Your Charity
The Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity is the Royal's official charity. Thousands of pounds are donated every year through fundraising events and legacies and this page will detail some of the incredible efforts made by staff, visitors and former patients to raise money for these funds. You will also find information about what our charitable funds have been spent on and some upcoming events to look forward to. If you have any fundraising stories you would like to include then please email the Communications team by clicking here and to find out more about the funds and how to donate, visit the Trust's Charity page by clicking here . 

Meet the Bosom Buddies!

​The Bosom Buddies have had another great year, raising a wonderful £300 for the Breast Care Charitable Fund as well as supporting more women who have experienced breast cancer.

The group started life more than 20 years ago as a social group, becoming Chesterfield Bosom Buddies a few years later to give ladies with a shared experience the chance to talk about what’s happened to them with someone who genuinely understands.

Ann Holmes is part of the group and said: “It’s not always easy to talk about your experiences with close relatives and friends. It’s sometimes easier to talk it through with someone who knows what’s happened to you, someone that you initially don’t have any emotional attachment with. When we get someone new to the group, we try to sit them next to someone who we think has been through a similar experience and they will frequently become friends because they are able to talk to each other freely.”
​The group meet every third Wednesday of the month, apart from August and December, usually in the Education Centre at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital. They have several planned events as well, including speakers and Pamper Days.

“We also offer support for men,” explains Ann, “as we know that this terrible disease affects them as well, not just as a husband, father or son but they can receive a diagnosis themselves so we’re also here for them. We have guest speakers and talk about specific subjects as well as what we call Natter Days which give us more of a chance to talk things over, have a bit of a giggle and bond with each other. We also hold a Pink Day which is when we have a stall at the front of the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and raise money for a cause very close to our hearts which is where we raised the £300 this year.

“In the past we’ve raised the money for Breast Cancer Care, but this year we decided to bring it closer to home and do it for the Royal’s Breast Care Cancer Charity where we have all had excellent treatment. We spend a couple of weeks collecting tombola items, always with a pink theme and then hold it in the main entrance where we can raise awareness of Bosom Buddies and what we’re about. It’s a great opportunity for us to say thank you for the wonderful work they do on that unit and everything they’ve done for us personally.”

The £300 was raised specifically for the Breast Care Unit with the money presented to the Breast Care Unit’s charitable fund. That amount includes money raised from pink roses donated by Sue Glazebrook and her sister, who also carry out Reiki treatments on our annual Pamper Day.


Swimming the Extra Mile!

​A young boy from Bolsover has raised more than a thousand pounds by swimming a mile for the Royal’s NGS Macmillan Unit.

8 year old Hayden Hudson, who lives in Bolsover, completed the mammoth swim on Friday 5th October without a single break. It took him just over an hour, handing over a cheque for £1,020 to the unit’s matron and clinical team.

Hayden’s Mum, Tracey, said: “We have a close family friend who was having chemotherapy at the new unit and had her operation here earlier this month. We wanted to give something back to the team that’s been treating her and talked about a sponsored walk. Hayden overheard and wanted to join in but he couldn’t do the walk because it was on a school day. It was then that he came up with the idea of a sponsored swim.
​“He really enjoys swimming and had been practicing hard to make sure he could manage what we worked out would be 64 lengths of the pool at Queens Park Leisure Centre. He was aching a bit on the day because we’d done 100 lengths the Sunday before and another seventy or so on the Wednesday but he managed it which is a real achievement.
​“Hayden’s sister, Rebecca, sorted out the sponsorship side and drummed up support for him, we got a lot of friends to sponsor him and set up a Just Giving page. Queens Park Leisure Centre were fantastic and set up a lane for him to use, moving him into a middle lane for the final two lengths to make it more of an occasion when he finished. We were able to cheer him on from the sidelines and we’re all so proud of what he’s done, it’s really remarkable and such a lovely gesture to the hospital and to our friend who is really touched by what he’s done.”

The money has been handed over to the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charitable Funds that has a specific pot for cancer services and the team who work within the unit. The money will go towards services that wouldn’t ordinarily be paid for through hospital funds to make the experience of our patients more comfortable.

Carly Starkey is the matron within the unit, she said: “It was lovely to meet Hayden and hear about what he’s done which is an incredible achievement, I’m not sure any of us would be able to swim for that length of time without a break. It’s such a wonderful thing to do and a phenomenal amount for such a young boy to raise, it means a lot to us and will make a real difference to the patients and visitors who come here to receive treatment.”

A big thank you to Hayden on behalf of everyone at the Chesterfield Royal Hospital and all of the patients receiving treatment at our NGS Macmillan Unit.


Celebrating Neonatal 40 years on...

​A family has been raising money for the Neonatal Unit, precisely 40 years after the premature birth of their daughter.

Pamela Smith was expecting her first child in November 1978 but gave birth in August that year at just 24 weeks at the old Scarsdale Unit in Chesterfield. Angela Smith weighed in at just one pound eleven ounces, dropping to a tiny one pound six ounces at one point, but was nursed back to health prompting them both to make the unit the focus of her 40th birthday celebrations.

