Toy donation to NICU parent’s lounge
Caitlyn Gibson was cared for in NICU when she was born nine years ago. Caitlyn’s mum, Catherine, works at Foxley Kingham Anniversary Foundation who have chose our NICU, Cancer Unit and Maternity Bereavement as some of their charities of the year. Catherine and Caitlyn made a generous donation of toys to our parent’s lounge, where siblings of those in NICU can play.
Completion of the Child Oncology Rooms Project
Over a year ago we launched the Child Oncology Rooms Project fundraising appeal. Because of you…we are able to share the completed rooms with you. A huge thank you to the local community, schools, supermarkets and grant giving trusts who have enabled us to create these superb facilities for our young cancer patients.
Donation to our Breast Unit
1 in 8 women will get breast cancer at some point in their lives. Fortunately, breast cancer treatment is very successful so the majority of these women will be cured. We are raising money for equipment to help further improve our quality of care and would like to say thank you to Luton Rugby for raising £702.21 towards this, from their recent Breast Cancer Fundraising Day!
Installation of a washing machine in our NICU Parents Accomodation
We were recently donated a washing machine for our NICU Parents Accommodation from Brighthouse. Ben Robinson from BAR Electrical donated his time and skills to fit the washing machine. Ben recently received life-saving treatment in our Emergency Department and wanted to give something back to say thank you. Ben will also be fitting a kitchenette for staff in our Emergency Department in the near future.
A huge thank you!
Generous donation towards our Child Oncology Rooms Project
Finn was recently treated at the L&D for cancer. In June, Finn’s Family arranged a Family Fun Day to help raise funds towards our Child Oncology Rooms Project and two other charities. We recently met Claire, Finn’s mum and a 2nd year student nurse hoping to do her placement at the L&D, and received a cheque for £4,500 – a huge thank you!
We are delighted to hear Finn was given the all clear on the 16th August and is back at preschool.
Incredible donation from HELP towards our Helipad Appeal
We were delighted to receive an incredible donation of £500,000 from Help Appeal – County Air Ambulance Trust towards our Helipad Appeal.
The HELP Appeal have pledged a total of £2.5 million, which is half of the money needed to complete the project.
We now need to raise the remainder of the money for this lifesaving appeal. Having a helipad at the L&D will enable patients to receive specialist emergency care quicker, which can prevent death or serious disability.
TUI volunteer for our NICU Parents Accommodation
We were joined by staff from TUI, who volunteered their time and boundless energy to help tidy and maintain our garden at the NICU Parents Accommodation. This facility is free of charge for those parents who live far away from the hospital and have a baby in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We are extremely grateful for TUI’s effort in making the environment more pleasant and welcoming.
Domino’s Pizza run 5k for Helipad Appeal
Staff from Domino’s Pizza Luton, Domino’s Pizza Dunstableand other local stores took part in the Wardown 5k Park Run to raise funds for our Helipad Appeal. They raised an amazing £783.88 and we would like to say a huge thank you for their ongoing support.
Sainsburys Dunstable Collection for our Helipad Appeal
At the beginning of last month we held our first store collection at Sainsbury’s in Dunstable, in aid of our Helipad Appeal.We are delighted to have raised £480!
Birthday Party donation to NICU
Hana was born at just under 25 weeks and spent two months in our NICU. As her parents live in Watford, Zahida was able to stay in our Parents Accommodation whilst Manny travelled between the unit, work and home. Without the accommodation their experience would’ve been much more stressful when they needed to be by Hana’s side quickly. Hana recently celebrated her 1st birthday and raised a wonderful £760 at her birthday party for NICU, thank you!
Thank you to David Geldart who made a donation on behalf of the members of the Chalgrave Manor Golf Club Senior Section for our Helipad Appeal. They had a charity day which raised £265.
Ward 15 and Dementia
Ward 15 recently held a cake sale and tea party to raise money for their ward and our Dementia Care fund. A fantastic £443.08 was raised! A huge well done for their hard work towards the improvement of patient experience at the L&D.
Charity Car Meet for the Helipad Appeal
Kirsty Moore recently held a Charity Car Meet in Milton Keynes to raise money for our Helipad Appeal. Despite the rainy weather she managed to raise £49.98! We are extremely thankful for your support in holding this fundraiser.
Smith’s Medical based in Bramingham Business Park recently held an end of year party. They held a raffle and collected donations towards our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. We were delighted to receive £417.09 – thank you!
Volunteering from Hilton Group
A huge thank you to Hilton Garden Inn, Luton and Hampton by Hilton, Luton for coming in this week to tidy up the hospital site. They done a fantastic job of clearing up litter.
