Charity News


Family’s donation to help bereaved parents

Local couple donate a cuddle cot to the Labour Ward at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

The cuddle cot has been donated by Colin and Joanne Lee in memory of their baby Rosa. Sadly Rosa was stillborn in January 2017 and since, Colin and Joanne have fundraised tirelessly to help other families and the ward that cared for them.

Cuddle cots, which cost £1,500, enable parents to spend valuable time with their babies after the birth. As they are transportable it means parents can use the cot to keep their stillborn baby at home prior to the funeral if they wish.

On Friday 10th November Colin and Joanne visited The Royal Oldham Hospital to present their kind donation to appreciative staff on the labour ward.

Bereavement Midwife Sue Brierley said; ‘Rosa stayed with her mummy and daddy for three precious days and they will always be grateful for this time with her. This cuddle cot will enable parents to do the same. It is a wonderful asset to the labour ward and our care of bereaved parents. We are extremely proud of all Joanne and Colin have done to help other parents at this sad time.’

The Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity are so grateful to the couple and to all those who have generously supported them in their fundraising. Colin and Joanne have also given money towards transport baskets for babies and are continuing to raise funds for an anatomical fridge so babies can be kept on the labour ward rather than going to the hospital mortuary.

All in pink for the charity Pink Promenade

Local people of all ages joined together to walk in support of the Victoria Breast Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.  

The Pink Promenade is a leisurely charity walk around Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough organised by Link4Pink. The event took place on Sunday 17 September, raising awareness and funds for the Link4Pink charity appeal to support the Victoria Breast Unit which serves Oldham and Rochdale patients.

Patients, families and friends put on fun pink outfits to complete the 2.5 mile route around the lake, raising much needed funds for the cause. This year there were even pet dogs taking part wearing special Link4Pink customised neckerchiefs.

The Link4Pink committee were delighted with the support and dedication of so many people who took part, and very grateful to Littleborough Rugby Club who made the Pink Promenade possible by once again generously provided use of their clubhouse. Rugby Club President David Rawlinson and his wife, along with the Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Ian Duckworth, his wife Mrs Catherine Duckworth, and MP Tony Lloyd attended on the day to meet participants and highlight the positive work of the charity.

Consultant Oncoplastic Breast Surgeon Maria Bramley said; ‘I am delighted to continue to be involved with the work of the Link 4 Pink Charity. The sponsored walk around Hollingworth Lake provides an opportunity for young and old alike to come together to raise money for the little extras in the care of breast patients at Pennine.  Many patients past and present participated again this year, and it is heart-warming to see ladies recovering from their treatment and getting on with life!’

For furthering information or to make a donation to the Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity’s Link4Pink appeal please visit our website or email



CBRE Manchester’s story - Fundraising for the Floyd Unit 

CBRE Manchester began raising money this year for Think Floyd in support of our colleague, Kirsty, who is currently on the road to recovery residing at the Floyd Unit.  So far we have raised over £2,200 from various events.  We have received a tremendous amount of support in all our fundraising efforts and would like to thank everyone who has helped us contribute to this worthy cause. 

We had a great turnout at the Manchester 10k in May with all runners sporting Think Floyd T-shirts and raising over £1,800.  Whilst some people ran to raise money…others bought cake! The office has held two bake sales which proved very popular raising £263.  We have also held sweepstakes on the Grand National and Eurovision raising nearly £74.

The fundraising is set to continue with CBRE’s annual charity quiz and auction night in October.  Think Floyd is this year’s chosen charity and we expect the night to be a great success!

Think Floyd Charity Fund

The Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity’s Think Floyd appeal supports the Floyd Unit - a neuro-rehabilitation unit at Birch Hill Hospital, Rochdale. Established in 2008 by Gordon Desser in memory of his wife Gill Desser, the appeal has funded building work to completely refurbish an internal courtyard and helped to purchase medical equipment and comfort items for the patients and relatives on the unit.

Pedalling for patients on Rochdale Infirmary’s Oasis Unit

Lee Harkness is cycling from John O’Groats to Lands End in aid of the Oasis Unit at Rochdale Infirmary.

The gruelling challenge will see Lee and his two friends make the journey across England over nine days, riding more than 100 miles a day. Setting off on Monday 24 July from John O’Groats, the money he is raising is to go towards the Oasis Unit garden which currently only exists on the form of an outside space and needs a full renovation, including building work.

