Superheroes go over the edge for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity

AROUND 50 fearless fundraisers took the plunge in a superhero abseil for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity.

Pupils from St Anthony’s Primary School, Clayton, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) staff, local organisations and even The Broadway mascot Prickles were brave enough to abseil down the side of Bradford Royal Infirmary for good causes.

Together, they raised more than £5,000 for the charity’s Rays a Smile Appeal, Bradford’s BIG Neonatal Appeal, the cancer fund, dementia fund and the sunshine fund.

The Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Doreen Lee, opened the event, and was joined by Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust’s Chairman, Dr Max Mclean, who wished the fundraisers good luck.

Hayley Collis, Head of Fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “I can’t thank everyone enough for supporting our superhero abseil. Be it as a fundraiser, volunteer or family and friends who came along to cheer everyone on – you’ve helped us raise money and the profile of our NHS charity.

“Together, all NHS charities in the UK give £1 million every single day to the NHS, funding equipment, projects, training and research. We are so lucky to have the support of the public and our staff to help us provide the very best for Bradford.”

Thanks also to the Bradford Sport and Culture Development Unit, which is part of Bradford Council.

It’s not too late to donate! Please visit www.justgiving.com/bradfordteachinghospital

To find out more about Bradford Hospitals’ Charity and how you can support your local hospitals, visit www.bradfordhospitalscharity.org. Alternatively, contact Hayley Collis or Elaine Drake on 01274 274809 or email charity@bthft.nhs.uk

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Note to Editors:

  • Bradford Hospitals’ Charity is one of more than 250 NHS charities based around the UK. It supports the strategic direction of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by funding projects which go over and above what he NHS provides.
  • Did you know that, together, all NHS charities give £1million every single day to the NHS!
  • In 2017, a new £28million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, which was part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals. It provides world-class facilities for the elderly, children and a brand new intensive care unit. Bradford Hospitals’ Charity provided £260,000 to enable the Trust to create family friendly environments, state-of-the-art equipment and innovative distraction toys and games for young people.
  • With the support of Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, BTHFT was also able to provide more cots, including intensive care and high dependency cots, new family accommodation, a revamped counselling suite and a dedicated room for mothers to express milk for pre-term babies when the new neonatal unit opened in 2015.

For further media information, please contact Kelly Thornham, Communications Officer, at communications@bthft.nhs.uk or call 01274 382265

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Note to Editors:

  1. Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust:

Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is responsible for providing hospital services for the people of Bradford and communities across Yorkshire. We serve a core population of around 500,000 and provide specialist services for 1.1 million people.

Our 5,500 staff work over several sites, including Bradford Royal Infirmary, which provides the majority of inpatient services, and St Luke’s Hospital, which predominantly provides outpatient and rehabilitation services. We also manage local community hospitals at Westwood Park, Westbourne Green, and Eccleshill.

In early 2017, a new £28 million wing opened at Bradford Royal Infirmary, part of a £75m investment to improve patient care across our hospitals over a five-year period. It provides world-class facilities for elderly care, children’s services, a state-of-the-art intensive care unit with increased single-room provision and a retail concourse.

The new wing is a continuation of our work to improve patient experience after our new £2 million neonatal unit officially opened in January 2015. Our maternity services were recently shortlisted for the Royal College of Midwives’ (RCM) Midwifery Service of the Year Award, recognising excellence and innovation in the provision of maternity care.

In 2017, we also completed a £2m refurbishment of our Emergency Department (ED) as part of an ambitious vision to create a more efficient acute medicine service for the people of Bradford. It has been designed to provide a slicker and more efficient service, with faster senior clinical involvement at an early stage in the patient pathway.

As a teaching hospital, we are at the forefront of education and development in healthcare, and have an excellent reputation for research performance. We are one of the leading centres in conducting applied research in the country, particularly in quality and safety, elderly care and rehabilitation.

The Trust is home to the Bradford Institute for Health Research (BIHR) where researchers have led the development, validation and implementation of the award-winning Bradford Electronic Frailty Index (eFI) which helps calculate an elderly person’s risk of disability, impairment, falls and complications of chronic diseases, as well as their diminishing independence and capability. This is now being used by 98% of all GPs across the country.

Our award-winning Ophthalmology department is home to numerous worldwide clinical trials taking the lead in eye care research and we are one of only three sites in the United Kingdom to be enlisted in the Perioperative Enhanced Recovery Hip Fracture Care of Patients with Dementia (PERFECTED) study, which will investigate how the NHS can introduce better standards of care to improve outcomes for people with dementia.

The Trust has its own Bradford Hospitals Charity: www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk/charity

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For more information please visit www.bradfordhospitals.nhs.uk

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