Donation to our Dementia Unit
Thank you to Vince Shuel who came in on behalf of Christine Calvey with a cheque for £300 for our Dementia Unit! Christine recently held a birthday party and asked for donations towards the unit instead of gifts.
Local school raises money for PONC!
Over the last year Maidenhall Primary School have been raising funds to support our Child Oncology Rooms Project. Community Fundraiser, Bianca was delighted to visit the school and receive a cheque for £490.80! Thank you to all the students for your hard work in supporting the transformation of our the treatment rooms, where our young patients with leukemia and cancer are cared for.
Money raised for our Chemo Unit
Joe Ward is one our patients at the L&D and has been having treatment for prostate cancer on and off since 2002. He recently celebrated his 80th birthday and instead of receiving presents he asked for donations to the Chemotherapy Unit. We were delighted to have Joe present a cheque of £550 – thank you very much!
Tesco store collection raises money for Ward 32.
We are delighted to announce £552.24 was raised at our Tesco store collection for Ward 32’s ultrasound appeal. A massive thank you to everyone who collected and donated, this will go towards a fantastic piece of equipment to help future mothers-to-be.
Sainsbury’s Bramingham Park Charity Partner Total
Two years ago Sainsbury’s Bramingham Park selected our Child Oncology Rooms Project as their chosen charity partner. Over the past two years they have held various activities, events and store collections to support the transformation of our young cancer patients rooms.
We were absolutely delighted to receive a cheque for £13,068 for the making it a total of £24,406 for the past two years! A huge thank you for all their support and for giving us this fantastic opportunity, we truly are grateful.
Head shave to raise money for NICU
Annie raised money for our NICU by shaving her head at her son’s christening. Her husband also had his legs waxed too! They raised a total of £1,227.63 for NICU. We are extremely thankful and appreciate your support. Well done!
Charity Bingo Night
Thank you to everyone who came to our Bingo Night. We are delighted to have raised over £1,000 for the Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund.
Local school raise money for our Child Oncology Rooms Project
Thank you to the students at Watling Lower School in Dunstable for raising an incredible £1168.45. They have held various activities throughout the year to raise funds for the Child Oncology Rooms Project.
We are extremely thankful and grateful for their hard work and support!
Virtual Run for PONC
A huge thank you to the staff at Hilton Garden Inn, Luton for raising a total of £492.50 from their virtual run which coincided with our Child Oncology Walk. All funds will support our Child Oncology Rooms Project.
Child Oncology Rooms Project Donation
A huge thank you to Mr and Mrs Modi for donating £701 to our Child Oncology Rooms Project.
They chose to raise money through The Bedfordshire Gandhi Foundation, as part of their 40th wedding and 60th birthday celebrations. They have close ties to the hospital as their son was a NICU baby over 30 years ago and is now a Dad.
NHS 70th Celebrations
On Thursday 5th July we held a variety of cakes sales, food stalls, Mayoral visits and much more to celebrate the NHS turning 70! Thank you so much to everyone who supported making our day a very special one!
Ward 22 Cake Sale
A cake sale was held in memory of Aimee Varney, a former nurse on Ward 22 and raised £146.57. Thank you to everyone who supported or donated on the day.
World Cup wall charts raise huge amount of money for NICU
One of our former NICU Dads Elliott Quince has been selling World Cup wall charts illustrated by himself to raise money for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. 4 years ago he raised £2,290, 2 years ago he raised £2,750 and this year set a target of beating £3,000.
We are delighted to announce he has raised over £12,300!! We are extremely thankful for his hard-work, commitment and time to help raise funds for NICU.
Money raised for NICU
We were delighted to meet Sarah O’Dell and her 3 year old son Thomas who donated a fantastic £604 to our NICU! Thomas was born six weeks early and spent two weeks in our NICU. Whilst our wonderful team looked after Thomas, Sarah was able to use our overnight NICU accommodation. The money was raised through a Pamper Evening and selling sweet cones, they will be continuing to support and fundraise for NICU. A huge thank you!
Knitting for NICU and Dementia
Thank you to the ladies at Eaton Bray WI who donated some lovely knitting for our NICU and Dementia units. Our Community Fundraiser, Bianca was delighted to visit the ladies this week and talk to them about our Helipad Appeal.
