Waste warriors to take to the water to make a splash for hospitals’ charity

Staff from Bradford Council’s waste services are teaming up with colleagues from Associated Waste Management (AWM) to raise money for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity.

Local authority staff will join forces with staff from AWM – a waste contractor to Bradford Council – to take part in this weekend’s Bradford Dragon Boat Festival. The team, called Waste Warriors, are aiming to raise at least £2,500 for the hospital charity’s cancer fund.

It is hoped the money will go towards refurbishing some of the areas in the chemotherapy day case unit and ward areas used by cancer patients.

The staff taking part are from a range of areas, including management, transport and office staff.

They are one of 12 teams rowing for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity at this Sunday’s multi-charity championship day – a record number for any charity in the popular annual festival.

Mike Robinson, head of marketing and PR for AWM, said: “When we were approached to join forces with Bradford Council’s waste services department to row in the dragon boat festival, it made absolute sense. The teams at AWM and Bradford Council work together all week long, so rowing in the dragon boat race together to raise funds for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity is a golden opportunity.

Essential charity

“AWM is part of the Beauparc Utility Group and has a community-centric corporate social responsibility programme aimed at directing activities in the areas around our sites. We have over 50 team members hoping to row in one of the races and, win or lose, we’ll all enjoy the day and hopefully raise lots of money for such an essential charity in our district.”

Amanda Procter, lead cancer nurse for Bradford Teaching Hospitals, said: “We are so grateful to AWM and Bradford Council staff for raising money for our cancer fund. We pride ourselves on providing first class treatment and care, but we always strive to do more. We wish them the best of luck at the festival and hope they have a fantastic time!”

Hayley Collis, head of fundraising for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity, said: “Thank you so much to Bradford Council and AWM for choosing our charity. NHS charities make a significant contribution to funding equipment, training, research and supporting staff.

We rely on the support of our local community to ensure Bradford Teaching Hospitals provides the very best treatment and care. This money will go a long way towards improving the environment where our patients are treated for cancer.”

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Healthy People and Places, said: “This is a great event for our staff to have fun as well as to raise money for a much-needed good cause.

“The Dragon Boat Festival has become a well-established event in the district and is proving more popular than ever. We are glad to give our backing to the team from the Council’s waste services and may the best Dragon win.”

To make a donation to Waste Warriors, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mike-robinson35

You can read the full list of 12 teams taking part to raise money for Bradford Hospitals’ Charity at https://bradfordhospitalscharity.org/event/dragon-boat-festival-roberts-park-saltaire/

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


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.

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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.

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