The Oasis Unit cared for Lee’s Nan this year and as a Healthcare professional himself he was very impressed with the care that was delivered in the new unit and how the staff engage with their patients. Appreciating how important outside space is to the patients care for on the Oasis Unit, Lee is really keen to see this outside space developed to further enhance the hospital experience for this patient group at Rochdale.

Your support to help Lee reach his target would make a real difference and be greatly appreciated. You can make a donation quickly and securely by visiting Lee’s JustGiving page -


An 80’s disco raises funds for children’s ward at North Manchester General Hospital 

A family from Blackley have once again brought joy to young patients by donating toys and crafts to the Children’s Ward at North Manchester General Hospital.

In 2013 little girl Abbi Holland’s life changed forever when she was admitted to hospital. Since, her family have shown their appreciation for the care given by organising numerous fundraising events.

Abbi, who was three years old at the time, fell at school and cut her knee. The cut wasn’t cleaned properly which caused an infection. She was rushed to North Manchester General Hospital where she spent the next four months, later being transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for scans which revealed the infection from the cut had caused her aortic valve to leak.

Struggling to fight the infection, Abbi suffered severe reactions to the antibiotics that doctors tried. Eventually she was stabilised and moved to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where her parents, Caroline and David, were told that one day she would need surgery to repair the damage that had been done.

Last year, scans found another leak in Abbi’s heart, and January 2017 she underwent open heart surgery to repair the damaged valve. Thankfully Abbi, now seven, has recovered well, but will be on medication for the rest of her life and will require further operations on her heart in the future.

The family’s latest event to support children’s ward at North Manchester General Hospital took place in April. The 80’s disco charity night was held at Lightbowne Social Club on Kenyon Lane. When speaking about the event mum, Caroline and dad, David said, "It was another successful charity night to put smiles on the children's faces whilst in hospital."

The fun filled family event raised enough funds to stock the children’s ward with toys and crafts to entertain young patients of all ages. Abbi visited the ward with her mum and dad to deliver the huge donation, adding, "I just want the children in hospital to be happy whilst playing with the toys.”

Following Abbi being admitted to hospital, Caroline and Dave launched a campaign which had national coverage to raise awareness of the importance of basic first aid to make sure no child, or adult, ends up having to endure what Abbi has been through. Their hard work in raising awareness has recently been recognised by St John’s Ambulance as they have now been nominated for Everyday Hero awards.

The Trust’s Charitable Fundraising Co-ordinator, Shelley Owen said, “I appreciate the time and effort that goes into organising events such as this and I am pleased their 80’s disco was such a success. Over recent years Caroline and David have gone above and beyond to give something back to the Children’s Ward that cared for Abbi. Their continued support has meant many young patients have been able to play and get creative whilst on the ward, making their stay in hospital less daunting.”

New equipment offers latest techniques to breast patients thanks to Link4Pink charity

Thanks to donations and fundraising to the Link4Pink charitable fund, the Breast Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital has received new equipment which has transformed the way patients are treated.

A new EnCor Enspire vacuum has been purchased for the unit and presented to members of the breast cancer clinical team.

The equipment is an assisted biopsy device which is designed to perform minimally invasive large volume tissue sampling or excision of some breast lesions under local anaesthesia, without the need for the patient having to undergo a surgical procedure under general anaesthetic.

The procedure is performed under imaging guidance meaning that sampling is done in real time, thus ensuring accurate targeting of the area under investigation.

Consultant Radiographer and Breast Imaging Service Manager, Alison Darlington said: “We at the Breast Unit at PAHT are very grateful to the Link4Pink charity for purchasing this equipment for us and allowing us to give our patients access to the latest techniques in Breast Imaging.”

Link4Pink was set up in 2008 to raise much needed funds for the Victoria Breast Unit at the hospital and over the years has received generous support with many members of the local community who organise fun fundraising events for the cause. Donations continue to make a vital difference in enhancing the care and facilities provided for breast patients. If you would like to support the work of Link4Pink by making a donation, please visit our website or contact the Trust’s Charity Office at or 0161 908 4497.

 NHS Retirement Fellowship members get knitting for babies at North Manchester General Hospital 

The Neonatal Unit at North Manchester General Hospital were delighted to receive a visit from members of the NHS Retirement Fellowship North Manchester branch recently when they delivered a large donation of knitting.

The NHS Retirement Fellowship North Manchester branch, which is open to retired healthcare workers from all disciplines, meets every third Tuesday of the month to enjoy a variety of activities and events. The hand knitted items made by the group included colourful blankets, hats and tiny cardigans. During their visit the Retirement Fellowship members met nursing staff and took a tour of the unit with Matron Louise Boswell.