Pamela said: “I asked Angela what she wanted to do for her 40th birthday and she told me not to make a fuss but had been reflecting on when she was born and wanted to give something back to the unit. I told her I’d been thinking about the same thing so we joined forces to bake cakes, make lavender bags and raise money by setting up stalls at St Francis Centre in Chesterfield and Fitness in Time Gym, as well as our walking group.
​“We raised £300 for the unit and would like to thank all of the people who donated and supported us. It’s a completely different time and place now, when Angela was born the chance of survival was much lower and we found ourselves the centre of attention with national newspapers covering us. We had letters from other people who had premature babies and were left gifts and well-wishing cards by complete strangers. We felt blessed and the care we got from the Special Care Baby Unit, as it was called at the time, was wonderful so it’s great for us to be able to give something back.”

The money will be used to make the babies and their families more comfortable as our smallest patients are cared for to help them grow and develop. This includes blankets to put over the babies’ incubators and keeping the family rooms equipped with refreshments and entertainment for brothers and sisters.

A big thank you to Angela and Pamela for their wonderful gesture from everyone at the Neonatal Unit!


Stroke Patients Enjoy the Great Outdoors

The stroke unit took advantage of the long hot summer by opening up their stroke garden to patients old and new for the 5th annual garden party, raising money for the unit and its patients.
Around 100 people attended the event which was another huge success thanks to some incredibly tasty cakes and buns baked by the occupational therapists and physios, a raffle, tombola and quiz.
Lindsay Millward is the social activities co-ordinator on the unit, she said: “It was a brilliant day for the patients because we managed to get everyone who was physically able outside of a clinical setting for the whole afternoon. It was great for our staff to talk to patients, old and new, in a social setting, to see the wonderful progress they are making and share their experiences.
“We always invite former patients who we think might want to attend and they were able to chat with some of our current patients about shared experiences relating to recovery, which gave them a real lift. We also had the therapy dogs Kendo and Sumi who work with our patients in rehab and there’s always a lot of interest when they’re around!
​“This garden has been such a benefit to our patients. It gives us another option and allows us to do activities that we otherwise wouldn’t be able to do, things like play basketball, plant flowers and simply experience a bit of normality and fresh air.”
The money raised will go straight back to the Eastwood Ward Stroke Unit and Speedwell Rehabilitation Unit to support our patients and staff.
The garden opened to patients in May 2013, to view the above slideshow as a gallery please click here.


​Hospital tattoo makes a real difference to women’s lives

​A form of medical tattooing, paid for through Charitable Funds, has been making a big difference to the lives of women who have undergone breast surgery.

Kathy Gillott is a Medical and Cosmetic Tattooist and has been offering her services at the Royal since 2014, utilising her skills to create tattoos that many women say has helped them to retain their sense of femininity.

The patients she sees will typically have undergone some form of reconstructive surgery, usually as a result of a positive diagnosis and surgical treatment for breast cancer. This could mean the removal of one or both breasts followed by some reconstructive surgery that, typically, doesn’t involve the reconstruction of the areola and nipple. This is where Kathy’s work and clinic can help.

Kathy said: “Being diagnosed with breast cancer can be a life changing moment and that’s before any surgery or treatment has taken place. By the time a patient has come to me they may have gone through several surgical procedures and various different types of therapies. It is possible to undergo nipple reconstruction but this is yet another procedure and, by that time, most patients simply can’t face it. What I can offer has much the same effect, without any of the stress and exhaustion.

“Areola tattooing is a straightforward procedure, usually composed of three treatments in total in an outpatient setting. By the end of the process the ladies will have what looks like a completely normal and real nipple and areola that, psychologically, gives them back a part of their femininity that they feel has been taken away from them.”
​“I am absolutely delighted with the results. I could now happily undress in the changing rooms at the pool and nobody would know that I have had reconstruction surgery. It’s so lovely to feel normal again.”

“I am very glad that I was referred to Kathy by my surgeon, she is very friendly and puts you at ease immediately. Her work has boosted my confidence, satisfaction and overall good feeling so much, I am extremely grateful for her good work and the hospital for delivering such a wonderful service.”

“After the very first session was completed I went away and cried in my car as I didn’t realise how much of an effect seeing nipples again would have on me, especially after not having them for ten years. I now am completely whole again.”

“What you do lifts self-esteem, which in turn lifts spirits and reduces stress. To me you are as important as my operation or any Cancer drugs; many thanks and keep doing a phenomenal job for women.”
​The process begins with a patch test behind the ear to check for any allergic reaction followed by consent from the patients. The first application will take around an hour and a half and involves drawing the shape, choosing the correct colour and ensuring they’re level and in the right place, all with full involvement, choice and agreement of the patient. Kathy will then get to work on the tattooing process ahead of the second session that typically takes place a month later. This session is used to apply a second layer of colour and ensure that the work from the first session has gone well.