Thank you to Domino’s Pizza Luton for inviting our Community Fundraiser, Bianca along for a talk, tour and training on how to make pizza. We even had some L&D pizzas created! Domino’s have chosen to support our Helipad Appeal for the year and have so far raised over £10,000 since February – thank you! www.justgiving.com/fundraising/dominosldhospital
Final Sainsbury’s in Bramingham store collections
We are delighted to announce that a fantastic £864.33 was raised at the Sainsbury’s in Bramingham store collections last weekend for the Child Oncology Rooms Project. Thank you to our wonderful volunteers for giving their time and to everyone who donated!
Primary School raised money for NICU
Community Fundraiser, Bianca visited Sacred Heart Primary School in Stopsley to collect a cheque from the students for £407 for our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit! Charlotte, a former teacher, experienced the wonderful work our NICU provide when her daughter Evie was treated in 2017. Thank you!
L&D chosen as a charity of the year!
Thank you to the staff at Foxley Kingham Anniversary Foundation who have chosen us as one of their charity partners for the year supporting our Maternity Bereavement Unit, Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and Cancer Unit. The Directors and Staff at Foxley Kingham, a Luton-based chartered accounts and business advisors, set themselves the challenge of raising £50,000 to celebrate the company’s 50th anniversary. Wishing them all the very best of luck!
Asda Green Token
We are delighted to announce that we have been selected as one of Asda in Dunstable’s Green Token local causes from July to September 2018. This will be in aid our Helipad Appeal which will save lives and give more people a better chance of recovery. Keep an eye in-store from July and make sure you vote for us!
Money raised for NICU
Thank you to George Hay for delivering a cheque of just over £1,600 to our NICU parents accommodation on Friday, along with essential items they have been collecting for parents who stay. The team chose to support NICU as one of their members of staff stayed in the bungalow a few years ago. A massive thank you for your support, this is really appreciated by the team and the parents who stay.
‘A Night to Remember our Trees’
Community Fundraiser, Bianca attended a cheque presentation following on from ‘A Night To Remember our Trees’ Charity evening. The night raised £9,535 for our cancer unit with Barclays, Luton match funding £1,000. A huge thank you to everyone involved for raising £10,535. This money will go towards the purchasing of a chemotherapy chair and chemotherapy pump.
Money raised for the Cancer Unit
Jane Colclough, a PA at the L&D was diagnosed with breast cancer five years ago. This was a very emotional experience for both her and her family but with thanks to the help and support of the cancer unit at the L&D, Jane was able to get through this and is now in remission. As a way of saying thank you, Jane decided to cut her hair off whilst raising money and awareness for an incredible unit that saved her life. A massive well done and thank you to Jane for cutting her hair off and raising £755!
Family Fun Day and Auction Night held for our Maternity Bereavement Suite
A huge congratulations to Rianna Steers for raising an incredible £3,400 so far, for our Maternity Bereavement Suite. Rianna held a Family Fun Day and Auction Night last weekend to raise funds for such a valuable service at the L&D. Well done and thank you to everyone involved!
Marks and Spencer Luton are raising money for NICU!
We are very pleased to announce that Marks & Spencer in Luton have chosen NICU for their store charity of the year! The branch will be fundraising for the unit for the next 12 months so look out for our orange tins in store and other NICU items.
Morrisons Collections for the Helipad Appeal
The total raised from the store collections at Morrison’s in Houghton Regis was £433.22. This was raise for the Helipad Appeal and thank you to everyone who helped and donated over the weekend!
You can donate to our Helipad Appeal via our JustGiving page, please click here.
Donation to the Paediatric Unit
Thank you to Gerry Taylor and his customers for raising an amazing £700 for our Paediatric Unit! Also a big thank you to Vince Shuel for bringing it into the hospital on Gerry’s behalf.
Spring Quiz Night
The Spring Quiz night was a huge success and raised £657.72 for the Child Oncology Rooms!
We had an amazing turn out and the atmosphere was buzzing!
Congratulations to Judi Kingham and team who were the winners of the night and won the trophy from last years champions.
London Marathon 2018 (Jon Reep)
My training had been consistent and structured since December and like many other runners I probably tested my family’s patience to the limit with talk of different diets and how freezing cold it was on my long weekend runs.
Fast forward a few mo
nths to a very different climate where competitors were given a very warm welcome to the London Marathon! I had been training to run under 4 hours but my game plan changed drastically after just three miles and with the punishing heat radiating up from the tarmac, I quickly lowered my expectations to a comfortable jog.
My aim would be to survive until about the 23rd mile and then open up the pace at the end if I had the energy. I arrived at this milestone and the only thought at this stage was simply to survive and make it to the finish. The crowds, atmosphere and organisation was fantastic and it will be an experience I’ll never forget. I feel very privileged to have been chosen to run for the Luton and Dunstable University Hospital Trust and so pleased with the fundraising support from my family and friends which has raised over £2,500 thus far.
