NHS surgeons to take on 100 mile cycle challenge

NHS surgeons to take on 100 mile cycle challenge

Consultant Urological Surgeons from St Richard’s Hospital, Worthing Hospital and West Sussex Urology LLP are vowing to take on a gruelling 100 mile bike ride in a bid to boost urology services for local patients.

The challenge, which will support Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust, will aim to hit a fundraising target of £100,000 to provide new equipment to improve diagnosis of urological cancers and other specialist urological conditions such as blood in the urine or patients at risk of prostate cancer.

The Urology department sees more than 150 outpatients every week

Mrs Suzie Venn, Clinical Director for Urology and Consultant Urological Surgeon said:
“As a group we are keen to raise funds to allow us to improve the services we provide to our local population. A dedicated centre will allow quicker diagnosis and better for service for the patients of west Sussex.

The NHS colleagues will join 15,000 cyclists on 23 September at the world-famous Goodwood Motor Circuit in Chichester for the start of the first ever Vélo South, a major new 100-mile closed road sportive for the UK.

The team will ride through Goodwood Estate and into the West Sussex countryside, passing hamlets and villages filled with cheering spectators. After experiencing the panoramic views and unrivalled beauty of the South Downs National Park, a grandstand finish awaits back at the Goodwood Motor Circuit.

Mrs Venn added: “I am extremely proud of my colleagues for kicking off our fundraising with such a challenging event. Everyone who donates will be making a real difference to patients needing urological healthcare in our local area.”

Amanda Tucker, Head of Charity for Love Your Hospital said: “It’s heart-warming and inspirational when our staff fundraise in aid of our hospitals and the patients they care for. We’re incredibly lucky to have such dedicated team players within the urology team at Western Sussex Hospitals Foundation Trust and they have set themselves a fantastic challenge. On behalf of the charity team and the Trust, I’d like to say a big thank you to them all for supporting local patients and we wish them the very best of luck.”

Local MP’s join hospital charity to celebrate the NHS at 70

Local MP’s join hospital charity to celebrate the NHS at 70

Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex NHS Foundation Trust, gifted every patient at Worthing and St Richard’s Hospitals a slice of birthday cake on Thursday 5th July to celebrate the 70th birthday of the National Health Service.

Joined by local Conservative MPs Tim Loughton for East Worthing and Shoreham and Gillian Keegan for Chichester, patients received a goody bag from the charity with cake and a piece of fruit kindly donated by Nature’s Way.

Mr Loughton visited elderly patients on Broadwater Ward and mothers with new babies at Worthing Hospital, while Gillian met with patients and staff on Middleton Ward and spent time with young patients and their families on Howard Ward.

Gillian heard from patient Denise Dale who has been a resident of Bognor Regis for 40 years. Describing the importance of having free healthcare, she said: “The NHS and St Richard’s Hospital mean everything to my family. It’s so very important to all of us.”

After chatting with patients and their families, Tim joined the midwives for their 70th birthday tea party while looking at memorabilia including older style uniforms and historic photographs.

Juliette Pheelan, Senior Midwifery Manager said: “It was a wonderful day and we thoroughly enjoyed the time Mr Loughton spent with us during his visit.”

Kerry Brunnen, Children’s Play Leader at St Richard’s Hospital said: “We were thrilled to welcome Gillian to Howard Ward to celebrate this
very special occasion. She spent time with the children and their parents which was a real treat for everyone. A big thank you to Love Your Hospital for giving patients a boost on this milestone birthday with a lovely slice of cake!”

The charity has also been promoting the national ‘Big7Tea’ campaign calling on local communities to get together, raise a cuppa and hold their very own tea party throughout the year to support local NHS Charities and thank local hospital staff for all their hard work.

On the importance of supporting NHS charities, Tim Loughton said: “Love Your Hospital really compliments the work that hospital staff do by raising money to make sure they can give patients even better care and those extra special things that make people’s stay here  at Worthing Hospital much more comfortable. I want to say a big thanks to Love Your Hospital for making a great difference to patient care.”

Gillian added: “Today I’ve met a number of patients who remember a time before the NHS was there to provide free healthcare to all. They described a world where infant mortality was high and people died from preventable diseases. It was an important reminder of how much our NHS has done to improve the health of all of us and how we must always treat it as a vital and precious service.”

Amanda Tucker, Head of Charity for Love Your Hospital said: “It was a privilege and an honour to share such a special day with Tim. Our staff and patients were delighted to be visited by our esteemed guest as his  gifted a piece of birthday cake to help both with the celebrations and with raising awareness of  the Love Your Hospital 70th birthday fundraising campaign the ‘Big7Tea’. We really want to encourage the local community to get behind the campaign, get baking and help us as we raise vital funds for Worthing Hospital.”

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 www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rowing4health