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Past news and events

Christmas Card donation
Thank you to the students from Aspire to Inspire and Ramridge Primary School who visited our Children’s ward with handmade Christmas cards.

Christmas Concert raises money for Children’s Ward
Thank you to everyone who was involved in Harpenden Concert Band’s Snowman Concert. We are delighted to announce they raised an incredible £1,021.41 for our Children’s Ward.

Generous donation from Morrisons
The Children’s Ward were delighted to receive a visit from Morrisons, Houghton Regis, and Santa! They generously donated a selection of presents for our young patients spending the Christmas period in hospital.

We also received some wonderful hampers for staff – thank you so much!

Book donation from local school
Thank you to The Chalk Hills Academy for visiting the Children’s Ward with a generous donation of books. These are for our patients

Tesco support our Children’s Ward
Thank you Tesco, Dunstable for donating presents and wrapping paper for the festive period.

Presents from a local business
Thank you to Foxley Kingham Anniversary Foundation who donated a selection of toys for patients spending Christmasint hospital.

Present donation for Dementia patients
Thank you to Caddington Grove Care Home for their generous donation of presents for our patients with Dementia who are spending Christmas Day in hospital.

Book donation
Thank you to Claire’s little library for visiting our Children’s Ward and donating a selection of books for the young patients spending Christmas Day in hospital.

Christmas Present Wrappers
Thank you to Clearhead, Steven Parkinson and the staff and students from Luton Sixth Form College who joined us to wrap Christmas presents for our patients.

Tesco Mobile raise money for Helipad Appeal
Tesco Mobile in Dunstable held a Christmas raffle to raise funds for our Helipad Appeal. We were delighted to receive a cheque for £111! Thank you.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs visit the Children’s Ward
We were delighted to have Grove Theatre’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs panto team visit our Children’s Ward. They certainly brought some festive cheer and smiles to the young patients!

Ward 32 Savoury Sale
Ward 32 in our Maternity Unit are currently raising money for a new ultrasound scanner for mothers-to-be. Last week they held a ‘Savoury Sale’ raising £1,105 towards their total!

Thank you to everyone who was involved and donated.

Rotary Club Santa Float raises money for Charity
Several members of staff took part in the The Rotary Club of Dunstable santa float and raised £460.46.
£184.18 was donated to the L&D Hospital Charity general fund. Thank you to all who said hello to Santa and donated!

Poker Night raises money for Children’s Ward
Thank you Venture Residential

Christmas present donation for the elderly
Thank you to Ahmadiyya Muslim Women’s Group who visited Wards 14 and 14 to donate gifts to our elderly patients spending the festive season in hospital.

Christmas Fair for NICU
A huge thank you to our Charity Ambassador, Sabine Hazell and all who attended the NICU Christmas Fair in Sundon Park. We are delighte dot announce £1,497.56 was raised for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit!

Visit from Luton Town Football Club
A huge thank you to Luton Town Football Club for visiting the Children’s Ward last week and presenting them with gifts.

They really did bring a smile to all our patients and staff faces!

ASDA raise money for Helipad Appeal
Thank you to Asda in Dunstable, and all of their customers, for supporting our Helipad Appeal.

We were delighted to receive a cheque for £500 from the Green Token Scheme!

Wedding donation to NICU
Thank you to Michelle and Damian who recently raised £302.12 for NICU. This was from what would have been spent on favours at their wedding, and donations from their guests. Michelle and Damian’s twin daughters were cared for in our Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and this was their gesture to say thank you.

Congratulations to them both and thank you for thinking of our NICU on your special day

Ward 32 raise money for scanner
Ward 32 are raising funds to buy an ultrasound machine for their ward, where they look after mothers-to-be. This machine will enable them to scan while Mum is on the ward.

Ward 32 held an double cake sale and raised an incredible £1,183.29! A huge thank you to everyone who got involved

Sainsbury’s, Dunstable raise money for Helipad Appeal
A huge thank you to the customers from Sainsbury’s in Dunstable who donated to our Helipad Appeal. We are delighted to announce an incredible £1,020 was raised across the four days!

Thank you to our staff and volunteers for sparing their time to collect.

Knitting donation for NICU
We recently received a generous donation of knitting for NICU, from Bedfordshire Progressive Synagogue (Rodef Shalom).

