Whether they're pledging gifts or making donations in kind, fundraising for the Special Care Baby Unit, running a marathon to raise funds for new equipment for the Regional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit, or supporting artists in residence for our art therapy workshops, we couldn't provide those little extras that make all the difference without our supporters.
Thank you to everyone who supports our hospital. Read some of their inspirational stories below and on the left hand side of this page.
Other funds raised recently have provided:
- an Accuvein for the Children's A&E department
- new chairs and overnight recliners for the parents of children on Starlight ward
- refurbishment of the ITU staff roof garden - a much needed space for when staff get a moment away from the very busy ward
- artwork for our new Women's Outpatients department
- refurbishment of the visitor room and counselling room in ITU. These areas are vital for the relatives and friends of patients on our wards.
Sofas for ITU staff room
After a long wait ITU staff finally got some new sofas for their staff room. Thank you to the families of some of the patients they have cared for who wanted to express their thanks and gratitude to the amazing staff on ITU. We also got some plants for the waiting room areas. It's the little things that make all the difference.
Hackney Diabetes Centre Patient Gardening Group
Thanks to a lot of help from the facilities team and a small amount of funding from the charity we have been able to support the Hackney Diabetes Centre Patient Gardening Group with new and recycled planters and seating. This is a great project. We are now growing a varied assortment of vegetables on the Homerton hospital site.
Starlight and children's A&E
Donations from patients and their families, along with Tesco Groundworks and JLT Management Services have enabled us to buy sofas for Starlight as well as large toys for Starlight and the children's A&E. Thank you all.
Donations enabled us to buy a tree print which has been put up on the wall at the Homerton Transitional Neurological Rehabilitation Unit. Patients are able to put up messages about their recovery to inspire others.
Royal Parks Half Marathon
Thank you to everyone who took part in the run on Sunday 8th October 2017. So far nearly £6000 has been raised which will benefit patients in our hospital including the Neonatal Unit. Some of the team pictured below including baby Ava who completed the last half mile and even got a medal. Thank you....
Cuddle cot for the Maternity Unit
Thanks to The Campbell clan, led by Gary and Maria, as they hand over a Cuddle Cot to the Homerton maternity team.
2 young volunteers helped to make a cake bake sale amazing. They managed to raise £1400 for our Neonatal Unit. Well done girls.
The Pemberton and Henderson family have been amazing raising nearly £4500 in memory of Alba May Pemberton who came to the Neonatal Unit from another hospital but sadly died in August 2016.
The fundraising came from donations and also winning a competition to have Absolute Radio decorate and broadcast from their house at Christmas. Thank you also to Wickes for their donation of £800.
Alfie Gray was born on 21 June 2016 at Homerton Hospital suffering from severe meconium aspiration. He was in the expert and loving hands of the staff in both NICU and SCBU and made steady and encouraging progress. The unit deserves recognition for all the care they have provided to Alfie, his Mum, Louise, Dad, Matt and both families. They have been superb.
Alfie's great uncle wanted to do something positive and decided to raise some money through donations for the Paisley road race on August 21st 2016. Alfie has returned to full health and has no lasting effects from this illness.
Alfie presented the NICU ans SCBU with a cheque for £1200 plus £1180 on JustGiving.
Busking for Homerton Hospital and Centre Point
The Cannon Street Quartet recently busked in the main entrance raising nearly £300 for Homerton Hope and Centre Point. The boys - Hieu Wilkinson, Seb Boyd, Jay Boyd and Ben Eze all from City of London School for Boys have been busking around London over Christmas and the New Year raising money for charity. Well done boys.
Birthing Centre Cake Bake Sale
Well done to all the Midwives who organised a cake bake sale in December and raised a whopping £760. They are planning to purchase a music system and soften the lighting in the birthing centre to try and make the environment a bit more home from home.
Thames Path Challenge
Chris and Matthew completed the Thames Path Challenge in September 2016, running 32 miles from London to Runnymede along the Thames path - that's 6 miles more than a marathon!! They raised just over £2750 for the Neonatal Unit. Thank you - we really appreciate your support.
Nawaal donation to Starlight
Starlight children’s ward received a cheque for £3,500 from local charity Nawaal. Nawaal Benevolence is a local faith based charity in Hackney which provides help and support for local causes in Hackney, Newham and Waltham Forest. Ramadan is usually associated with a lot of fundraising for the Muslim Community both local and international. This year Nawaal chose Starlight children’s ward as their cause for fundraising during Ramadan.
Mount Snowdon Climb
A group of enthusiastic staff from the Defoe Community Team climbed Mount Snowdon raising funds for Starlight ward and the Neonatal unit. They raised £722.00 in total - Well done and thank you.
Hackney Ark fundraising
The Children’s Physiotherapy and OT team at Hackney Ark were dressed up by some of the young people they work with for a 3 legged walk from the Ark to the City. This was to raise funds to put on an exhibition of the young people’s work and hold an event in order for the young people to have direct contact with the public and engage with them over these topics. The event was held in September and was a great success.
Visit their page to make a donation and find out more http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/weneedtotalk
Another group of Hackney Ark staff took part in a charity bike ride across London raising over £750. This money will be used towards the refurbishment of the children's roof garden play area.
RNRU Annual Summer Party - sponsored by Marks and Spencer
Every year RNRU holds an annual summer party to bring together staff and patients (both past and present) and their friends and family together to socialise and celebrate.