Shelley Owen, Charitable Fundraising Co-ordinator said, “We are so grateful for this kind donation from the members of the North Manchester Branch. These beautifully made items will make such a difference, bringing comfort to the babies and their families being cared for on the Neonatal Unit. It was a pleasure to welcome some of the members to the hospital and hear all about the fellowship. On behalf of the Trust, may I once again thank the members for considering the unit in this special way.”

Trust launches Blood Counts charity fund

The Mayor of Oldham Councillor Derek Heffernan joined staff, patients and volunteers at The Royal Oldham Hospital’s Haematology Unit to officially launch the hospital’s new Blood Counts charity fund.

Raising money for the unit, which is housed on Ward F11 at the hospital, the fund will be used to purchase additional equipment and enhancements to facilities to assist staff at The Royal Oldham Hospital to provide the highest standard of care to patients.

Although money has been previously raised by patients, relatives and staff on the unit for various pieces of equipment and amenities, the official launch of the Blood Counts charity fund saw the Mayor undertake a tour of the unit and cut a cake which was decorated with the Blood Counts charity logo.  The cake was then shared with patients and relatives on the unit.  Blood Counts cupcakes were also sold in the Café Royal restaurant at The Royal Oldham Hospital for staff and visitors to buy to boost the charity funds.

The Haematology Unit treats patients with chronic long term blood disorders and blood cancers in the integrated day case and 22 bedded inpatient unit. Most patients attending the department are receiving chemotherapy and can be in hospital for prolonged periods of time combined with numerous day case attendances.  Patient care on the unit is coordinated by an extensive team of consultants, specialist registrars, clinical nurse specialists and many others whose focus is on providing compassionate and quality driven care.

Stephen Rogers from Bury is currently raising money for Blood Counts after his wife Ange received treatment on the unit for multiple myeloma before her death in April 2015.  Stephen explained: “I lost my wife Angela on 18th April 2015 after she had battled with cancer for 18 months, having suffered two tumours.  She spent a lot a lot of time in and out of Ward F11 at Oldham, as well as having stem cell replacement at Manchester Royal Infirmary.  I got to see first-hand the lengths the doctors and nurses went to, to help Ange, and indeed watched as she improved her health enough to get back to work to the job she loved. Unfortunately, we were unlucky as the cancer came back.  I reflect upon that time, and remember that the amount of progress I witnessed on ward F11 really impressed me, and would even go as far as to say, gave us more quality time together with our family, than at some points seemed possible.  I would say that thanks to all your efforts, we were lucky to gain another year of happiness together, that at one time seemed may not happen, and I’m extremely grateful.  After my own brush with cancer, I’m now in a position to attempt to give something back, and I’m hoping that Ferringo Fest will help raise much needed funds for ward F11 and the Blood Counts charity.”

Stephen has arranged a charity music event called the Ferringo Fest on 28 May 2017 from 1pm at Walshaw Sports Club, Bury. The day will consist of entertainment from his band ‘The Steve Ferringo Band’ and other talented musicians.

The Mayor of Oldham Councillor Derek Heffernan said,  "I know this ward and unit very well. The dedicated staff here do a fantastic job. I know how important it is to raise funds for such causes. Money that is raised always goes into the unit to support staff, and most importantly, patients and their relatives.  I would like to thank everyone involved in the Blood Counts fund and I wish you all the very best in your efforts."

Family continue fundraising effort for children’s ward at North Manchester General Hospital

A family from Blackley are continuing in their efforts to put smiles on children’s faces by donating toys to the children’s ward at North Manchester General Hospital.

The Holland family have good reason to support the hospital which is part of The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.  Mum Caroline works in the catering department at North Manchester and daughter Abbi received treatment there in 2013 when her life changed forever.

Abbi, who was three years old at the time, fell at school and cut her knee. The cut wasn’t cleaned properly which caused an infection. She was rushed to North Manchester General Hospital where she spent the next four months, later being transferred to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital for scans which revealed the infection from the cut had caused her aortic valve to leak.

Struggling to fight the infection, Abbi suffered severe reactions to the antibiotics that doctors tried. Eventually she was stabilised and moved to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool where her parents were told that one day she would need surgery to repair the damage that had been done.

Last year, scans found another leak in Abbi’s heart, and she underwent open heart surgery to repair the damaged valve on 16 January 2017.