London Marathon 2018 (Elliott and Tash Stern)
Well, we did it!
After 4 months of committed training, buying countless amounts of running gear, eating, drinking and sleeping running – we completed the hottest ever London Marathon!
The heat was unfortunately more crippling than we imagined so whilst neither of us achieved the times we were training for, we both crossed the line and have raised £14,000 (including gift aid) which was way above our expectations!
The day took a slight turn for the worse when Elliott collapsed at Mile 18 due to heat exhaustion but somehow he managed to carry on and cross the line, which is courage at its best!
Thank you also for your support, words of wisdom and cheers on the day! We couldn’t have achieved it without your help.
Our running shoes have been hung up for now but it really was such an amazing experience, we could be tempted again in the future!
End of the Financial Year
As we have reached the end of the financial year, we would like to say a huge THANK YOU to everyone who has supported the Luton and Dunstable Charitable Fund over the last year. We had our best year yet, raising over £1 million! We couldn’t have done it without all of your support!
Generous local companies visited the Children’s Wards over the Easter period to donate Easter eggs to the patients. Thank you very much to the teams at David Lloyd Gym in Luton, GKN Aerospace in Luton, Aritsu LTD, Luton and the HBB Bikers . What Eggamples you are to the local community.
Ranbir Mutti and friends took part in a bike ride called ‘Kaylen’s bike ride’. Ranbir and his team cycled successfully from Bedford to the hospital and raised £1,801 for NICU. Ranbir’s son Kaylen spent 2 months in NICU from birth and his parents wanted to do something to say thank you to the unit for all their care and support.
Triple Cake Sale Treat
We had a triple treat in March with 3 departments holding Easter cake sales for their departments;
Ward 32 in Maternity were first up and raised a fantastic £1181! Along with an additional £319.20 from the raffle.
Next were the Children’s ward who held their Easter cake sale in mid-March and raised £985.33.
Last but not least and just in time for Easter The Paediatric Emergency Department held their cake sale and raised £799.90.
Jon Reep Marathon
Well done to our London Marathon runner, Jon Reep who completed the Milton Keynes Festival of running 20 mile race and managed 2 hours 58 minutes. Jon is busy training for the London Marathon, which he is running on behalf of our Children’s Wards.
Dominos stores across Luton and Dunstable held a special promotion in march to raise funds for the Helipad appeal, Dominos will be fundraising for the hospital throughout the year.
Rianna Steers Sponsored Drive
Rianna and friends embarked on a driving adventure across the UK in March in order to raise funds for the Maternity Bereavement Suite. Rianna organised a 24hour sponsored drive with the aim to visit all of the premiership rugby clubs in the country to collect prizes for their charity auction night. The drive was organise din memory of baby Archie.
Hannah’s Beauty Bar Nail’a’thon
Beautician Hannah Louise from Houghton Regis raised an impressive £411 for the Helipad Appeal by organizing an all-day nail marathon.
World Book Day
Staff from the fundraising team and the children’s wards dressed up on 1st March to celebrate World Book Day which put a smile on all the patients faces. Thank you to Spider Man (George) who stopped by to take a photo with us before a very important mission.
Knitting donation to NICU
Thank you to Suzy and Joan who visited NICU to donate some knitted items which included blankets, hats, jumpers and octopi cuddly toys. Our NICU families will be delighted with these.
We were delighted to be invited to Madinah Mosque as part of their #VISITMYMOSQUE initiative. The mosque donated £1885 for the Helipad. Thank you!
Galway Association Bedfordshire Donate to NICU
Thank you to The Galway Association Bedfordshire who presented us with a cheque for £1000 to support NICU at their annual dinner in February.
Valentines Day Cake Sale
Well done to the Coronary Care Unit who raised £200 at their cake sale supporting the unit.
Maidenhall Primary School support The Child Oncology Rooms Project
Community Fundraiser Bianca visited Maidenhall Primary School in Luton who held a competition to raise money for the child oncology rooms project. The students designed their own hospital rooms and Bianca was delighted to help judge!
The Seventh Day Adventist Church raised money for NICU
A massive thank you to Gabrielle James and members of The Seventh Day Adventist Church in Luton, who held a concert to support NICU. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £535! This will benefit the premature and sick babies on the Unit. What an amazing effort – well done!
