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Ultra Challenge Series

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Ultra Challenge Series

Walk, jog or run Britain by taking on an Ultra Challenge for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity.

The Ultra Challenge series offers participants the opportunity to choose from a range of challenges ranging from 25km to 100km including virtual versions so family and friends can join in!

Head to the Ultra Challenge website to view the full range of opportunities on offer. Once you’ve found your challenge, simply select us as your chosen charity when you sign up…it’s that easy!

Upcoming challenges include:

South West Coast 50 Challenge  6 August 2022

South Coast Challenge 3 – 4 September 2022

The Saharan Challenge 13-17 October 2022

Isle of Wight Challenge 29-30 April 2023

Jurassic Coast Challenge 13-14 May 2023

Dorset Plane Pull

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Think you can take on a jumbo challenge and pull in some funds for your hospital?

This year, we have a charity space for 1 team of up to 20 people to raise money for our Gully’s Place service by pulling a Boeing 737 a distance of 50 meters.

Team up with your colleagues, friends, family – whoever you can find – and combine your strength together to pull a 35,000kg plane down a runway in this unique challenge!

This year’s Dorset Plane Pull is taking place at Bournemouth Airport. You can enter a team of up to a maximum of 20 participants – don’t worry if you can only enter as a small group or even as an individual – you’ll be partnered up with other pullers on the day.

Whether you just want to see if you can do it or want to take on the other teams to see who can drag this full-sized plane the full 50 metres in the quickest time, this is a fun and memorable challenge that will demand power, guts and teamwork to get your team (and the plane) over the line.

There will be a number of activities and entertainment provided as part of the all-day event, including a BBQ, live entertainment for children and adults, stall and a raffle.

Entry is just £5 per person with a minimum sponsorship target of £1,000.

Sign up today by emailing

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity launches weekly lottery to fund projects for patients and staff at University Hospitals Dorset

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On 14 June 2022 University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity launched a brand new weekly lottery. For just £1 a week, supporters can enter the prize draw to be in with a 1 in 50 chance of winning amazing prizes up to £25,000, all while raising funds for patients and staff at the Royal Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch Hospitals.

60p of every £1 entry will help to fund vital resources such as activities for dementia patients and bereavement support for families who have experienced baby loss to large projects such as the purchase of state-of-the-art equipment including two robotic tilt tables which will help physiotherapists care for some of the hospital’s most unwell patients who are at the beginning of their rehabilitation journey.

Lindsey Sturman, fundraising manager said: “Our weekly lottery will enable us to give something back to our supporters who we cannot thank enough for everything they do to help us fund incredibly important projects at our hospitals. We hope that giving people the chance to win these amazing prizes goes some way towards showing how grateful we are to have their support.

Our goal as a charity is to work with staff to provide the best possible care to patients. The money raised from each £1 entry will go a long way to helping us achieve this.”

Katie Horswill, dementia and delirium team lead said “This is a really exciting new way for Dorset residents to support our local NHS hospitals. I see first-hand the fantastic impact funds raised by the charity have on the service we are able to offer our patients. With charity funding, we recently purchased an omiVista sensory projector for patients living with dementia which has specialist applications including quizzes for cognitive brain stimulation and games to encourage physical movement. This equipment has already started to transform the way some of our patients interact. I am very much looking forward to seeing what the charity and hospital staff can achieve together in the future with funding from lottery entries.”

To enter the lottery, visit, call 01202 004016 or email

To stay up to date with the charity follow @UHDCharity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, or visit

Local football coach hopes to raise £40,000 for charity with his team of under 8’s after lifesaving cancer treatment

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On Saturday 11 June 2022, Christian Smyth and the Christchurch under 8’s will be taking on a 40km challenge, running and kayaking from Bournemouth Pier to Boscombe Pier. Christian devised the challenge to celebrate his 40th birthday. A milestone with particular significance for him as 2022 also marks his fifth year of being cancer free thanks to the teams in the Maxillofacial and ICU departments at Poole Hospital.

Christian hopes to raise £20,000 for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity which will benefit the Maxillofacial department at Poole Hospital and help to improve the treatment of patients undergoing Maxillofacial surgery for mouth cancer.

