Celebrating Barts Health Heroes

22 Feb 2018

Every day, staff throughout the Barts Health hospitals go above and beyond to care for their patients. We’re proud to fund the annual Barts Health Hero awards, which this week culminated in an evening of celebrations to thank those who have truly gone the extra mile. 

The events include a charity category, recognising those amazing staff who in addition to already going above and beyond for their patients, also took extreme effort to support our charity. Here we shine a spotlight on our fantastic winners and nominees...

Best Fundraiser Team
Quality Improvement Team – Newham Hospital

The Quality Improvement Team have been excellent at fundraising both individually and as a well-oiled fundraising team. By selling their delicious baked goods they have funded toiletry packs for families and friends of end-of-life care patients at Newham hospital.

The team have taken on physical challenges for the charity; Claire Davis ran the gruelling Hackney Half Marathon in May and Catriona Rowland completed the Santa Run in style in December. The Quality Improvement team have been instrumental in raising awareness about the charity at Newham and we are so excited to see what 2018 holds for them!

Best Individual Fundraiser
Eleni Athanasakos – The Royal London Hospital

Eleni is a perfect example of a staff member going above and beyond for her patients. She is one of two doctors managing the Children's Anorectal Physiology Service at The Royal London hospital. The service cares for hundreds of children and Eleni has done her very best to make sure these children receive extraordinary health care.

From arranging a ‘poo themed’ pub quiz to becoming vegan for a month, Eleni’s originality, determination and commitment to her cause have been truly amazing.

Best Ambassador Team
Bodley Scott – St Bartholomew’s Hospital

The team on the Bodley Scott cancer wards support and promote Barts Charity at every possible opportunity. Thanks to them all cheque presentations and tours make supporters feel special and valued – even if a family of 24 turn up unexpectedly!

Most recently, the team have helped secure a £12,000 donation for a pager system that will enable patients to leave the confines of waiting areas. Above all, the incredible care the staff provide turns grateful patients into supporters of the charity, and for that we can’t say thank you enough!

Best Individual Ambassador
Helen Tighe – St Bartholomew’s Hospital

Helen Tighe is an Executive Assistant at St Bartholomew's and has been instrumental to the success of our Major Gifts team throughout 2017. She has gone above and beyond to make sure that senior clinicians are available to lead tours of St Bartholomew’s and inspire potential major donors.

Helen is always on board with continuing the special relationship between the charity and the trust staff and we are very grateful for her ongoing support.


...and a huge thank you to all the nominees! 
  • Alison Thompson for her enthusiasm and responsiveness, and for working closely with the charity to improve care for patients with cancer. 
  • Andrea McDonnell for being a model fundholder, always coming up with ideas to use funds to benefit her patients and engaging with her staff to let them know about charitable funds.
  • Anna Moore for raising over £1000 walking the Pennine Way whilst singing to raise money to start new 'singing for lung health' sessions at The Royal London.
  • Barts Sexual Health Outreach Team for enthusiastically championing the charity and inviting us to sexual health outreach events, music festivals and local community activities.
  • Barts Transport for helping us deliver Christmas and Easter gifts and move event equipment for the cyclethon and Transform Trauma gig.
  • Capital Finance for their advice and help through all stages of trust-related projects, from applications through to project management.
  • Centre for Trauma Sciences for their work in supporting Transform Trauma, their promotion of the charity at every opportunity, facilitating tours.
  • Claire Dow for raising over £1900 doing a triathlon, taking part in the cyclethon, and planning even more fundraising for 2018!
  • Elly Brockbank for being brilliant throughout the teams’ application to bring robotic surgery to The Royal London, leading tours and being on hand to field difficult questions.
  • Emma Krzyz for taking on the London Marathon and spreading awareness of the charity on social media.
  • Garry Huggan for enthusiastically championing the charity and introducing us to his contacts in the music industry and for inviting us to sexual health outreach events.
  • Heather Hooper for organising a mothers, fathers and babies day to fundraise for the Acorn Ward at Whipps Cross hospital, and arranging a Benefit pamper session.
  • Holly Nuttall for being instrumental in embedding the charity within the Bodley Scott inpatient and outpatient units, inspiring staff to learn more about their charity and the power charitable donations can have for cancer services.
  • John Conibear for being very supportive through guided tours of the radiotherapy department, presentations and interaction with high net worth individuals.
  • Lynda McNab for being a fantastic Charity Champion. She is continually spreading the word about the charity and getting staff involved with fundraising and using charity funds.   
  • Ward 3C at St Bartholomew's for taking on the Victoria Park fun run to fundraise for their ward.
  • Matthew Roy for being a model charity champion, always promoting the charity's work on social media, and taking part in fundraising like the British 10K.
  • Newham Maternity Team, including the Barking Birthing Centre, for their fundraising at the hospital, keeping us up to date with events, and inviting us to have stalls and collection tins there.
  • Nicole Skeltys for co-organising the cyclethon and Transform Trauma gig and inviting the charity to have a presence at trauma conferences. She connects patients and staff with the charity whenever possible.
  • Sherry Manning for helping us deliver two tours of the Rainbow Centre, she’s always very responsive and keen to help, and a pleasure for the team to work with. 
  • Stephen Edmondson for being very helpful with his teams’ application for robotic surgery at St Bartholomew’s Hospital and leading presentations with potential major donors.  
  • Whipps Cross Maternity Team for their vision and determination in applying for a grant to overhaul the hospital’s maternity services.


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