Gloucestershire Live Charity of the Year 2022 | Headline sponsor Randall & Payne | Winner: Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity
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Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity is likely to touch every life in Gloucestershire

The judges agreed that both the scale of the projects achieved and the diversity of people benefitting across Gloucestershire made Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity the stand out winner of the inaugural Gloucestershire Live Charity of the Year Award.

This win highlights the significant difference the charity makes for people in Gloucestershire, which is possible thanks to the businesses, local groups and people who so kindly give their support during a very challenging time. It’s also recognition of the extraordinary way the local community have got behind the talented and dedicated NHS staff – their medical work benefits the entirety of Gloucestershire, and the local support helps them to achieve even more.

Something for everyone

The Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity helps our local hospitals do even more for the community – funding projects over and above the NHS which make a real impact for patients, their families, and NHS Staff. Their work benefits those whose lives have been affected by serious illness such as cancer, heart disease or respiratory conditions, with projects benefitting every age group; from those with dementia to babies who need urgent medical attention.

Everyone in the county can benefit from support at Cheltenham General Hospital and Gloucestershire Royal, where medical teams provide diagnosis, care and treatment for everyone in Gloucestershire. The charity enhances this by funding state-of-the-art technology, specialist care and improvements to facilities which otherwise would not be possible.

Cheltenham and Gloucester Hospitals Charity

The winning entry:

A wide range of projects have been funded by the charity and were included in their entry. Here are just a selection of the projects achieved to give an idea of the diverse nature of the support the charity offers the people of Gloucestershire:

  • 30,000 local people are now benefitting from state-of-the-art imaging technology per year, with three charitably funded CT Scanners in place to help NHS staff to save and transform lives.
  • Over £300,000 of specialist mental health and wellbeing support was provided for NHS staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the pandemic – helping to care for those who care for their community. This included specialist counselling, equality and diversity support and a peer-to-peer mentoring project to make a lasting difference.
  • 5,000 newly diagnosed cancer patients benefitted from the work of their charitably funded Focus Support Team in 2021. The team continued their work safely in person throughout the height of the pandemic – a time of considerable stress for people with cancer.
  • A COVID-19 Commemorative Garden, designed by Danny Clark, was created to remember the lives lost during the pandemic and to thank the dedicated NHS teams in Gloucestershire for their commitment. This has become an important area for patients and staff to experience a calm, soothing outdoor space at the hospitals, and was officially opened by the Princess Royal.
  • For the first time in Gloucestershire, Cancer patients are benefitting from a cutting edge technique which destroys cancer cells by freezing them. This technology, known as ‘Cryoablation’ uses precision probes to freeze a tumour to -40°C and is less invasive than surgery – resulting in faster recovery times and lower risk of complications.
  • Over 30 state-of-the-art jaundice meters are supporting new babies across Gloucestershire, this specialist technology gives an instant reading by simply holding against a baby’s skin – helping to diagnose serious illness at the earliest opportunity.
  • A team of scalp cooling volunteers are helping cancer patients to retain their hair during treatment, using charitably funded technology in the Gloucestershire Oncology Centre.
  • Three Mobile Digital X-ray machines have provided instant imaging when every second counts, benefitting premature babies who need urgent care and treatment, people with respiratory or chest conditions, and helping medical teams in emergency situations.

The list of bullet points in the entry continued – this is just half of what has been achieved. However it is enough to demonstrate why this charity was selected by the judges. Every day of the year, local people benefit, whether they’re in an emergency situation and the latest imaging technology can give an instant diagnosis, or someone needs support and advice during cancer treatment.

The Charity will continue their work in 2023 and have recently launched their Big Plus Fund to help support projects that will improve the patient experience and transform the hospital environment wherever the need is greatest. This includes a Baby Loss Remembrance Garden at Gloucestershire Royal, installing sky ceiling light panels in hospital treatment areas and creating wellbeing safe spaces.

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