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Harry lends a hand to local cricket club’s fundraising efforts

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Thursday 18 August 2022

On Tuesday 23 August, a charity cricket match will be held at Bournemouth Cricket Club’s Chapel Gate ground to raise money for University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity’s Vascular Fund. The two competing teams will be the Bournemouth Wanderers vs the local Hospital Services Cricket Club. Harry Redknapp will be the guest of honour for the evening.

The match has been organized by George Stratford who earlier this year, underwent successful major surgery at Royal Bournemouth Hospital for a rapidly growing abdominal aortic aneurysm. However, just a short time later, George found himself back in hospital having hemorrhaged close to a pint and a half of blood. This was caused by a leak in the implant which was fitted during his first surgery.

The leak was in the most difficult of places, right next to many vital kidney nerves and arteries. A pair of 8” long stents had to be rushed down from the manufacturers in Kent and a large team of consultants, anesthetists, radiologists and specialist theatre nurses kept George alive, with a team of experts from the stent manufacturer also joining virtually.

George Stratford said “It is a truly humbling thought to consider all the talent, brains and sheer dedication that came together to pull me through. I want to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart, from the ambulance crew who were with me within half an hour of calling 111, right through to the brilliant nurses and staff in Ward 7 who looked after me until my discharge.

But no matter how many times I expressed my gratitude to those involved, it never seemed to be enough. So, when I discovered that my consultant also happened to be captain of the local Hospital Services Cricket Club I knew just what to do.

With the help of highly respected local cricketer Jan Bridle, I have organized a cricket match to raise money for the hospital in which I received such outstanding care. What better way to say thank you to my brilliant consultant than knocking over his middle stump? Or perhaps even seeing him hit me for an enormous six? Either way would be great!”

Head down to Chapel Gate ground on Tuesday 23 August at 6pm and join George and Harry for a fantastic summers evening of cricket. Entry is free and George will be collecting donations on the day.

New sensory projector funded by University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity brings joy to patients living with dementia

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Thursday 4 August 2022

The Royal Bournemouth Hospital recently took delivery of an innovative new piece of equipment which uses meaningful activities to encourage movement, active participation and shared enjoyment in patients living with dementia.

The omiVista Mobii interactive projection system is designed for people at all stages of dementia. It helps users achieve greater socialisation and communication, enjoyment, sustained moments of lucidity, physical movement and raised well-being levels through calming or stimulating activities. These can be projected onto floors, bedside tables and beds which make it a fully inclusive piece of equipment.

A lot of patients who are living with dementia require on-going social care in the community which can take some time to organise. As they await discharge, the time spent in hospital can negatively impact on a patient and they can at times become withdrawn. This equipment enables staff to engage their patients in meaningful group activities as well as personalised one on one activities to build relationships. There is even a function to set up an individualised scrap book using a patient’s personal pictures.

In dementia care, therapeutic engagement is so important and more often than not, it reduces the need for medications to manage the behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia.

Katie Horswill, dementia and delirium team lead at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital said “We arranged for a demonstration of the omiVista on one of our older persons wards and instantly saw the huge positive impact it would have on our patients and staff. We are currently caring for a gentleman who is living with dementia who was quite withdrawn when he first came into hospital and we needed to find a way to engage with him. We thought we would try the omiVista and offered him the opportunity to look at the sensory equipment.

We chose to use a picture of an unpainted, black and white fence projected onto a table. I placed one of the paint brushes in the patient’s hand and asked him if he would kindly help me paint the fence.  He instantly started painting and the projected image started to fill with colour. The patient engaged in this activity for quite some time; it was so lovely to see and quite emotional to watch.”

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity funds new garden at Poole Hospital with Covid-19 donations as part of long term green initiative

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Thursday 21 July 2022

A courtyard at Poole Hospital has been transformed into a modern green space for staff, patients and visitors to enjoy as part of University Hospitals Dorset’s sustainability strategy. The new ‘Dolphin Garden’ was funded by University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity with donations received during the Covid-19 pandemic.

July 2022 marks a year since UHD set out its holistic ‘Green Plan’, with ambitious net zero carbon targets among other measures. As part of this, an area outside the Dolphin Restaurant at Poole Hospital was identified as a space which could serve as a much needed space for staff to have a break while also helping the trust meet other Green Plan objectives.

Stuart Lane, Sustainability and Carbon Manager at University Hospitals Dorset said “This project builds upon the Trust’s biodiversity and greenspace efforts, creating new micro habitats including a bug hotel. Specially selected plants also help to improve air quality by removing pollution. The project avoided high embodied carbon choices where possible via the use of natural materials and recycling. The old patio slabs were re-conditioned and reset and much needed wind breaks have been created with wooden batten fencing and shrubs. As with other works, we have been mindful to employ local suppliers. New sustainable outdoor furniture manufactured in Poole and made from recycled bottle tops has been provided, including the addition of two wheelchair accessible picnic tables. The old furniture will be repurposed in other outdoor spaces at the hospital.”