Kathy added: “The principles may be the same but whereas a traditional tattoo will use ink, I use medical grade pigment that is specifically designed around the colour of skin, doesn’t go as deep as a regular tattoo and is virtually painless. It will fade over time and I do see people for a top up which is very straightforward. I can also do work on some of the scar tissue by working over them with the needle. It doesn’t need any colour, instead smoothing out the bobbled tissue that reduces the appearance of the scar and also takes away the feeling of discomfort that can accompany it.

“I run a full clinic one day a month but have been able to come in for two days if the demand is particularly high and the service is very well received. I’ve had some remarkable feedback from the ladies who have come to see me. They’ve been through a journey that is both physically and mentally draining, losing a part of their physical being that is intrinsically linked with femininity. To be able to give some of that back is so incredibly empowering and makes such a difference to the lives and relationships. I’m proud and thankful to the hospital’s charitable funds to be able to offer this service.”

Kathy has had a number of messages of thanks from patients who have been happy to share their thoughts with us as part of this article. For privacy and dignity reasons we have removed parts of comments that may identify any individuals but here are the thoughts of some of the patients who have visited Kathy. You can see these comments to the left of this article.


Paving the way to The Great Outdoors

​The Royal has taken advantage of one of its biggest natural assets and given us a more comfortable access to the great outdoors.

A number of picnic tables and benches have been installed across the site (see slideshow, left), allowing visitors and staff the opportunity to enjoy our rural surroundings whilst eating lunch, having a cuppa or just enjoying a few moments away from the hustle and bustle of hospital life.

The tables and benches, all made from recycled plastic, were introduced to the grounds in May and supported by Charitable Funds following suggestions from staff who wanted to be able to sit outside when the weather made it possible. Our Clinical Lead for Cancer Services Roger Start was the driving force behind making it happen, championing the idea and piloting the project through the Charitable Funds Committee, looking at staff suggestions about where the benches and tables should be placed.  It was then taken forward through the Trust’s ‘Listening into Action’ (LiA) initiative that seeks to turn staff ideas and suggestions into reality by removing barriers and working together.

Jon Cort is the lead for LiA, he said: “The advantage of being in a rural setting is that we have a lot of open space, much of it green and countrified. It’s been suggested before that more outdoor seating would be welcomed so, following Roger’s lead and the suggestions of staff, we asked our colleagues what kind of seating they’d like and where they’d like it.
​“The recycled plastic was picked because it’s very low maintenance, hard wearing and won’t be susceptible to the elements in terms of damage and repair. The Charitable Funds Committee were supportive of the idea, recognising that allowing our colleagues and visitors some respite away from the busy ward and work setting, even for ten or fifteen minutes, to get some fresh air would be beneficial for all involved and agreed to pay for the tables and benches. We now have a number of spaces for people to sit outside requested by our staff, chosen in consultation with colleagues, for our staff and visitors to use whenever the weather allows.”

In total there are 39 new tables and benches positioned within the Trust grounds, most of which can be found towards the back of the hospital with plenty next to car park 10 and just in front of the residences. There are also a few in the courtyard areas and just off the path that circles the main hospital building.

They’re made from plastic, recycled within the UK, by a UK manufacturer with one bench using the equivalent of two thousand plastic bottles, whilst the tables prevent almost three and a half thousand milk containers going to landfill. They’re also incredibly low maintenance and, unlike wood, they don’t need treating for the duration of their lifespan.

​Roger said: “Gardens and open spaces can be really beneficial to health and well-being.  Our site has so much outdoor potential and I see this is a first stage of opening this up for use by more staff and visitors.  A dose of fresh air can really help at times.  So why not take your lunch or break at one of our new tables?  We already have our eyes on some other areas but please use the LiA scheme and give us your ideas too.“ 

Jon added: “Our Estates team were fantastic in looking at the staff suggestions about where they should be placed. We’ve been fortunate enough to have enjoyed some very dry and warm weather since they were brought in so I hope that people have been taking advantage of them and fill their lungs with some good country air!”

To view the full gallery of photos, click here.

Year Five pupils go the extra mile for Nightingale

​A big thank to you the Year 5 children from Miss Goodwin’s class at St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School in Shirebrook, who have been getting active to raise money for the Royal's Nightingale Ward.

Every morning for a week in June the nine and ten year old children walked, ran, hopped and skipped for a mile around the school grounds, earning a whopping £477.50 in sponsorship from family and friends.

Miss Goodwin explained, “We asked all of the children to nominate a chosen charity and Charlie Oscroft nominated Nightingale. He wrote a lovely letter explaining that they’d been looking after his younger brother, Spencer, and had saved his life many times so he wanted to give something back to the people on the ward.
​“The children were really enthusiastic about it and thoroughly enjoyed being outside, in fact they wanted to carry it on which was fantastic. They say that physical activity early in the day helps with their concentration and we’ve certainly found that, and to raise such a large amount of money at the same time is wonderful.”

Charlie’s brother, Spencer, is only three years old and was born with a rare genetic condition known as ‘Xq28 Duplication Syndrome’ which affects breathing, growth and development. He has been brought onto Nightingale Ward a number of times with related conditions such as Pneumonia and Bronchitis and has undergone five operations to help with his airways.

