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Michael’s story

By Supporter Stories

In May 2022, 76-year-old Michael Marsh was diagnosed with prostate and bladder cancer and treated at the urology department based at Bournemouth hospital.

Michael is now an Aviation consultant after a 38-year long career in as a Captain for British Airways. His cancer diagnosis came as quite a surprise after living a very healthy lifestyle and his cancers being very difficult to find to begin with.

He initially underwent chemotherapy and was then in surgery for more than 11 hours in September 2022 where consultant urological surgeons, Kevin Turner and Amit Mevcha, used innovative robotic technology to give Michael the best chance of recovery.

It’s equipment like this that is enabling the urology department to do more for their patients. However, the hospitals charity funds the things that are outside of scope for the hospital and we’re dependent on our supporters to continue to give their time to helping us.

More recently, Michael is joining our charity in our mission to get as many people as possible of all ages, abilities and genders to sign up to our annual March for Men event to directly support men’s health projects across Dorset.

The event takes place at 10am on Saturday 25 March from Bournemouth Pier Approach and every penny raised will go far beyond the finish line to support men like Michael.

Michael is one of thousands of men across Dorset who have faced men’s health concerns.

He says: “These hospitals gave me a new life; I’ll be marching 5k for men this March to give more men like me a great future. We can all walk or race together to help fund more vital equipment for patients like me. I’m so grateful for the personal care I received and all that has been done for me and my family. Now I’m keen to give back.”

Race into action this March to make a difference

By Latest News

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity is calling on the Dorset community to come together and march for men’s health on Saturday 25 March.

The popular 5k or 10k event takes place at 10am from Bournemouth Pier and is an opportunity for people of all ages, abilities and genders to directly contribute significant funds to men’s health projects at the Royal Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch hospitals.

Thousands of men from every part of our community face men’s health concerns such as prostate or testicular cancers. Please sign up today and make a difference – tickets are £15 for adults (16+) and £8 per child (under 5s free entry). All participants are encouraged to raise additional sponsorship where they can.

Consultant urological surgeon, Kevin Turner said: “With every step our supporters take along the seafront, we can continue to improve health services for every man in our community.

“March for Men helps us to do so much more for our patients. We can purchase state-of-the-art equipment to streamline diagnosis and improve treatment, for example our blue light camera system which improves bladder cancer treatment.”

Fundraising manager, Lindsey Sturman, said: “This well-loved event is great for anybody looking for a good cause to get fit for. It’s also a great way for people to give back to our hospitals or show their support with every stride for their father, son, brother, uncle, grandfather or friend who has ever received medical treatment.”

Going into its ninth year, March for Men has successfully raised more than £150,000 for men’s health projects at our hospitals so far. Revolutionary equipment like the blue light camera is innovative and expensive, so the funds raised this year will be significant in allowing us to purchase future equipment and increase the funding projects for men’s health.

Every participant will receive a charity t-shirt and medal. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead. March for Men is kindly sponsored by Oak Services.

Sign up online at or by calling 0300 019 4060/8449 and follow @UHDCharity on Facebook or Instagram to enjoy the countdown!

Narnia Project: Nightclothes are not ideal attire

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University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity has launched a project to provide patients with necessary items to support their stay and during patient transport from hospital.

Many patients at the Royal Bournemouth and Poole hospitals are admitted overnight or stay longer than expected which leaves them without appropriate clothing/items. The Narnia Project aims to reduce the number of patients leaving the hospital in gowns and instead provide clothing and a blanket for transportation, funded by generous supporters.

The pilot project has launched in Poole Hospital with a mobile wardrobe funded by the UHD NHS Charity. UHD volunteers will be responsible for regularly checking the wardrobe and keeping it stocked up. Patients can choose what items they would like.

The Narnia Project also benefits patients by encouraging them to get up and complete activities without feeling restricted due to clothing/lack of essential items. This can improve a patient’s dignity, providing them with an alternative set of day clothes and a choice of items.

You can help make sure patients aren’t restricted by donating or raising funds to support the Narnia Project. Money will go towards clothing, toiletries, blankets, reading glasses, hearing amplifiers and shoes. Please contact the charity office on 0800 019 4060/8449 to support this cause.