Thankfully Abbi, now seven, is recovering well at home, but will be on medication for the rest of her life and will require further operations on her heart in the future.

Mum Caroline and dad Dave, have since launched a campaign which had national coverage to raise awareness of the importance of basic first aid to make sure no child, or adult, ends up having to endure what Abbi has been through.

The family will once again this year raise funds to buy new toys for North Manchester General Hospital children’s ward where Abbi spent four months of her life. An 80’s disco charity night will be held on 29 April 2017 at Lightbowne Social Club on Kenyon Lane, which will be a fun filled event for all the family. Tickets are available on 07798550794.

Donations to help the campaign can be made via the family’s crowdfunding page. No matter how large or small, your donations will make a real difference to young patients, so please donate if you can.

To donate to The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust’s charity please contact the fundraising office at or ring 0161 908 4497.  Donations can support individual wards or departments or go towards a specific charity appeal.

A team effort for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit

MEMBERS of the local community teamed together to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

With a series of events lead by organiser Billy Barrow, the friends were inspired to put on their hiking boots, wear Christmas jumpers and even take to karaoke for the cause.

Raising over £3,000, the main event was a National Three Peaks Challenge taken on by Mark Thompson and Ged Pilkington. With backing from support driver Barrie Howarth, Mark and Ged completed the 1050 mile trek, climbing Snowdon in Wales, Scafell Pike in England and Scotland’s Ben Nevis in just 23 hours.

Local businesses including Londis, Higher Crompton got behind the campaign by providing raffle prizes, whilst Newhay Lodge Sports Bar and the Black Horse Pub in Shaw housed events including a Christmas jumper party to raise additional funds.

The group’s generous donation will be used to enhance the care and facilities The Royal Oldham Hospital can offer to babies and their families.

The Trust’s charitable fundraising co-ordinator, Shelley Owen, and staff from the NICU including matron Lynn Bowe attended the group’s recent event at the Black Horse Pub to meet the team and accept their donation.  Shelley said: “We are delighted to receive this generous donation for the Trust charity.  It was a pleasure to meet the fundraisers at their event and hear more about the activities they organised over recent months.”

“A great deal of energy went into organising a host of fun events to raise funds for the charity, and the thoughtfulness of this group is truly heart-warming.  Their substantial donation will make a huge difference to babies and families on the NICU.  On behalf of the Trust may I thank all those who supported the team through sponsorship, helped to organise and attended events, and to all the local businesses who offered their backing.”

The Children’s Accident and Emergency department receive special visit from students of Prestwich Arts College

Following fundraising organised by the student lead school council, £768.00 has been donated to the Children’s Accident and Emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital.

Josh Harcup and Sophie Strong from the Prestwich Arts College school council visited the department to present their generous donation to staff.

During their visit the students took a tour of paediatric services and spoke to Lead Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dianne Cook about how the hospital can offer the best standards of care and facilities for young patients.

Evidence shows that children and young people highly value their participatory involvement in healthcare and that there are benefits to both services and users in consulting CYP. Therefore, on their visit to the emergency department Dianne says,  “the staff eagerly absorbed the energy the young people brought and  sought their views of how the ED environment could be improved for Josh’s and Sophie’s age group. ‘Brighter Walls’, ‘Bean Bags’, ‘Music’, and access to ‘Computers’ and ‘Games’ were suggested and the greatly received donation will therefore go towards these ideas.”

Trust’s Charitable Fundraising Co-ordinator, Shelley Owen congratulated the school council on the success of the fundraising activities they have organised throughout the past year and said, “Support from local colleges is so important to help the charity continue its work.  It is a pleasure to have such enthusiastic and driven young people involved in the work of the charity, and this substantial donation will make a huge difference to the Children’s Accident and Emergency Department and our young patients.  Thank you to all the students and staff at Prestwich Arts College for supporting the hospital in this special way.”

Grateful thanks from patient helps others on Oldham ward 

AN afternoon and evening of fundraising by a grateful patient has seen a fantastic donation of £4269 delivered to the haematology day case unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Mike Kershaw from Bury was diagnosed with myeloma in December 2014 and received chemotherapy on the unit housed on ward F11 at Oldham. After completing treatment at Manchester Royal Infirmary he returned back under the care of Pennine Acute and so wanted to support his local cancer unit.

Mike said: “I wanted to raise some money as a thank you for all the care and attention I have received and also continue to receive. My sister Ann died of leukaemia when she was 14 years old so that was an additional reason to raise money. It gives me a lot of pleasure to give something back to the service which has helped me.”