Charlie said: “They’ve made him better each time and saved his life at least three times. When the teachers asked us to choose something that we wanted to raise money for I chose this ward because they’ve helped my brother so I wanted to help them.

Charlie’s Dad, Wayne, added: “Unfortunately for Charlie he’s ended up in hospital himself, he fell on his knee at a birthday party so he needs some keyhole surgery. It came just at the time when they were bringing in the cheque so at least he’s managed to get on the photo!

“They’ve been great here with Spencer, between here and Sheffield Children’s Hospital they’ve been fantastic and the operations he’s had have gone really well. It’s great that the school have recognised that and for Charlie to put them forward as his chosen charity just shows what it means to him and to us.”

Miss Goodwin presented the cheque along with Charlie’s school friends, 10 year old Trent and 9 year old Heidi.


Giving Breast Care a Boost

​Our Breast Care Team has been handed a cheque for £2416 thanks to the fundraising efforts of one of its former patients.

Clare Staniforth (far right, holding the cheque) was diagnosed with breast cancer in August 2011, undergoing treatment that included a Mastectomy in November of the same year, to be given the all clear by doctors five years later.

She said: “The care I received here was just fantastic and everyone did their very best to make me feel at ease. Being given such a diagnosis is absoloutely shattering but the way everybody spoke to me, talked me through my treatment and guided me through to get me to this point where I’m now free of cancer was first class and I wanted to give something back.
​“We came up with the idea of a fundraising dinner, which we held at Nonna’s in Chesterfield. It involved a three course meal and a raffle with so many fantastic prizes donated to the cause including flying lessons, first class tickets to London and afternoon tea and a 40 inch TV which was very generously donated back.

“My friends Jane Webster and Susan Grayson helped me organise the event, I got support from The Alma pub in Mosborough who raised £230 from a swear box and Nonna’s couldn’t have been more accommodating. I wanted to hold it in November to mark five years since my Mastectomy, it was a wonderful event and I’d like to thank everyone who came, supported and took part in the event for making it such a success.”

Clare talked about her experiences at the event and Joanne Doncaster, who is the Royal’s Breast Care Sister, was also invited to talk about their role in breast care and attended the event along with colleagues Ami Pashley and Emily Moulds.

Joanne added: “It’s always great to see our patients come back to us with good news further down the pathway to recovery. It’s never an easy time when you receive a diagnosis with so many different emotions, it’s hard to deal with so when we first meet these ladies it’s incredibly difficult with lots to deal with. It was an honour to be invited to speak at Clare’s charity night and I’m delighted to hear that her recovery is now complete and she looks so well.

“The money we received from donations such as this one are spent on anything that our fundraisers specify. We have some ideas for a renovation of the unit which we hope will expand the waiting area to make it more patient friendly and improve the environment. Also, technology is becoming more sophisticated all the time and if anything is identified that would help the patient experience above and beyond what we have then we can use our charitable funds.”

A big thank you to Clare and her supporters from everyone at the Royal and we look forward to hearing from her later in 2017 with plans for a follow up!!!


Making Fundraising an Art

​A local Sculptor turned her garden into an art gallery with the profits going towards the Chesterfield Royal Hospital’s Neonatal Unit.

Hannah Bennett (pictured left) opened up her garden to the public three days a week from May to October and, created an inspiring outdoor sculpture exhibition with the work of eight fother sculptors as well as her own work. She charged £2 for entry to raise funds for the unit.

Hannah said: “It was a big deal for me to open up my garden to all, after all it is a domestic garden which surrounds my home but I wanted to do something that would create an outlet for my artwork and the wonderful work of many other talented artists, and raise money for the unit which is very close to my heart.”

Hannah’s daughter was born five weeks premature in Sheffield but was brought to Chesterfield as there was a cot available. Hannah had to stay in Sheffield for two days, separated from her daughter but her partner was able to visit. This was nine years ago but the care the three of them received was not forgotten.

Hannah said: “I’d been wanting to thank them for the way they looked after us and this seemed like a great way to do it. Those two days seemed like an eternity but the way they looked after my daughter and supported us as concerned parents was a credit to the hospital. I firmly believe that our daughter wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for the care and attention she received by these incredible women.
​“It wasn’t just the way they looked after our baby, the way we felt and what we were going through emotionally was just as important to them and we were able to stay on the unit. It was three weeks before she was able to come home with us and I hope that the money raised will help to ensure that other parents with premature babies receive the same level of care.”

Hannah’s exhibition, along with the help of the other artists who together contributed around 30 sculptures, raised £500 for the unit. She intends to repeat the venture next Year with a new collection of work and some exciting new artists, once again with profits from the entrance fee going towards the Neonatal Unit.

You can see the sculptures on Hannah’s website just click here and see the section entitled ‘Sculpture Garden’.


Peddle Power helps bereaved parents

​A massive thank you to Stuart Lane and Mark Jackson who raised a phenomenal £1520 for the Birth Centre, cycling from the Scarsdale entrance to Land’s End.