Christian also lives with an incurable, rare autoimmune liver disease called Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) and aims to raise a further £20,000 for PSC Support who will use the money to invest in research and awareness campaigns.

Christian will complete the full 40km and each of the players will take it in turns to complete a 2.5km run and kayak.

In 2017, Christian visited his GP after noticing white patches on his gums and was later diagnosed with tongue cancer. He underwent major surgery lasting 10 hours, during which his tongue was partly removed and rebuilt using his forearm. Complications from surgery led to him being on a ventilator for a week and left him needing further time in hospital to regain strength and the ability to communicate. Thankfully, the cancer having been diagnosed early meant whilst aggressive, it was treated successfully.

Christian said ‘It means a lot to me to have the support of the players and parents as we attempt this challenge. The weeks I spent in hospital were truly a horrific time for me and my family but we were surrounded by an incredible team at Poole Hospital who almost feel like family to me. The level of care they provided means an awful lot. If it wasn’t for them I may not be here today, let alone able to take on this challenge.”

Janine Golding, community fundraiser for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity said “We are in awe of Christian’s determination to fundraise for us and wish him and the team the best of luck for the challenge on Saturday.”

You can donate to help the team achieve their fundraising target by following this link

To find out more about University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity, visit

Or follow @UHDcharity on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Walk for Wards

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Walk for Wards has been cancelled due to the sad death of the Queen.

Following the sad news of the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, we are now in an official period of mourning. As an NHS trust, we are following protocol and postponing non-medical events during this time, this includes fundraising events.

Whilst we have endeavoured to look at alternative dates, this has not been possible.

As our flagship annual fundraising event, this may be disappointing news for some of you, however, we trust that you understand in these difficult circumstances. We are now calling on you to take part in Walk for Wards 2022 ‘virtually’. You can complete your chosen walk at a time and place to suit you. You may even wish to follow our planned routes around Upton Country Park, taking in the stunning scenery through woodlands and along Poole bay.

All registrants will be sent a copy of the routes, event bib and finishers medal, by post. We’d love to see your photos of your virtual Walk for Wards, so please do send them to or tag us on social media @UHDCharity.

Walk for Wards remains your opportunity to do something amazing for a ward or department close to your heart. Whether you have a loved one undergoing treatment, a personal experience of receiving care at our hospitals, or want to show support for our NHS heroes who’ve gone over and above to deliver exceptional care – what better way to say thank you and show your love for our hospitals.

We thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you at a UHD Charity event soon.

Last year, Walk for Wards marked our first ‘in person’ event as University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity. This year, we’ll be recreating the event’s festival feel with live music, family-friendly entertainment and stalls! Walk for Wards 2022 is not to be missed!

In 2021 250 members of our communities came together to celebrate our local NHS at Walk for Wards, raising over £12,700! Help us make this year even more of a success by gathering together family, friends, or colleagues to walk 3km, 5km or 10km through the beautiful Upton House Country Park whilst raising funds for your hospitals. You can even bring your dogs along for this truly family friendly day out!

Whether you’d like to experience the great outdoors with a short stroll or embark on a long walk, Walk for Wards guarantees a fun filled day making wonderful memories, all in aid of supporting the Royal Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch hospitals.

Walk for Wards is your opportunity to do something amazing for a ward or department close to your heart. Whether you have a loved one undergoing treatment, a personal experience of receiving care at our hospitals, or want to show support for our NHS heroes who’ve gone over and above to deliver exceptional care – what better way to say thank you and show your love for our hospitals.

The picturesque country park serves as a stunning backdrop to the day as attendees take on their charity walk and enjoy the family friendly entertainment, stalls and activities including live music from The Late Shift and a free lunch provided by Rapid Relief.

Sign up today to take advantage of our early bird offer and claim your adult ticket for just £12, child ticket for £5 or family ticket for £30!

Regular adult tickets cost £15 and child tickets cost £8. A family ticket which includes 2 adults and up to 4 children costs £40.

Download a free printable Walk for Wards 2022 promo poster.

