A nurse from Selsey has adorned the outside of her house and front garden in Christmas decorations to mark the launch of a local hospital charity’s Christmas gift appeal.
Sarah Munday, 42, a dementia nurse at St Richard’s Hospital, has covered her place of residence with candy canes, reindeers, icicles and a 6ft Nutcracker figure to show support for Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The Christmas Gift appeal is calling on the local community to donate online and enable the charity to provide presents for patients staying in hospital over the festive period.
The Munday family, based in Marine Drive, have become known locally for elaborately dressing their house each Christmas and attracting a lot of attention. As part of the gift appeal, they’re asking admirers of their hard work to kindly make a donation in the red post box in the front garden to support dementia care.
Sarah said: “We started decorating the house about ten years ago after moving from Bognor into a bigger property. It takes us three weekends to put everything up inside and out, but Christmas is such a magical time of year that we believe it’s truly worth the effort and we wanted to support the hospital’s charity too.”
With the help of her husband, Ruben, 50, and daughters Lucie, 17 and Jennifer, 19, Sarah has put up so many festive lights, local fisherman claim to be able to see the decorations illuminating the night’s sky two miles out to sea.
She added: “One year, we decided to go away to Australia for Christmas and returned home to complaints from locals that we didn’t stay to do up the house!”
Love Your Hospital has placed a Santa’s sleigh outside the Spice of Life restaurant in St Richard’s Hospital for people who want to donate a present for a patient. Those interested in supporting the appeal should get in touch with the charity office for guidance on appropriate gifts to buy.
Kerry Brunnen, play therapist for the children’s ward at St Richard’s Hospital said: “Although nursing staff do their very best to make this time of year as warm and welcoming as possible, hospital is the last place anyone wants to be over Christmas. Children just want to be at home opening presents with their family. We appreciate a donation of any sum which could help us buy our youngest patients a gift to really lift their spirits.”
A donation of £10 could provide a sensory toy for a child, £15 could buy an iTunes voucher for a teenage patient and £20 could provide a toiletry and slipper gift set for an elderly patient. As part of the appeal, Love Your Hospital is also asking local companies to get involved by holding a ‘festive fashion day’ for staff to help raise funds on Wednesday 19th December
Amanda Tucker, head of the charity, said: “Sarah has really got our Christmas Gift Appeal off to a fantastic start! We really hope the local community will get behind our mission to give patients staying in hospital over the festive period the gift of happiness this Christmas. We also encourage everyone to take part in our Festive Fashion Day too. It’s a really fun way to come together and support our local hospitals at this very special time of year.”
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.”
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 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.