Stuart (pictured left handing the cheque over to Midwifery Matron Julie Clarke and Midwife Nicole Pearson with his riding partner Mark Jackson and his partner, Sarah, suffered the heartbreak of a stillbirth when their son, Jacob, was born sleeping on New Year’s Day 2013. The Birth Centre team took them to a room, specifically set up to allow parents to spend a few precious moments with their baby, where they were able to say goodbye to Jacob.

Stuart said: “The room was fantastic and gave us the opportunity to hold Jacob which we will never forget and hold those memories very dear. We spoke to the midwives about the room and they told us that it was funded 
​almost completely through charitable funds and we were determined to, at some point in the future, give something back to ensure other parents in our situation received the same comforts.
​“We consider ourselves very fortunate that we now have a beautiful boy, Benjamin who is now a year old, and the time was right to do something that would raise funds for that special room.”

That ‘something’ was an ambitious cycle ride from outside the entrance to the Birth Centre to Land’s End with close friend and keen cyclist Mark Jackson. They wanted to avoid main roads to take a scenic route through Wales which would extend to 540 miles and take them eight days.

Stuart added: “It was an incredible experience and, though it was far from plain sailing, I would consider doing it again. Some parts were flatter than others, downhill was even better but you have to go uphill first and there were some serious hills just outside Tiverton. They were incredibly scenic and the place we stayed, Fisherman’s Cot, was right on the edge of the River Exe.

“I’ll never forget Dartmoor which was incredibly bleak with the wind and rain driving straight into us. At times we couldn’t see more than a hundred yards ahead but we couldn’t stop early because all of the hotels and pub rooms were booked. We had to come off the A38 because it was becoming too dangerous so we found a B road and soldiered on.

​“I’m not a natural cyclist but I had done quite a bit of training for this trip, including cycling ten and a half miles to work every day. It prepared me well but it certainly hurt that first day because we were doing around 70 miles a day which is more than I was used to. But it was for such a good cause and my family were staying down there for the last few days so their support, and that from Mark, carried us both through.
“It was strange when we got there because up until two miles away from Land’s End it was thick fog but suddenly the clouds made way for beautiful blue skies. It didn’t sink in that we’d done it until we were driving back, after about three hours we passed a landmark that we’d cycled by three days earlier and then it hit us about what we’d achieved and how far we’d cycled.”

The money raised will go towards the bereavement room which currently doesn’t have an official name which may be about to change.

Julie Clarke is the Matron for Midwifery, she said: “It’s known as the bereavement room but it’s never had a specific name so we’re looking into giving it a more suitable identity. It’s not so much about bereavement, it’s a place for parents to remember their baby, spend time with them and give them an identity so we want something to reflect that.

“What Steve, Mark and their families have done is just incredible and I can’t thank them enough for what they’ve done. It’s so humbling to see the efforts that people go to to raise money for us; the money will go towards the upkeep of the room and ensure that parents experiencing those tragic circumstances will continue to receive the same support.”

Refreshment packs launched thanks to chocolate donation

The Trust has launched its new hospital packs, designed to help visitors, relatives and carers experience a little more comfort if they're having to stay in hospital.

Aimed primarily at those whose loved ones are coming to the end of life and to provide comfort for them, allowing them to spend a little more precious time at their bedside, the packs are supported by the Chesterfield Royal Hospital's Charitable Funds.

Earlier this year we got a very generous donation of chocolate from a local supporter of the trust and spent several days selling the boxes to staff, visitors and organising a tombola. We raised several thousand pounds that was used to fund a number of projects including this one.
As you can see from the photos above and right, the packs contain some face and hand wipes, a comb, a toothbrush that has the bristles coated in toothpaste so that it doesn't require water or toothpaste, soap and a discount voucher for our cafe outlets.

The packs will be offered to those relatives and carers who are in the position of spending their final moments with their loved ones in hospital. 

We would like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who helped to make this possible, if you would like to donate to the hospital's charity and help to fund projects such as this one which make a huge difference to the comfort of our patients and visitors then please click here for more details.


​Eye Catching cheque from the Mayor of Chesterfield

​The Mayor of Chesterfield has given the Royal’s Eye Centre a boost with the results of his year-long fundraising appeal.

He presented a cheque for £4,000 to Chesterfield Eye Centre matron Claire Bond and her colleagues at a ceremony in the Town Hall. Councillor Barry Bingham and his wife, Mayoress Mrs June Bingham, raised a total of £12,000 which was split three ways with the Eye Centre, Nenna Kind and the Chesterfield branch of In Sight.

The Mayor has been treated for problems with his sight for some time at the Royal and dedicated his fundraising campaign to these three charities to help raise awareness of the issues that can be faced by the blind and partially sighted.

The Chesterfield Eye Centre opened in 2012 following a one year development to bring all of the ophthalmic services under one roof. The money was raised throughout the year following a series of events that culminated in a charity ball at the Proact Stadium in Chesterfield.


Rolling back the years...

​A local fundraiser has gone back to the 1940s to raise a magnificent £2,000 for cancer patient services.

Sue Young held a 40s-style street party that saw more than 100 family and friends come together to raise the money after Sue’s daughter spent 18 months receiving treatment for breast cancer on the Cavendish Suite.