The raffle that takes place helps us to fundraise towards creating further leisure activities for our patients on the unit. All of the current in-patients are given a free entry into the raffle and many more tickets are bought by previous patients, visitors and staff.
All of the prizes are presented on the day and many are won by our patients here. It is fabulous to see raffle prizes opened like presents with lots of smiling faces.
Marks and Spencers gave us lots of prizes and also provided most of the food that was enjoyed by the patients and families.
Donations amounting to over £1000 from the Marks and Spencers charity enabled us to have an even more fantastic party than usual! Thank you Marks and Spencers for being so generous to us.
A team of 12 very enthusiastic walkers completed the 13.3 mile Colourthon walk on the evening of Saturday 2nd July 2016 raising funds for Homerton Hope. They started at 8pm and finished just after midnight. They raised over £1260 which will be used on the RNRU. The weather was mixed with thunder and lightning before they started, then rain for the first couple of miles, then after that the conditions were fine if a little cold.
Thanks to this donation we have been able to buy special electrical stimulation machines and electrodes that are worn as gloves and sleeves. After a stroke or brain injury some people have problems feeling and moving their arm. This can lead to swelling and pain, or a failure to practice moving the arm as it doesn’t ‘feel right’.
These gloves and sleeves can be worn over the problem arm, enhancing the sensation and awareness of the arm in the brain, while the person is resting or actively trying to move as part of exercises or during practice that is critical for recovering function.
Well done to everyone and a huge thank you from Homerton Hope.
Refurbishment of the Elderly Care Unit day room
Patients on the Elderly Care Unit have seen a new look to their day room and reminiscence room all thanks to donations to the charity. We have been able to buy Active Mind boxes, provide art therapy and install a decor from the past to help our patients with dementia.
The Little Free Library trolley funded by donations and built by our works department enables patients to 'take a book, give a book'. Situated in the Main Outpatients department this has proved very popular with our patients who are also making donations to our charity enabling us to fund other projects.
Fundraising for Starlight Children's Ward
Munjeet Singh ran a half marathon and raised over £500 for the Starlight Unit enabling staff to buy much needed toys, DVD players and a large TV for the Outpatients clinic waiting area. This is great to keep children entertained while they are waiting for their appointments. Thank you.....
Fundraising for the Neonatal Unit
Anaesthetist Bhavesh Gohil did a Santa run in December and raised £170 for the neonatal unit.
Every year on Violet's birthday her family make a donation to the neonatal unit where she spent the first four weeks of her life. So far the family have bought sterilisers and breast feeding cushions and will be donating again in October when Violet is 3.
Below are Violet, her sister Millie and mum Ellie when they came back to the unit to see what their donations had bought.
The Knight family have raised over £5000 for the Neonatal Unit and recently raised £1300 at a fundraising charity night with friends and family.
Their first son George was born prematurely at 25 weeks and sadly only survived 3 weeks. The picture above is of Harry who was born in 2014 and is now approaching his first birthday.
This money was used to buy an assortment of items including:
- notice boards for parent information in the sitting room and also for developmental care information for parents on the unit
- gel cushions/beanbags (called zakky hands) to help with positioning of tiny babies
- special breastfeeding cushions that strap around the waist to help with breastfeeding, 2 for twins and 15 for the other babies
- leaflet rack for the parents room
They also used some of the money to send the advanced nurse practitioners on a cranial ultrasound course.
They are also organised a charity ball in March to raising further funds for the unit.
Thank you for all your support.
Twin incubator for the Neonatal Unit
Some of our supporters fundraised to buy two twin incubators for the Neonatal Unit. Thank you so much for all your support. Click on this link to read their story.
Photos of the twin cots (mannequins used for photos)
This is a photo of the little boy Heath Jackson, who inspired friends and family to raise money for our charity. Heath was born at 25 weeks and is now a thriving three year old.
Memory boxes for bereaved parents
Thank you to 4louis, a charity set up by a bereaved parent who have recently donated some memory boxes to the hospital. These allow parents who have suffered a stillbirth, neonatal, infant or child loss a chance to capture as many memories as possible. Visit the website for more information www.4louis.co.uk.
Sleep well packs for Lamb and Lloyd wards
Recent donations to the hospital have enabled us to purchase some 'sleep well packs' for a new three month pilot scheme for Lamb and Lloyd wards. The packs - made up of comfy non-slip socks, ear plugs and eye masks - aim to help the patient get a night's sleep and keep them safe from falling. Hopefully we will roll out across the hospital.
Waitrose Community Matters scheme
Donations amounting to over £700 from the Waitrose Community Matters scheme at Stratford City and the Barbican Waitrose stores have enabled us to buy art materials for art sessions for our dementia patients that will start shortly.
Without these donations these extra activities that we are able to provide for our patients would not be possible. Thank you to everyone who put a green coin in our box.....
Living with Sickle Cell and Thalassaemia
Donations received from Homerton hope have helped to set up the ‘Living Well with Sickle cell and thalassaemia Programme' which provides education and alternative therapies for our patients.
Sickle cell and thalassaemia are genetically inherited disorders of the red blood cell. The main symptoms are chronic anaemia, severe pain and a lifetime of blood transfusions. Patients often suffer from significant psycho-social issues.
With the help of Homerton Hope donations we are able to offer patients alternative therapies including reflexology, massage and acupuncture which have been proven to benefit their quality of life, overall wellbeing and improve their physical and mental health.
The project was recently praised for its innovative approach by the West Midlands Quality Review Service.
Please contact us if you would like to make a donation or help fundraise for any of the above projects