Fundraising events which included music artists provided by Jam-It Entertainments, raffles and auctions were held at Bamford Bowling Club and the Crown public house in Heywood.

Amanda Lane, Macmillan lead haematology clinical nurse specialist on ward F11 said: “We are extremely grateful to Mike for holding this fundraising event. The money enables us to have the resources to further enhance the care we can offer to patients. We are humbled that people like Mike, who despite having such a difficult time during their diagnosis and treatment feel so positive about the care they receive whilst on the unit. Whilst we continually work to provide a supportive and enhanced standard of care it is reassuring to know that we are succeeding in achieving this. We are grateful to Mike and all those who gave up their time and talents on the day and to those who went along to support.”

The money will be spent on equipment for the haematology day case unit, which will include an ultrasound device which is used to help scan veins prior to cannulation. This helps patients who have veins which are difficult to access which is common in patients receiving chemotherapy.


The family of patient say thank you to hospital with generous donation

Relatives of Mrs Joan Walker have acknowledged the care she received by making donations in her memory.

Mrs Walker was a patient on Ward G2 at The Royal Oldham Hospital where she sadly passed away. 

In appreciation for the care staff provided, Mrs Walker’s family decided they would give something back to the ward, and granddaughter Hayley began fundraising in her memory.

After £1,205.60 was raised, Mrs Walker’s daughter, Bev Woodhouse and granddaughter Lauren visited Ward G2 to present the substantial donation to staff and thank them for the care they had provided.  Bev said she wanted to give comfort to other relatives during their stay with loved ones in hospital so the family’s donation would purchase a recliner chair for the relatives of patients.

G2 Ward Manager, Sherryl Thomas said, “On behalf of myself and the Team on G2 we would like to express our appreciation of the donation of the chair for our patients loved ones.  In the past we have not been able to provide comfort for relatives a time of great sadness.  We can now offer the chair for relatives who desire to stay overnight with their loved ones.  A massive thank you again to the family of the late Joan Walker, there kindness is greatly appreciated and will help to support our relatives.  We will not forget at a time of incredible sadness for them they thought of others.”

St. Chad's Ladies support breast services at The Royal Oldham Hospital 

Staff at The Royal Oldham Hospital Victoria Breast Unit were overwhelmed to receive a generous donation from St. Chad’s Ladies in Rochdale.

The donation of £2,590 was made to the Unit’s Link4Pink appeal.  The Link4Pink appeal funds additional equipment, comfort items and works to enhance the facilities for breast care patients from Oldham, Rochdale and Bury.

Charitable fundraising co-ordinator Shelley Owen was delighted to accept this substantial gift on behalf of the charity, alongside Link4Pink committee member Hilary Williams and colleagues from the Victoria Breast Unit.

Shelley said, “Support from the local community is greatly appreciated by the Trust Charity.  We cannot thank the members of St. Chad’s Ladies enough for considering the Link4Pink appeal in this special way.  Their generous donation will make a real difference to patients of the Victoria Breast Unit.”

To find out more about the Trust Charity and the Link4Pink appeal you can visit the website or email

Setting the scene - Elijah’s gift to poorly babies at Oldham

A grateful family have brightened up a room in The Royal Oldham Hospital’s neonatal unit, as thanks for the care that their baby son received.

Elijah Ashton was born 15 weeks early and weighed just 822 grams.  His parents Gill and Matthew wanted to thank the unit for the outstanding care which the nurses and staff had given to them and all the other babies on the unit during their first critical months of life.

They decided to try to raise some money to improve the transitional ward within the NICU as it has no natural daylight.

Matt who is also an entertainer and singer was able to call on friends; two singers, a magician, a comedian and a compere and a fund raising evening was organised.  Prizes for a raffle were donated by local companies and the evening was a huge success, exceeding their expectations and raising a substantial amount of money.

Stunning LED units were then designed for the ward by Wardray Premise and the company worked together to ensure that everything was delivered within budget with staff even working into their own time to prepare and assemble the units.

A sky image is now adorning the ceiling of the ward and a woodland scene is attached to the walls to make the ward a bright and cheerful room.