Sue said: “I wanted to make sure that I raised money for something that would help to improve the experience of patients on the Unit. My daughter spent such a long time there and the team were fantastic but anything that we can do to make their experience more comfortable and more bearable has got to be a good thing.

​“I wanted to do something a bit different and people really got behind the idea of a 40s themed party. Some of the gentlemen got dressed up as
​Dad’s Army, me and three other ladies went as American Army Girls, we did lots of dancing, plenty of lovely food and drink; we all had a tremendous time. Even the weather was kind to us with brilliant sunshine; it was a very special day.”

Sue is President of the Chesterfield Scarsdale Inner Wheel and the cheque was presented by Sue on their behalf.

“The whole purpose of the group is fun, friendship and service,” she said, “and we spend quite a lot of time during the year raising money for different causes. This cheque for £2,000 is my end result and thanks to the wonderful way in which they treated my daughter I couldn’t think of more deserving recipients.”

And Sue’s story has a happy ending with her daughter recovering very well, she added: “She received her treatment in 2012 and the turnaround has been remarkable. She is in the last week of her Occupational Therapy degree and just about to hand in her dissertation. Even better than that she has got a job as an Occupational Therapist in the region, I couldn’t be happier.”

Everybody at the Royal would like to thank Sue for her generosity and wish her daughter the very best of luck with her career.


Getting their teeth into fundraising

​The ladies at Oasis Dental Care Practice have been hard at work raising £347 for our Breast Cancer Care Team.

The team held a tombola, bake sale and bake off at their practice in Bolsover on February 20th, a date they called ‘Super Saturday’.

Teresa Taylor is the Lead Nurse at the practice, she said: “We all had to do something on that day so we decided to open up the practice for our fundraiser and we had a great response. We had members of the local community bringing us cakes and buns to sell, some of the Tombola winners put the prizes back in so that we could raise more money, it was a great day and we’d like to thank everyone involved in making it such a success.

“We wanted to do something for the Breast Cancer Team at the Royal 
​because, we’re all women who work at the practice, so breast cancer is something that affects us all either directly or indirectly. It’s something that will always be on our minds and the more we can raise to help the women who need to use the service, the better.”

Joanne Doncaster is one of our Breast Care Nurse Practitioners, she said: “We’re always extremely grateful for any donations and would like to thank everyone at Oasis Dental Care Practice for their considerable efforts.

“We use donations such as these to help improve the surroundings, for example this garden within which we’ve had our photograph taken today, bits of kit for our MRI or CT Scanners and additional training. It’s for things above and beyond our usual budget which we feel would make a difference to those people who we treat and care for.”

Pictured from left to right, Healthcare Assistants Ami Pashley and Rebecca Gipson on the back row, Breast Care Nurse Practitioner Joanne Doncaster, Practice Manager Becky Newton, Lead Nurse at Oasis Dental Care Practice Teresa Taylor and Breast Cancer Nurse Practitioner Emily Moulds.


Coffee Shop brings in the pounds

Thank you very much to Stephensons Tea and Coffee House and their customers who raised £316, split equally between the trust's Cancer Services Charitable Fund and Nenna Kind.

Claire Wood (pictured centre) organised the event which saw the shop, instead of charging for cups of tea and coffee on 3rd December 2015 asked for a donation. It meant our cancer services team received £158 which is a fantastic effort .

The Trust's Volunteer Services Manager, Richard Ball, (pictured second from right) accepted the donation from Claire Wood of Stephensons (centre) in January 2016.

Thank you very much to everyone at Stephensons and their customers.

Putting the 'Tee' in Charity!

A huge thank you to Tapton Park Golf Club who raised a well above par £1,390 for Nightingale ward, their nominated charity. The Seniors spent the year holding a number of different events and fundraising activities and Team Captain Ken Baker handed over to the cheque to our Play Team Leader Jenny Reaney who visited the club in April.


Booking a place on our charity page!

For many people, working and visiting the hospital on a Wednesday, it's a ritual to take five minutes out to go down to the Information Point and look for a good read.

Affectionately referred to as 'The Book Stall', the ladies (including Margaret and Dierdre, pictured right) can be found surrounded by hundreds of books, encyclopaedia and the odd DVD that have been donated to help raise money for the Royal's cancer services.

The ladies have been running the stall for around 14 years and, although an exact sum is unknown, they have raised an amazing £18,000 since April 2011.

If you have any unwanted condition that are clean and in good condition, then you can drop them off on any Wednesday, in fact many people buy a book (most are priced at around £1.50) to donate it back, buy a new one and the cycle continues.

Thank you once again for your support ladies!

Mayor visits Eye Centre as part of his charity appeal

​The Mayor of Chesterfield paid a visit to the Chesterfield Eye Centre after making it one of his three charitable causes during his time in office.

Councillor Barry Bingham has been Mayor of Chesterfield since 20th May and has a special interest in our Eye Centre and Sight Support Derbyshire, that has an office within the Eye Centre, due to being blind in one eye and partially sighted in the other.