You can also get your hands on your very own University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity t-shirt to wear on the day for just £10 for collection from one of our charity offices at either the Royal Bournemouth or Poole Hospitals or £14 delivered to you.

Walk for Wards 2022 is kindly sponsored by Coles Miller Solicitors.


Twilight Walk

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Thank you so much to everyone who joined us at Baiter Park, Poole on Friday 6 May 2022 for Twilight Walk for Women’s Health!

You can view and download the full gallery of images here

So far, Twilight Walk has raised over £8,000 for women’s health services at University Hospitals Dorset.

Twilight Walk 2022 was kindly sponsored by Stock Shop.

Check back here for updates on Twilight Walk 2023…

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales opens the Lavender Garden

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His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales visited the Royal Bournemouth Hospital to recognise all that NHS staff and patients have been through during the past two years.

During his visit, The Prince of Wales officially opened the hospital’s new Lavender Garden, dedicated to the memory of colleagues who have died and a special area for staff to rest, reflect and recharge.

On his way to the Lavender Garden, Prince Charles walked alongside the hospital’s lake and spoke to members of the trust’s estate team to learn more about the benefits of green spaces to both staff and patients.

He then unveiled a plaque in the new Lavender Garden and met relatives and colleagues of hospital staff who have passed away. The garden is a peaceful oasis for staff and was funded by generous donations to University Hospital Dorset NHS Charity.

The Lavender Garden was originally proposed by the hospital’s theatres team as a space to remember their dear friends and colleagues, Anna and Tom, who they sadly lost to cancer in 2020.

Donna Bailey, surgical first assistant, explained: “Just before Anna died, I gave her a bunch of lavender from my garden, and that’s where the idea for this special space came from. This has since grown into a garden for all staff so we can have a peaceful place to decompress during difficult shifts, to recharge after a long day inside, and to reflect on those we have lost. It’s been wonderful to see the garden celebrated by The Prince of Wales, and for the relatives and generous donors to come together on this very special day.”

HRH was accompanied on his visit by the Vice Lord Lieutenant of Dorset, The Hon Mrs. Charlotte Townshend, the hospital’s acting CEO Paula Shobbrook, and acting Chairman Philip Green.

Professor Shobbrook said: “It has been an honour to welcome HRH The Prince of Wales today and have the opportunity for him to meet some of the dedicated people who go above and beyond every day to care for our patients. It has been a very challenging few years for all of us, and our teams have demonstrated remarkable resilience and compassion during difficult times. I am very proud of all they do, and I’m also grateful to our University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity for enabling us to place a special focus on staff wellbeing with our new Lavender Garden.”

Sparkle to support women’s health at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity’s Twilight Walk this May

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Sparkle to support women’s health at University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity’s Twilight Walk this May

After last year’s virtual event, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity’s Twilight Walk for Women’s Health is back in person and brighter than ever, with this year’s glittery theme! We are inviting the local community to join us on Friday 6 May 2022 and dazzle in their most sparkly outfits as they walk or run the sponsored 5km route through Harbourside Park, Poole starting at Baiter recreation ground.

Thousands of women in our community are living with serious breast or gynaecological health concerns. It could be your mum, daughter, sister, or grandmother. It could be your wife, partner, best-friend, or colleague. Whoever they are, every one of our women’s health patients rely on the care provided at our hospitals. So, we are once again asking Dorset to walk with us for every woman in our community.

As participants set off from 7pm they will be able to take in the sights of Poole’s famous harbour whilst making their way along the fully accessible route. This family-friendly event is suitable for all ages and abilities.

Since 2013, our amazing Twilight Walk participants have raised over £150,000 for breast and gynaecological projects. This year we hope to build on that success and continue to raise money for new state-of-the-art equipment. The money you raise could help us fund new scanning and imaging technology to enable a swift diagnosis, and scalp cooling caps to support women undergoing breast and gynaecological cancer treatment.