Walk beside the snowdrops for SPRING and bereaved parents

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To support bereaved parents who have ever experienced the grief of the loss of a baby at any stage of pregnancy, at or just after birth, University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity is calling people to come together for its annual Snowdrop Walk on Saturday 11 February 2023.

Starting at 10.30am people can write messages and tie them to a ribbon before hearing a selection of beautiful readings and poems of remembrance before walking to the ‘winter borders’ to tie our ribbon around a tree as we remember babies that have been loved and lost.

This event is free for everybody to come along. Just get your walking shoes on ready to start at 10:30am in the Drawing Room at Upton House and Country Park, Poole Rd, Upton, Poole BH17 7BJ. Refreshments will be available afterwards in the warmth of Upton House.

SPRING is a support service for anyone who has been affected by pregnancy loss, no matter how long ago. To help parents and families through the worst possible time in their lives, events like the Snowdrop Walk simply provides the Dorset community with a moment in time to remember our babies and support one another.

SPRING’s Fundraising Officer, Zoe Wood, said: “Remembering our babies is such an important part of what SPRING does. The snowdrops are beautiful and behind each one, knowing there is a loved baby to remember, makes this a walk like no other.”

March for Men

By Events
“Please join us for March For Men; your support will enable us to enhance our services for the treatment of men’s health at University Hospitals Dorset” Consultant Urological Surgeons

Sign up today for March For Men on Saturday 25 March 2023. Taking place at 10am at Bournemouth Pier Approach; where you can choose to complete 5k or 10k, whatever way you like.

March For Men will enable us to enhance our services for the treatment of men’s health at UHD. Consultant Urological Surgeon, Kevin Turner said: ‘With every step our supporters take along the seafront, we can continue to improve health services for every man in our community. March for Men helps us to do so much more for our patients.’

‘We can purchase state of the art equipment to streamline diagnosis and improve treatment. We would not have been able to purchase technology like the blue light camera system to improve bladder cancer treatment without the funds raised from previous March for Men events for example.’

We are delighted to announce the event is sponsored by Oak Services again this year.

Every participant will receive a charity t-shirt and medal. Dogs are welcome but must be kept on a lead. 

If you would like to sign up or donate towards the cause of the event, please see below:
Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates on March for Men 2023

Download the March for Men 2023 poster

Letter from James Keith

By Supporter Stories

Hello there,

My name is James Keith and I’d like to ask you to support University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity’s Light Up Our Tree campaign because of the incredible care and support my mum, Beverley Keith and our family received.

It’s very difficult to put into words just how incredible my mum was. Nothing I can say will do justice to the remarkable wife, mum, ‘glam-ma’ and friend we have lost. Mum was the most selfless, kind-hearted and fun loving person. She was uniquely able to engage everyone she met in genuine and heartfelt conversation. To me, she was the ultimate mum who my sisters and I considered to be our best friend. Her life was dedicated to her family and she gave us every ounce of love she could and more.

In November 2020, Mum suffered a severe stroke. She spent the next 62 days in hospital. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we were unable to visit and she spent 55 of those days on her own. Mum was treated on Poole Hospitals’ stroke rehabilitation ward and during this time we began to see that she was making slow progress in her recovery. The only contact we were able to have with Mum was through FaceTime. Sometimes the calls would only last 30 seconds, but every one was so important to us all. Due to her stroke, Mum would often struggle to find the correct words; it was so difficult not being able to be there in person to comfort her. As a family, we know all she would have needed was a hug, and to be powerless was heart-breaking.

Whilst in rehabilitation, Mum contracted Covid-19. Staff exhausted all options to save her but there was nothing more that could be done and she was placed into palliative care. After 55 days we were finally able to visit. I held her hand as my dad, my sisters and I sat together and told her stories about how incredible she was. We told her it was ok to let go and promised we would look after each other.

On 24 January 2021, Mum passed away. Throughout this time, hospital staff were faultless. They did everything with such care and understanding, and we’re so grateful they allowed us onto the ward to visit Mum before she passed. They gave us the gift of time to say goodbye and hold Mum’s hand during her final moments.

On the night that Mum passed away, a nurse named Chelsea changed her into a pale pink gown, brushed her hair, put a small amount of make-up on her and softened the lights. This compassionate act meant so much to me and my family. Thank you to all the staff who were so dedicated to providing my mum with such outstanding care in the most difficult of circumstances.

