these young patients as they have to be so careful about their diet, lifestyle and medicines. Just…

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05.02.15

  I am always really proud of the charity team, but this week I am especially glowing.  We (well Philip McCarthy and Karen Taylor – I can take no credit) have secured £33,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund to put towards our celebrations at Harefield to mark its centenary.  This is really splendid.  I am not sure if I know of any other NHS charity which has secured HLF before now so we may well be the first.  There are so many stories which are emerging about the last 100 years of Harefield Hospital.  It has an extraordinary history, from its roots treating wounded Australian soldiers in WWI, through its tuberculosis years, and on to being a pioneering heart and lung transplant surgery centre (led by the iconic Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub). Today it continues to be trailblazing, carrying out more heart, lung and dual transplants than any other UK hospital.  Alexander Fleming studied at Harefield, and the world’s longest surviving heart transplant patient is a Harefield patient – and what a wonderful character John Mccafferty is. One of our first events to mark this extraordinary year is a reception at Australia House on Thursday 16th April.  With music, speeches and, of course, sumptuous surroundings, this…

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Prince Charles visits Royal Brompton’s cystic fibrosis ward

Yesterday, the Prince of Wales met patients and staff at Royal Brompton Hospital in his first official engagement as patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. Prince Charles visited Foulis Ward to meet patients being care for at Royal Brompton’s adult cystic fibrosis centre and to speak to clinicians involved in providing specialist treatment. The Prince also met support staff involved in the day-to-day running of the unit, which is one of the largest of its kind in Europe. After unveiling a plaque to commemorate his visit, The Prince of Wales, said: “I am so delighted to have a chance of visiting the hospital and the unit here, which I know does such wonderful work on the cystic fibrosis front, but also I am so proud to become patron of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust in its 50th anniversary year. One of the patients introduced to the Prince was 25-year-old chemistry graduate Nicholas Mason, from Sussex, who is currently on his fourth admission of the year and has spent many months of this year in hospital. Nicholas explained to Prince Charles that his lung function has dropped to about 20 per cent and he therefore needs to carry an oxygen cylinder everywhere he goes. Nicholas…