During the pandemic the charity received many generous donations from the Dorset community to support both staff and patients at the hospitals. These, along with grants from NHS Charities Together, were used to provide immediate supports for our staff including food and hydration, temporary wellbeing areas and safe spaces and communication supports. Some of the funds were also ring fenced to provide longer lasting facilities to improve staff areas across the hospital sites.

As well as physical resources, a large proportion of the funds have been used on providing longer term wellbeing supports including counselling and access to health specialists including psychologists, wellbeing practitioners and physiotherapists. Long Covid rehabilitation programmes have also been funded for the many staff affected.

Further works are planned at the Trust’s new offsite working facility at Yeomans way, where staff have been relocated while building works are on-going at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital. Across the Trust sites at Bournemouth, Poole Christchurch and Alderney, internal staff rest areas will be refurbished and equipment purchased to ensure that there are improved facilities to provide a long-lasting legacy of the wonderful support our community has shown their NHS heroes.

Local hospitals to tackle health inequalities in East Dorset with the help of NHS Charities Together, LiveWell Dorset and Active Dorset

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Wednesday 22 June 2022

University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity has been awarded a £110,000 grant from NHS Charities Together via Dorset County Hospital Charity in association with Dorset Community Foundation for a 24 month long project to tackle health inequalities through a prevention programme based at the Dorset Health Village in partnership with Active Dorset.

Dorset Health Village is a recently created Outpatient assessment clinic based on the top floor of Beales Department Store in the Dolphin Centre, Poole. The clinic is part of University Hospitals Dorset NHS Foundation Trusts’ ‘Think Big’ initiative to address waiting lists and bring diagnostic services closer to the community.

The grant was awarded as part of a £355,000 grant awarded to Dorset through NHS Charities Together’s Community Partnership Grants Programme in recognition of the vital work that voluntary and community groups do to support the work of the NHS. NHS Charities Together is an organisation made up of 240 NHS member charities based within hospitals, mental health trusts, ambulance trusts, community health trusts and health boards across the UK.

The grant will be used to offer support to patients accessing the Dorset Health Village who are experiencing health inequalities including a reduced life span, greater vulnerability to colds and infections and living with certain health conditions.

The funding will enable 3 key elements to be delivered: improving access to healthcare, supporting patients to recover quicker from NHS treatment by supporting them becoming fitter for operations and empowering patients to have a role in their care and supply them with easy tools to improve their quality of life. To achieve this, the programme will include promotion of healthy lifestyles and the importance of health and wellbeing and behaviour change techniques to increase physical activity, promote healthy weight, stopping smoking and reducing drinking.

The total cost of delivering the project is £215,700 with the balance being funded through in kind staff support provided by Active Dorset. The £110,000 grant will be used to fund a range of items which will enable the success of the programme including a project coordinator, volunteer training, digital health support tools, pedal bikes and lifestyle survey software.

Active Dorset said “The funding received from NHS Charities Together will help us to dedicate time to support this exciting and innovative project, supporting those who need it most. We are looking forward to working with our partners, such as LiveWell Dorset, to embed prevention through providing lifestyle behaviour support into outpatient services in Poole”

Debbie Anderson, head of University Hospitals Dorset NHS Charity said “We are thrilled to be working with NHS Charities Together and Active Dorset to achieve such a fantastic project which will have a significant impact on improving access to health services for our communities”

Dorset Acquired Brain Injury service go the extra mile for their patients at University Hospitals Dorset

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Monday 20 June 2022

The Dorset Acquired Brain Injury (ABI) team at University Hospitals Dorset are hoping to raise £1 for every kilometre they have covered as they virtually travelled the 1,743km from Land’s End to John O’Groats. All donations will help them to provide their patients with activities and experiences that will further their recovery and make their stay on the unit as enjoyable as possible.

The team and their patients have covered and exceeded the kilometres by running, cycling, walking, and swimming whilst patients completed their distances in therapy sessions on a static cycling device called a MotoMed.  They have covered a distance of 1942.61km in 3 months.

The ABI unit provides specialist rehabilitation for patients from across the region who have suffered a brain injury such as a severe stroke. The money raised in this challenge will enhance each patient’s stay on the ward through trips out, music therapy, supplies for activity group such as crafts and ingredients for cooking. The opportunity to use these resources greatly improves the patient’s experience during their stay in hospital as well as their quality of life and that of their families. The activities also further patient rehabilitation and, alongside therapy sessions, help to prepare them for life outside of the ward.

Patient Hayden said “On 29 April last year, I suffered a Brain Stem Stroke which rendered me completely paralysed except for my eyes. I underwent intensive therapy with the help of staff on the Portland Ward at Poole Hospital. In house therapists helped me to learn to walk, talk and eat again and after around 8 months I was ready for discharge.  [I have been able to] contribute towards the therapy team’s fundraising effort on behalf of the ward which has done so much for me.”

Speech and Language Therapist Genevieve Huntley and Physiotherapist Kate Osborne said “Our dedicated team of therapists from the Dorset Acquired Brain Injury Service are raising money to supplement rehabilitation opportunities, which will benefit the complex needs of the patients in our service. We hope to use the money to increase wellbeing during lengthy admissions and to enable patients to have enjoyable experiences that also further their recovery.”

You can donate to help the team achieve their fundraising target here.


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.

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.