Love Your Hospital buys new listening aids for patients

Love Your Hospital buys new listening aids for patients

Love Your Hospital provides assistive listening aids to patients, visitors and staff across St Richard’s, Worthing, and Southlands Hospitals.

Assistive listening aids are now available to patients, visitors and staff across Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust due to funding from the Trust’s dedicated charity, Love Your Hospital.

Deafness can affect a person’s ability to communicate properly and patients with hearing loss can often feel stressed trying to engage in a healthcare setting. According to research from Action on Hearing Loss, 1 in 6 people in the UK are affected by hearing loss with more than 90% of over 80 years-old experiencing some form of deafness.

Many patients surveyed in hospitals around the UK reported that they did not fully understand what staff were saying to them when accessing healthcare services. A further 43% of patients felt that, as a result, they were not fully involved in decision-making regarding their care. NHS staff also surveyed noted difficulties when speaking to patients suffering from hearing loss.

(Corporate & Community Officer for Love Your Hospital, Kay Phillips presents
John Price from the Worthing PALS team with one of the Duett listening aids)

Amanda Tucker, Head of Charity for Love Your Hospital said: “The charity’s goal is to support funding where there is a clear and direct benefit to the patient and we’re always looking for ways to support the Trust in transforming hospital services for the better. Providing assistive listening aids reduces the frustration felt by patients and staff when communication isn’t as effective as it could be and reduces the possibility of error in interpreting and delivering an individual’s care needs.”

The Trust has been trialling assistive listening aids that would allow staff to effectively and positively communicate with patients. As a result, the new easy to use Duett personal listening aids have been purchased by Love Your Hospital and are available to borrow from the PALS services at both St Richard’s and Worthing Hospitals, with another unit in the Outpatients Department available at Southlands Hospital.

In addition to the Duett personal assistive listening aid, the Trust also has two portable digital loop systems which can be used for training, meetings and other events where participants may have a hearing loss.

Charity glamour ball raises thousands for new eye care centre of excellence

Charity glamour ball raises thousands for new eye care centre of excellence

Love Your Hospital’s Eyeconic Ball raises more than £27,000 for new a new state-of-the-art eye care unit opening at Southlands Hospital in Shoreham in June 2017.


St Richard’s Eye Clinic Team Cycle to Success!

St Richard’s Eye Clinic Team Cycle to Success!

A six-woman strong team from St Richard’s Ophthalmology unit took on the London to Brighton 2017 Bike Ride in June triumphantly crossing the finish line after seven hours in the saddle.


Kelly Manderson, Lisa Manderson, Sandra Walker, Hannah Woolgar, Patricia Nicolasora and Amanda Bolt took part in the cycle challenge in aid of Love Your Hospital to raise funds for clinical equipment needed on the eye care unit. They joined more than 15,000 cyclists in the annual event, covering a 54 mile route from Clapham Common to Brighton sea front, in scorching temperatures as high as 30 degrees Celsius.

Kelly said: “We got underway early at 5 am, enduring two punctures and one broken gear shank along the way so it was quite eventful. We were also cycling in pretty extreme heat, but it felt a great team achievement to complete the ride for our St Richard’s patients, some of whom cheered us from the side lines at various points along the route.”

Now in its 42nd year, the London to Brighton Bike Ride is British Heart Foundation’s flagship event and Europe’s oldest charity cycling event. Over the years it has seen hundreds of thousands of cyclists pedalling over 41million miles.

The team raised more than £200 and donations are still being gratefully received at

Local dad rows into the record books for children’s ward

Local dad rows into the record books for children’s ward

A determined father of two has broken the world record for longest continuous indoor row and raised more than £3000 for Love Your Hospital.


Neal Marsh, 48, of Littlehampton, vowed never to put himself through the torment of training and sleep deprivation again after first breaking the world record of rowing non-stop for 80 hours in 2014.

On hearing the title had been broken by a 20-year-old German man by one hour and one minute, Neal pledged to take on the challenge again for Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, in aid of a new respirator for the Bluefin children’s ward at Worthing Hospital.

Neal set up camp inside Worthing Hospital and started rowing at 9am on Monday 10th April officially breaking the record on Thursday 13th at 6pm. He then carried on to officially log a final time of 83 hours.

Afterwards Neal said: “This row was harder than the last one. I was battling a cold and the first two nights of rowing were more difficult than I had anticipated. We struggled to get the nutrition right at first, but with a great team around me, I managed to keep going.”