He and his wife, Mayoress Mrs June Bingham, were given a tour of the centre by Eye Centre Matron Claire Bond where he saw the paediatric area, diabetic retinopathy, the photography suite, eye testing area and the Sight Support Derbyshire offices.

​The Mayor reiterated his support before visiting the ‘Celebrating Our Success’ event where the Ophthalmic team also had a stand.
The Eye Centre was opened in 2012 following a one year redevelopment of the old space vacated by Cavendish Suite, bringing together all ophthalmic services under one roof. Previously the services were spread into different areas of the Trust, even having bases in the town centre meaning that some patients had to visit different areas of the hospital to receive treatment

If you would like to find out more about the Mayor, Mayoress and their charitable appeal then click here.


​​Former patient raises thousands from annual jumble sale

​It’s always a pleasure to see a former patient in good health but in Shirley Goodall’s case her latest visit came with a nice surprise.

Shirley was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 1995 and had a mastectomy the following month, beginning her chemotherapy in December. The treatment finished a year later in September 1996 and it was around this time that she decided to give something back.

She said: “We wanted to organise a fun day which happened at the end of August 1996 in Rowsley School but the element that was really successful and seemed to capture people’s imagination was the Jumble Sale. We raised more than £1,000 during that first one so decided to carry on with it along with the afternoon tea and tombola which didn’t take quite as much organising as some of the other parts.
​“We’ve been doing one every year that takes place from 1.30pm on the first Saturday in November at Rowsley Village Hall. We get people asking about it as soon as the most recent one has ended and people donate or buy items to bring to the sale throughout the year. It’s a fantastic day and everyone has such good fun; there’s a real buzz about the place and it’s great to know that we’re all having fun whilst raising money for a good cause.”

​Since then Shirley and her friends have helped to raise more than £11,000 that they know about and will be holding this year’s jumble sale on Saturday 7th November.

“We just enjoy doing it and the care and attention that I received at the Chesterfield Royal’s breast care unit has been superb. It may well be more because I didn’t keep the receipts from previous events. Coming back today it’s like seeing old friends and it’s such a calming and homely environment that you don’t always get in other hospitals; I’ve always wanted to come back here for any treatment in the future.”

The team invited her to say thank you with a few cakes, buns and a cup of tea by way of thanks for almost 20 years and £11,000 of dedicated fundraising. A huge thank you to Shirley for all of her efforts on behalf of everyone at the Royal

Shirley is pictured above (front row, second from right) with members of the breast care team and her friends on the back row Carol Hempstead (far right), Susan Sellers (second from right), Janet Goodwin (third from left) and Diana Burgess (second from left).
le throughout the year. It’s a fantastic day and everyone has such good fun; there’s a real buzz about the place and it’s great to know that we’re all having fun whilst raising money for a good cause.”


Local Tesco cheers up our young patients

​The staff from the local Tesco Extra store in Clay Cross came together to collect a staggering 265 toys for the Nightingale Ward at Chesterfield Royal Hospital. All Tesco stores were given a task to collect toys for their local children’s hospital/ward and the Clay Cross store certainly embraced the task 100%.

Dawn Wilson from Tesco, Clay Cross: “I jumped at the chance when our store manager asked for someone to champion the collection. My daughter was admitted to Nightingale Ward for a few months so I know first-hand what a fantastic job they do and the way in which all of the team care for the children, taking every opportunity to make a child feel better or smile. When my daughter had been on the ward a group had come in dressed as characters from Frozen© and handed out gifts to all of the children. The smile that gave my daughter was priceless and I knew we really needed to get behind this collection and do our part.
​Children go in to hospital poorly and often frightened and I wanted our team to do our bit to help cheer those children up and make their stay as happy as the team had made my daughter when she was with them. The team on Nightingale Ward really deserve recognition for the fantastic work they do, not just from the hospital but from the whole community. A big thank you to the Nightingale team from all of us here at Tesco, Clay Cross!”

​Jenny Reaney, Play Specialist Team Leader said: “Staff at Tesco, Clay Cross have done incredibly well to collect so many toys for us, there is a great range of things for all ages. We can use some in our playroom, use them as presents and rewards for our patients and also send some to other areas of the hospital for their play areas. Donations like this make a massive difference, Thank you so much for all your hard work collecting them!”

If you would like to find out more about how you can get involved with supporting Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity please contact Emily Woodward on 01246 516332 or by emailing


Second Annual Stroke Garden Party a huge success

The stroke team raised more than £300 during what was an incredibly successful, second annual garden party.

The team organised the event, supported by Sainsbury's Chesterfield, including a tombola, raffle and a cake stall featuring some impressive home made baking from the multi-disciplinary team which was attended by staff, patients and former visitors with their carers and families.

They also sold 'Stroke Blooms' (see below) which were crocheted by patients on the ward and sold for £1, all money from which goes towards the stroke unit via Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity.

Lindsay Millward is the stroke unit Activites Co-ordinator, she said: "The Stroke Blooms are fantastic because you only need one hand to do it so it works as a wonderful form of therapy for many of our patients. We had a 
wonderful response from everybody there and hope it'll be an initiative that'll really take off.