Twilight Walk for Women’s Health is kindly sponsored by The Stock Shop who said “We are thrilled to support University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity’s Twilight Walk for Women’s Health. We have been part of University Hospitals Dorset for nearly 2 years and as a business it is of great importance to us that we support the hospital and the local community. We are delighted to be part of an event that is so valued by the Dorset community and which raises vital funds for patients and staff at University Hospitals Dorset.”

Tickets are priced at £15 for adults and £8 for children (under 5s go free) – adults will receive their very own Twilight Walk t-shirt!

Twilight Walk is not just a fundraising event, it’s a celebration of the women in our community.

To sign up visit or call 0300 019 4060/8449.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can support the charity and our other events, stay up to date by following @UHDCharity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Local community unites at March for Men to raise thousands for men’s health projects across Dorset

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Local community unites at March for Men to raise thousands for men’s health projects across Dorset

On Sunday 13 March 2022, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity were joined by 200 supporters and their friends and family at March for Men 2022. The fantastic event, which was opened with live music from the brilliant Samba Panache, saw participants complete a sponsored run or walk along the Promenade by Bournemouth Pier Approach. So far, over £8,000 has been raised for men’s health services at University Hospitals Dorset.

Each year our hospitals treat thousands of men in our community for a whole range of health conditions including prostate, bladder, or testicular cancer. March for Men is an important opportunity to raise awareness for the issues affecting men’s health, and at this year’s event participants were encouraged to share their #MarchforMenMotivation by writing their reason for taking part on their race bib. Whether it was in memory of a loved one or to say thank you for the treatment they received, this personal touch allowed participants to share their stories with one another and united our community of supporters through shared experiences.

Tommy Johnston, Co-lead of the Urology department at University Hospitals Dorset said “We are very grateful for the charitable donations we have received through March for Men over the years. Their support has enabled us to introduce a range of new procedures and techniques which have improved the diagnostic accuracy and treatment efficacy of common conditions affecting men’s health. March for Men has recently helped us purchase the mini-PCL (percutaneous nephrolithotomy) surgical kit which allows us to treat larger kidney stones using a smaller incision, and therefore reduces the risks associated with this complex procedure. Thanks to everyone who took part or donated, with this year’s funds we are planning to purchase a new laser (Leonardo Mini Dual) which allows us to treat recurring bladder cancer in an outpatient setting under local anaesthetic, avoiding the need for an over-night stay.”

Participant Darryl Tocock tweeted “Glad to show my support for UHD charity this morning at #MarchforMen2022. Nice to see the Mayor of Bournemouth showing his support for this fantastic cause as well. As always, the event was superbly organized, great job by all involved”.

March for Men was kindly sponsored by Oak Services who helped the day run smoothly with transport support.

If you are interested in finding out more about how you can support the charity and our other events, stay up to date by following @UHDCharity on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, visiting or contacting the University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity office on 0300 019 4060/8449.

The Big Half

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Sunday 4 September 2022
The Big Half is a brand new challenge for UHD charity in 2022 and you could be amongst the first to take on the 13.1 miles of fun for TeamUHD!

The Big Half is much more than a half marathon – it’s a community running festival, and everyone is invited!  On Sunday 4 September 2022, The Big Half will once again bring an unmissable festival atmosphere to the streets of London. Participants will take on a 13.1 mile route which starts by Tower Bridge in central London and finishes at the famous Cutty Sark in Greenwich.

The Big Half is the perfect challenge for runners or walkers who want to soak up the atmosphere of a marathon in our capital city but don’t want to take on the full 26.2 miles. This exciting event puts it’s community of participants at the forefront of the day and celebrates diversity by uniting local residents, world class athletes, and you our super supporters! 

Applications are now open to run in support of UHD charity. We have 10 places on offer on a first come first served basis so register today to avoid disappointment!

There is a registration fee of £30 and a minimum sponsorship target of £350. The money you raise will help us fund vital projects to enhance the care of patients and continue to support staff wellbeing, training and development at University Hospitals Dorset.

Join #teamUHD today and you’ll receive a UHD charity running vest, fundraising pack and advice and support to help you reach your fundraising target. We’ll also invite you to join our Strava group so you can share your training journey with us and all our runners from #teamUHD.

Use the form below to sign up today!