“Towards the end, I was physically wrecked and had a few moments where I wasn’t sure I could carry on. I had a mental block of about two hours on the last day and when I came round an hour before breaking the record, I kept asking what I was doing rowing in the hospital and why there were lots of people around me!”

Neal’s mum, Janet, who was present to see her son break the record said “I was a little worried about him towards the end. He was talking in whispers and clearly quite disorientated, but he did it and I’m so very proud of him.”

Visited by patients and staff at the hospital who stopped by to donate and offer him words of encouragement, Neal was also joined by the Chief Executive of the trust, Marianne Griffiths who accompanied him on the backup rower in a show of support.

Neal said: “Raising the money for the respirator has been a wonderful achievement, but I’ve also felt emotional about how everyone at Worthing Hospital got behind me. Some people came through regularly to see how I was doing and I felt a real sense of community during this challenge.”

The Worthing Rowing Club member is no stranger to taking on extreme challenges. In December 2013, Neal was skipper for the Team Atlantic Splash Crew who attempted the Talisker Whisky Atlantic Challenge – the world’s toughest rowing race. Sadly, their craft was damaged in a storm and the team had to be rescued five days in to the event.

Becky Holcroft, Paediatric Matron, said: “The paediatric department are so very grateful that Neal undertook this incredible challenge of rowing for four days to raise money for Bluefin ward. Our patients and staff on the ward would like to congratulate and thank Neal on this amazing achievement.”

Amanda Tucker, Head of Love Your Hospital, said: “Neal’s dedication to this challenge has been phenomenal. He really captured the hearts of our patients, staff and visitors who cheered him on from the side lines. The funds raised will enable our children’s ward to buy a new respirator which will be a real benefit to patient care in the future. We’re so thankful to Neal and everyone involved who made this special challenge possible.”

JSPC Computer Services, Freedom Leisure, Storm Fitness Academy Ltd, Simmons Signs and Protectfully sponsored Neal’s world record attempt.

To make a donation to Neal’s fundraising page, visit

Children drive the world’s smallest Rolls-Royce to theatre!

Children drive the world’s smallest Rolls-Royce to theatre!

The Rolls-Royce SRH was hand-built especially for the hospital’s Paediatric Day Surgery Unit after the NHS trust’s dedicated charity Love Your Hospital approached the luxury car manufacturer for support. Going for an operation can be daunting for younger patients and staff do all they can to make it a fun experience and, at St Richard’s, children have enjoyed the distraction of driving a toy car to surgery for years.

But their old jeep was tired so when a very special mini Rolls-Royce arrived at its new home this week it was an instant hit with children, families and staff alike.

St Richard’s patient, Hari Rajyaguru in the driver’s seat with Love Your Hospital,
trust Chief Executive, Marianne Griffiths, Children’s Day Surgery staff and the team from Rolls-Royce

“It’s wonderful seeing a smiley face on the way to theatre, rather than an apprehensive one, and everyone caring for children at St Richard’s is so grateful to Rolls-Royce for this unique donation,” said paediatric matron Sue Nicholls.

Amanda Tucker, head of charity at Love Your Hospital, said: “We asked Rolls-Royce Motor Cars at Goodwood if they could help us replace an old scale car in the children’s unit but we never expected to receive such an incredible gift.

The company’s employees volunteered hundreds of hours of their own time to hand-build this remarkable electric vehicle which will delight boys and girls coming to hospital for treatment.”

Eight-year-old Molly Matthews and seven-year-old Hari Rajyaguru, both patients at St Richard’s, welcomed the car to its new home, one week after its official unveiling at the home of Rolls-Royce Motor Cars, near Chichester.

Molly who attends Southborne Junior School said: “I felt like a princess driving the car – it’s really amazing and I think it will make other children who are having treatment feel much better.”

Hari’s mum, Asmita, said: “Without the team at St Richard’s, Hari wouldn’t have survived Leukaemia and just as the nurses at St Richard’s do all they can to help children have a positive experience, this car will also be a wonderful distraction for the children. They will forget their pain and this will make their hospital visit memorable for the right reasons.”

The children’s services at St Richard’s are rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission, with inspectors commending staff for being “unfailingly kind”.  The new Rolls-Royce SRH will help the children’s care team further enhance the hospital experience for sick children.

Marianne Griffiths, chief executive, of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “Just like the joy it will bring to our young patients, the Rolls-Royce SRH is simply priceless. It is a very special gift and one of the most wonderful donations ever received by Love Your Hospital, our trust’s dedicated charity.

“On behalf of everyone at Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Rolls-Royce Motor Cars and especially the small team who volunteered so much of their own time in support of St Richard’s Hospital in Chichester and the children we care for.”