Incredible NICU Donation
Thank you to Ruby for sharing your heart felt story of your recent journey through NICU. We wish you all and little Hamish well. Ruby and family have raised a staggering £3,000 for the unit. Click here to ready Ruby’s story.
Putteridge Primary School raise money for our Children’s Ward
A huge thank you to the children and staff and Putteridge Primary School who have raised an amazing £1005.40 for our Children’s Wards. Community Fundraiser, Bianca visited the school to thank them for their fantastic fundraising efforts. Great work!
Gift Donation for the Children’s Wards
Thank you to the members of Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Association who visited us yesterdaywith some lovely gifts for the Children’s Ward.
Book Sale for Child Oncology Rooms Project
A massive well done and thank you to Roland and Pat who held a book sale in the hospital. They raised an amazing £266.65 for the Child Oncology Rooms project. Thank you to all who donated and purchased books.
Children’s Wards Donation
A huge thank you to Atiq & the teams from Children of Adam and Maximum Nutrition in Luton, for their wonderful toy donation. The toys will benefit the patients on our Children’s Ward. Fantastic local support!
Helipad Appeal Donation
Members of the NHS retirement fellowship were in attendance at the hospital for a presentation and talk about The L&D charitable fund to find out more about the fundraising activities at the hospital and in the community.
The fellowship also kindly donated £50 towards the Helipad Appeal!
Cuddle Cot Donation
Thank you to Victoria, Nigel and Max Lake for their generous donation of a cuddle got to our Bereavement team. We have also received one from Claire Ashley and her family in loving memory of Ruby Ashley – thank you.
The Grove Theatre Panto visit the Children’s Ward
We were delighted to be joined by the team at The Grove Theatre Panto who visited our patients on the Children’s Ward. It was wonderful to see the patient’s reactions when seeing them. Thank you SO much for coming in. We hope to see you again next year!
Specialist Cards Luton deliver presents
Tony Gair and staff from Specialist Cars in Luton visited the hospital to kindly deliver lots of presents to our Children’s Ward patients!
Thank you very much for your support!
Watling Lower School Christmas Card Competition
Bianca visited the children at Watling Lower School in Dunstable to judge their Christmas tree competition. The competition is their first fundraising activity in raising money for our Child Oncology Rooms! It was very hard to choose as all of the entries were fantastic! Well done to the children in each class who won!
Christmas Gift Wrapping
It’s been a very busy week in fundraising with so many deliveries of presents for our patients! So many of you have taken the time to give a gift this Christmas so we needed to ask some helpers to wrap them all!!
Thank you to all who came into the hospital every day despite the awful weather to wrap presents including the team from MyLetz in Luton, Stephen Parkinson, Sue from The Orbit Club and Sue Steffans.
Dunstable Town Football Club visit our Children’s Ward
We had the pleasure of welcoming the players and staff from Dunstable Town Football Club who came in to visit our Childrens Wards , the team kindly took the time to speak with each child, wish them a Merry Christmas and handed out gifts which put a smile on lots of faces.Thank you very much to you all it was fantastic to have you and we hope to see you again next year!
Sainsbury’s Dunstable deliver gifts to the Children’s Ward
Thank you to Deanna & the staff from Sainsbury’s in Dunstable who came in to deliver gifts to our patients this week. They have been collecting presents in store for our children’s wards in the lead up to Christmas.
Luton Town Football Club visit our Children’s Ward
We were delighted to have the team from Luton Town Football Club visit the Children’s Ward with Santa! They gave our patients gifts and wished them a Happy Christmas! Thank you for coming along, you all brightened up our patients day!
Christmas Card Donations
We were delighted to received hand made Christmas cards from the students at Challney High School for boys and The Meads Primary School. The students have worked very hard and we are very grateful for this. Our patients who are in over Christmas will receive these and are sure to bring a smile to their faces! Fantastic job, thank you.
Christmas Santa Float raising money for Diabetes
The hospitals Fundraising and Diabetes teams joined forces to take part in the Santa Float. Staff followed Santa on his float throughout Houghton Regis and Dunstable, knocking on doors and sending Christmas cheer! Thank you to The Rotary Club of Dunstable who kindly asked us to take part in this annual event. We had lots of fun and hope to be back next year!
Knitting for NICU
Thank you to Mrs Irish who delivered lots of her beautiful knitting for NICU, these items will be given to our premature babies on the unit.
NICU and Children’s Ward gift donation
Thank you to Ria and Amy for delivering gifts to our Children’s Wards and NICU from the youth group at Sandringham hub and Aldwyk Housing. Also thank you to Maddison for your kind note to our patients.
We really appreciate your support!