I have so many wonderful memories of Mum’s breath-taking smile and infectious laughter. My mum, Beverley, was such a bright light in so many people’s lives. This candle will represent the light she has left behind in our hearts.

Thank you

James Keith

Elf Dash

By Events
Thank you to everyone who joined us at Branksome, Dene Chine for our sold out Elf Dash 2022.

A special thank you to Coles Miller who donated an amazing £1,500 and sponsored the event.

After the dash, the Rapid Relief Team provided a lovely hot meal and refreshments for our dashers. There was also an opportunity to meet Father Christmas who gave us an early Christmas present of toy reindeers that were kindly donated by Haskins Garden Centre, Ferndown.

Throughout the event, Mr Pop Balloons was there to provide some excellent balloon art and those at Oak Services supported us with our transport. It was a fun-filled festive day raising money for the UHD Charity projects, which includes the purchase of Christmas presents for patients who will be spending the season in hospital.

Thank you to everyone that attended and was involved to make Elf Dash 2022 so dashing!

Contractor’s quiz night raises more than £2500 for hospital’s robotic tilt table appeal

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Quiz lovers came together earlier this month to test their general knowledge and raise nearly £2500 for the robotic tilting table appeal, one of University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity’s (UHDC) main fundraising projects.

The evening was hosted and organised by the Trust’s main contractor for its transformation projects, Integrated Health Projects (IHP), the alliance between Vinci Construction UK and Sir Robert McAlpine, raising funds for the UHDC’s robotic tilting table appeal as a legacy.

Teams came from across the Bournemouth area and included subcontractors Stephenson, AT Jones, W Portsmouth, and Norstead. IHP and the hospital had multiple teams supporting the event as well as from Royal Bournemouth Hospital neighbours, Amiri and JP Morgan.

The event was not a typical quiz night with a construction element featuring a ‘tower’ building challenge, with joint winners for the tallest Jenga challenge..

The overall winners were the UHD team named ‘Stroke of Genius’ who received winners certificates, and a courtesy bottle of wine each.

IHP Project Director, Bruce Preston, said:

“It was great to be able to get together with so many of our team, professional colleagues, and hospital staff for an enjoyable evening.

“We were delighted that the evening raised over £2500 for our nominated charity and the project we are currently supporting – the UHD Charity and its robotic tilt table appeal.

“We are so grateful to all those who contributed by taking tables, buying raffle tickets and supporting this wonderful cause.”

Purbeck coastal tractor run raises £21,218.93

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Philip Trim and his son Ben presented a cheque at Poole Hospital for £21,218.93 raised during their Purbeck coastal tractor run.  The funds were raised through the tractor run, auction, campsite, entertainment, barn bar and food sold during the weekend of activity.  This event was inspired in memory of Phil’s wife Jane who was treated at the Dorset Cancer Centre, Poole Hospital.  Jane was a big part of the farming community and was well known for showing prize cattle and winning awards around the country.

Phil and Ben are pictured with Oncology Consultant Dr Mike Bayne, lung specialist nurse Alison Brooks who both treated Jane.  Also featured is Zoe Greenfield a radiographer at Poole Hospital.  The funds raised will support the surface guided radiotherapy (SGRT) equipment licence for postural video. project, Vision RT.  An incredible amount raised thank you so much for helping us make a difference.

Penny Jarvis completes the Chicago Marathon

By Supporter Stories

Penny Jarvis worked for Poole Hospital for over 40 years and retired in November 2021. Penny has fundraised for the hospital for many years, starting with her first marathon back in 1998 and to date has raised over £40,000.

Penny is a marathon distance runner took part in the Chicago Marathon on the 9th October. Penny said after completing the marathon;

“I did a personal best thirteen minutes faster than Boston and I came 1st in my age category, which makes me number 1 in the UK for both the marathon and the mile. Think I must be a late developer!!”

Penny who turns 72 in October, is a member of Poole Runners and is one of the club’s top runners and competitors. Her achievements and fundraisers for the hospital have included various London marathons, Boston marathon, Costa Rica coast to coast, trekking the Great Wall of China, Vietnam cycle and the Miramar cycle challenges. It is safe to say Penny loves a marathon and a challenge.