Celebrating charity champions at the Barts Health Hero Awards
10 Mar 2017
Last month saw the annual Barts Health Hero Awards ceremony take place, which we were proud to fund. We’d like to congratulate everybody who was nominated! The event reflected the incredible team ethic that runs through Barts Health NHS Trust; everyone has a vital role to play and the ceremony celebrated that perfectly.
We presented four charity awards in recognition of fundraising, ambassador work and relentless desire to go above and beyond.
Here, we shine a spotlight on the Barts Charity winners...
Best ambassador team - Dementia and Delirium
The Dementia and Delirium team won this award because of their persistent desire to go the extra mile for their patients. They are constantly fundraising with cake sales, sponsored walks and raffles and many of the team have got their running shoes on too! Lynda ran the Hackney Half and Santa Run and Emma and Lucy are both running marathons this spring.
The money raised goes towards the team’s fund so that they can purchase small items for their patients and provide additional training for the staff.
The team also applied for (and were awarded) a large grant to develop dementia-friendly environments for older patients at Whipps Cross Hospital.
Best individual ambassador - Knut Wilmott
Knut is the Ward Manager at the Margaret Centre in Whipps Cross, providing end of life and respite care for people with life-limiting conditions and their families. He has worked alongside Barts Charity to implement a number of projects that have improved the Centre, including the redesign of the entrance way, reception and family room, and revamping the garden.
As a charity champion, Knut has created a strong working relationship with the charity. He’s continually shown passion and determination to enhance the centre’s facilities so that patients who are nearing the end of life receive the best care possible. After winning the award he said: "It did not take much to get the full support of the charity and their blessing to use charitable funds to make the experience for dying people better. That is what they are there for and they played a big part".
Best charity fundraiser team - Radiotherapy team
The Radiotherapy team are based at St Bartholomew’s Hospital. After meeting with us in the middle of last year, the team decided to create a programme of fundraising activities, built on things they could easily do in the hospital and also calling on some of their out-of-work passions and hobbies.
In the past nine months they’ve put on two bake sales that have raised over £1,600, taken part in a 10k run and organised a dance show that brought in £800 for their service – all of which has enabled them to go above and beyond for their patients.
Best individual fundraiser - Stuart Peters
Stuart is a Radiography Assistant Practitioner at The Royal London and has tackled several long-distance hikes to fundraise for Barts Charity.
Last year he spent 31 days trekking a whopping 1000k (621 miles) on the Via de la Plata Camino trail in Spain. He did the trek alone, sleeping in hostels along the way and said of the journey: “It was hard going with lots of rain but it was an amazing experience for a great appeal.”
On this particular trek, Stuart raised £1,828 for the patients and staff on the children’s orthopaedic clinic as part of our Barts Kids Bones appeal.
Congratulations and a huge thank you to all of the winners and nominees. We look forward to working with you - along with the other 15,000+ staff who work at Barts Health - in 2017!
If you know of teams or individuals, including the many wonderful volunteers, who go above and beyond the call of duty for patients and colleagues, nominate them at www.bartshealth.nhs.uk/heroes or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Photos top to bottom: Dementia and Delirium Team, Knut Wilmott, Radiotherapy Team, Stuart Peters
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