For their Mitvah Day, which was on Sunday 18th November, they were asked to do something for charity and we are thankful to them for choosing us!

Money raised for Cardiac Rehabilitation
Over the past year Stopsley Striders have been raising money for our Cardiac Rehabilitation department, and have raised an incredible total of £7,300!

Organised by Amanda Rankin, Cardiac Rehabilitation Sister and members of the team they’ve held several fundraising events including a virtual run, a summer sports challenge, two discos, raffles, cake sales and more. This will allow them to buy extra resources to improve future patients’ experience.

Luton Town Football Club supporters raise money for NICU Parents Accommodation
Luton Town Football Club held our dedicated football match to raise funds for NICU Parents Accommodation.We were joined by over 40 volunteers from the L&D and Luton Town Supporters Trust and raised an incredible £1,501.70!

Former NICU families joined us to take part in the pre-match dug out experience, flag waving and hot shots at half time. A huge thank you to everyone involved and congratulations to Luton Town FC for winning 5-1 against Plymouth Argyle.

Twiddle Muff donation
Twiddlemuffs help to ease agitation and calm a person with Dementia, as they can keep their hands and minds occupied.

We were delighted to receive a donation of Twiddlemuffs from the ladies of Woburn District Trefoil Guild and the ladies from Wednesday morning 10 pin bowling. This will make a real difference to those patients with Dementia.

World Prematurity Day celebrations
The NICU team celebrated World Prematurity Day with a cake sale and raffle to raise funds for SoundEars. The SoundEar acts as an interface to alert staff and families about sound levels above acceptable limits. This provides a warning to act immediately to reduce noise levels. The benefits will protect the babies infants inner ear and promote calmness.

We are delighted to announce £934.09 was raised on the day!

Christmas Tree Donation
A huge thank you to Marks and Spencer for donating two Christmas trees and a range of decorations for our NICU Parents Accommodation and the hospital Main Reception.

Refurbishment of A&E staff kitchen
In September, Ben from B-A-R Electrical kindly installed a washing machine for our NICU Parents Accommodation. Ben has now completely gutted and re-kitted the staff kitchen in the Emergency Department for the incredible and hardworking team.

Ben said “It really has been like an episode of 24 hours in A&E, we have seen all sorts today with paramedics, doctors, nurses, police and support staff all working tirelessly on what looked like a very busy day for them, I didn’t think I could have more respect for them, but I do now!”

We are extremely grateful to Ben for his generosity in providing this kitchen free of charge. It really will make a huge difference to staff.

Domino store opening and donation
Head of Fundraising, Sarah Amexheta, Community Fundraiser, Bianca-Lee John and A&E Nurse, Emma Chandler were delighted to officially open the new Domino’s Pizza Luton Riddy Lane store, as well as receive an incredible donation of £15,000 towards our Helipad Appeal.

We would like to thank the local Domino’s stores for their fantastic support, and for even letting our staff create some pizzas!

Quiz Night raises money for Helipad Appeal
We held our Autumn Spring Quiz in aid of our Helipad Appeal. We are delighted to have raised £947.72!

A huge thank you to everyone who came along and congratulations to the Endoscopy Team who won.

Inspiration lady donates money to the L&D charity
We were delighted to meet an inspirational lady who donated £3,100 towards our NICU Parents Accomodation annual running costs and £3,100 towards our Paediatric Unit, for the purchasing of a portable wheelchair scale and vein finder machine.

This incredible donation was one of her final wishes whilst currently suffering with cancer and we are extremely thankful to her.

Local school raise money for our Breast Unit
A huge thank you to Challney High School for Girls who raised an incredible £11,000 from their Race for Life event.

We are delighted to be receiving half of the money raised to benefit our Breast Unit at the L&D.

Donation to NICU
We were delighted to meet Laura Mathurin who donated £200 to our NICU, through sales on an online vintage shop. Laura raised this money in memory of her son Arlow, who passed away in 2016. We would like to say a huge thank you to Laura and to those who purchased items.

Staff raise money for Breast Unit
A huge thank you to staff at the L&D and Venture Residential who took part in ‘Wear Pink’ for our Breast Unit.