"There were also cards that were made by the patients and everybody had a fantastic time. Luckily the weather held off as well and I think the patients who were there got a lot out of the day so a big thank you to everybody involved in organising and supporting our party." 
Above: The Sainsbury's crew, thank you for supporting the event!

Left: The party in full swing!!!


Mayor of Chesterfield's Appeal - The Chesterfield Eye Centre

Tuesday 28th July – bottle tombola at the Chesterfield Medieval Market - if anyone would like to make a donation for the bottle tombola please contact us (bottles can include alcohol, shampoo, bubble bath, perfume, soft drinks – anything; but perhaps not cleaning products as this would be a bit sad for the winner!) 
​The 375th Mayor of Chesterfield has selected to support our Eye Centre as part of his Fundraising Appeal during his year in office. Cllr Barry Bingham will be supporting the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Eye Centre, Sight Support Derbyshire and Nenna Kind for the next 12 months through a whole range of fundraising activities including:

Thursday 23 July – Quiz night with ‘pie and peas’ super at The Wellington Hotel in New Whittington
​Sunday 13th September - Trip to the National Arboretum with pick-up from Staveley at 8.45am. Cost is £15 to include transport and buffet. Please contact us directly if you are interested in more information about this trip.
Thursday 29th October - Bargain Hunt and Bric-a-Brac stall at the Market Festival with The Mayor and his wife, Mrs June Bingham, leading the teams. Donations of bric-a-brac for the stall are greatly welcomed, please contact us directly and we will arrange collection. so-fareast-language:EN-US;mso-bidi-language:AR-SA'>Thursday 29th October - Bargain Hunt and Bric-a-Brac stall at the Market Festival with The Mayor and his wife, Mrs June Bingham, leading the teams. Donations of bric-a-brac for the stall are greatly welcomed, please contact us directly and we will arrange collection.
The Eye Centre, a £2million development, opened in June 2012 and brought all Ophthalmic services together under one roof. Before the build, services were spread across outpatient suites 3 and 10 as well as off site at the old Saltergate building.

More Council Support

A big thank you to Councillor Ann Holmes, Chair of North East Derbyshire District Council, who has chosen to support the Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity with monies pledged to the cancer services that will be part of the multi-million pound Chesterfield Royal Macmillan Cancer Centre development.

You can find out more about why Councillor Holmes has decided to support our Charity by visiting her page, just click here for more.

Saturday September 5th
Councillor Holmes will host  a bucket collection in Chesterfield Town Centre. if you would like to get involved and support the collection in any way on the day, please contact the Trust's Community Charitable Fundraiser by email on

Perfect Pictures and Prose

​You can pick up a copy of Ann’s book at the flower shop in the Royal’s main entrance for £9.95, half of which goes to the charitable funds. For further queries you can call Ann on 01246 229610 or email
​Ann Bateman has turned her passion for photography into a fundraising venture by producing a book pf poetry featuring her eye for a good picture.

‘My Love of Birds’ contains 130 pages of poems and photography by Ann, the proceeds of which go towards the Royal’s charitable funds in support of the Trust’s cancer services projects.

Ann said: “A friend of mine wrote eighteen poems and they were beautiful, it inspired me to take some photographs to accompany them. I wanted to turn it into a book but I initially shelved the idea until last year when I took the decision to write some of my own and complete it and commit it to print.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed putting this together and almost all of the photographs I’ve taken have been done locally in the Derbyshire area with some in Yorkshire, Norfolk and the Farne Islands. There is one section which features some photographs that I took of Hummingbirds in California but other than that they’re all very much British.”

Ann has done a number of book signings, the latest of which took place at Stephensons Tea and Coffee House who were kind enough to accommodate her for a beautiful summer’s morning in June.

“The book has done very well,” added Ann. “I’m on my second print run already and I’m very grateful to Claire who owns Stephensons to let me sell my books there. I wanted to do something for the Royal’s charitable funds, particularly cancer services as I’ve been greatly affected by it, not directly but certainly in terms of family and friends and it is a very worthy cause.”

The new Green Gym goes live!

The Royal has taken delivery and installed its new 'Green Gym', paid for through our charitable funds.

The gym can be found next to the relaxation garden at the back of the hospital by the new wards and features four pieces of equipment to help give you a comprehensive workout.

It was installed after a number of suggestions from recent Your Voice and staff surveys about a gym but, with space within the walls of the hospital at a premium and the growing popularity of outdoor gyms in local parks, the green gym was chosen.

Members of staff were given the chance to comment on what pieces of equipment they at 'Celebrating Our Success' in October 2014 and the picture opposite is the end result.

The gym cost just under £12,000 to buy and install.

Scarsdale Inner Wheel

​The newly appointed president of Chesterfield Scarsdale Inner Wheel, Sue Young, has selected to support Chesterfield Royal Hospital Charity as her chosen Charity of the Year with monies pledged to cancer services. Sue has a very busy year ahead with lots of events and activities planned which we will keep you updated on throughout the year.