We are delighted to have raised over £120 and you can still make your donation to the purchasing of a new x-ray machine here > www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fundraising-team

Bollywood event for Helipad Appeal
Mr and Mrs Pattni, supported by Vinod Taylor and the Indian community came together to raise vital funds for our Helipad Appeal. The event raised over £4,000 in one afternoon full of Bollywood music, dance and incredible home made food. Mr and Mrs Pattnis both volunteer in reception, supporting patients coming onsite and signposting people to where they need to go. While volunteering they heard about the appeal and that this was a project they wanted to support. A huge thank you to them and for everyone who attended.

Book sale for Child Oncology Room Project
A huge thank you to Roland and Pat for the book sale they held recently.  They raised a wonderful £210.40 towards the purchasing of final comfort items and toys for the new Child Oncology Rooms.

Waitrose, Leighton Buzzard raise money for our Helipad Appeal
A huge thank you to Waitrose & Partners in Leighton Buzzard, and their customers, for supporting our Helipad Appeal as part of their Community Matters Token Scheme. We were delighted to receive £390 which will contribute to building an on-site helipad for those patients who suffer a major trauma and need access to specialist care as easily and quickly as possible.

Toy donation from staff at Foxley Kingham

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.

 

 

New Child Oncology RoomCompletion 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.

 

 

Cheque presentation at Luton Rugby ClubDonation 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!

 

 

BAR Electrical, Sarah Amexheta and Ed Payne outside NICU Parents AccommodationInstallation 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!

 

Cheque donation to the Children's WardGenerous 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.

 

Cheque presentation with HELP appealIncredible 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 volunteering at the NICU parents accommodationTUI 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.

 

 

Staff from Domino's running 5kDomino’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!

 

 

David Geldart on behalf of Chalgrave Golf ClubHelipad Donation
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 HCA and daughter at cake saleWard 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.

 

 

 

Premature baby in our NICUNICU Donation
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!

 

 

 

Hilton Group litter picking at the TrustVolunteering 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.

 

 

 

Dementia staff receiving a cheque

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.

 

 

 

Child patient with cancerLocal 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.

 

 

Nurses receiving a chequeMoney 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!

 

 

A nurse scanning a pregnantTesco 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.

 

 

Sainsburys Bramingham Park presentating a cheque for £13,068Sainsbury’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.

 

Anne Marie having her head shavedHead 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!

 

 

 

Team of staff members at the Charity Bingo NightCharity 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.

 

 

 

Watling Lower School presenting us with a chequeLocal 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!

 

 

Team members from Hilton Garden InnVirtual 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.

 

 

 

Mr and Mrs Modi presenting us with a chequeChild 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.

 

Disney Princesses with consultants at the hospitalNHS 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!

 

 

 

Staff helping at the cake saleWard 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.

 

 

 

Elliott Quince's world cup wall chartWorld 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.

 

A previous baby and mother with NICU staffMoney 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!

 

 

Group of WI ladies holding quilted blanketsKnitting 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.

 

 

 

Members of the Dominoes team making pizzaThank 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

 

 

The plan for the Child Oncology Rooms ProjectFinal 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!

 

 

Sacred Heart Primary School presenting us with a chequePrimary 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!

 

 

Thank you photoL&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!

 

 

Photo of a baby in life saving equipmentAsda 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!

 

 

George Hay Chartered Accountants presenting a cheque with members of the NICU teamMoney 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.

 

 

Cheque presentation for a night to remember our 'Trees'‘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.

 

 

Jane Colcough with her new hair cutMoney 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!

 

Rianna Steers and her team ready for their Charity eventsFamily 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!

 

 

Premature baby in an incubatorMarks 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.

 

 

Collection stand at Morrions, Houghton RegisMorrisons 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.

 

 

Thank you photoDonation 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.

 

 

 

Staff and public enjoying our Quiz NightSpring 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 photoLondon 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.

Elliott and Tash Stern at the London Marathon 2018London 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!


Thank you sign with children in the play roomEnd 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!

 

 

Easter egg donation on the Children's WardEaster Donations
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.

 

 

Bike Ride raising money for NICUBike Ride
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.

 

 

Cakes at a cake saleTriple 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 training for the marathonJon 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
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 and team ready for the car rideRianna 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 outside Emergency DepartmentHannah’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.

 

 

 

Staff and children dressed up for World Book Day 2018World 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.

#VISITMYMOSQUE
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!

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