Gill Ashton said: “We spent three months at Elijah’s cot side and the staff in NICU are amazing.  They are more like a family and genuinely have real joy at every bit of progress that babies make.   We wanted to thank them for their help looking after us all and so raised some money to help transform the look of the transitional ward.  The room now looks bright and fresh and the images give the feeling of a new day, a fresh start which is a positive feeling that you need if you’re in hospital for a long time. ”

Lynn Bowe, neonatal matron, said: “We would like to thank Gill, Matthew, Lewis and Elijah for the generous donation of over £400, plus the staff at Wardray Premise for the transformation of this room.  The company really supported us in providing LED ceiling panels and installing them free of charge.

“Premature babies don’t open their eyes for quite a while but still need to get used to the rhythm of day and night.   With a dimmer facility on both the wall and ceiling units they are able to simulate this more naturally than previously with the overhead lighting.  It has made such a positive difference working in the room now and my work colleagues have commented that the scenes brighten their day.”

Gill and Matthew returned to NICU with Elijah who is now one year old and his big brother Lewis to see the LED panels.  They were joined by staff from Wardray Premise Gary Colquhoun, Nicci Trotman and David Davies and met Lynn Bowe, Yvonne Fletcher, NICU unit manager, Katie Broadbent , senior sister and Julie Ashworth, junior sister.


Best foot forward for Link4Pink pink promenade

LOCAL people of all ages put their best foot forward for the Victoria Breast Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital which serves Oldham and Rochdale patients.

The annual Link4Pink Pink Promenade which is a leisurely walk around Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough took place on Sunday 18 September. With the sun shining, walkers and their dogs turned out to complete the walk, raising more than £1,530 for the Link4Pink appeal.

Shelley Owen, charitable fundraising co-ordinator at the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust was delighted with the support and dedication of so many people who took part in the event.  The annual walk was once again supported by Littleborough Rugby Union Football Club who offered the charity the use of their clubhouse and grounds as a meeting point for the event. Club President David Rawlinson attended on the day, along with Councillor Raymond Dutton and his wife, the Mayoress of Rochdale Mrs Elaine Dutton to cheer on walkers as they completed the 2.5 mile course.

Shelley Owen said: “The Link4Pink Appeal, led by chairperson Helen Haigh, continues to raise much needed funds to support the work of the Victoria Breast Unit, and to enhance the facilities the unit is able to provide for breast care patients. The Pink Promenade was attended by many regular and new supporters.  Generosity from members of the public through fundraising and donations makes a real difference to so many patients, for which we are truly grateful.”


Pamper and pasta event raises funds for breast care services

Pennine Acute charitable fundraising co-ordinator Shelley Owen was delighted to visit the Three Crowns Inn at Scouthead to accept a generous donation.

Landlady Sue Hicks and local Tropic Skin Care representative Marie Grady decided to team together to hold a ‘Pamper, Prosecco and Pasta’ night at the pub on Huddersfield Road in Oldham. Well attended by members of the local community, the fun evening was held in support of The Royal Oldham Hospital’s Link4Pink appeal, raising £220 for the cause.

Shelley Owen said: “Support from local businesses in making donation and fundraising such as this is greatly appreciated by the Trust Charity. With this support the charity are able to continue to enhance the environment the Trust are able to provide for patients. Thank you to Sue and Marie for considering the Link4Pink appeal when organising their event.

May I also forward my gratitude to all those who attended the evening as their generous donations will go a long way to helping our breast care patients.”


Family fun day for local charities

Over £1,300 was raised at a family fun day at Royton Cricket Club in September.

Theresa Hurst who works at The Royal Oldham Hospital is part of the Royton Cricket Ladies Charity Fundraisers who for the past five years have organised the day to raise funds for Link4Pink, Dr Kershaw’s Hospice and other local charities.

A fancy dress cricket match was the highlight of the event, and this was supported with face painting, tombolas, raffles, a balloon race and local bands.

Shelley Owen, charitable fundraising co-ordinator, said: “It was a pleasure to attend the event organised by the Royton Cricket Ladies Charity Fundraisers.  The continued support from the group over recent years really is appreciated by the Trust’s charity as their hard work and dedication in organising fun, family friendly events has made a real difference to a number of local charities.

“We are very grateful to be one of their selected charities, and for the group’s substantial donations made to the Link4Pink appeal with continues to make a significant difference to breast care patients at The Royal Oldham Hospital.”


Green fingered helpers support charity 

Staff from Dr Fosters got their hands dirty to help in the baby memorial garden at North Manchester General Hospital.

Krishna Gandham, Healthcare Intelligence Specialist from Dr Fosters said, “We use our technology, expertise, scale and presence to make a difference in the community. We encourage our people to get involved in the community and they contributed over 7,200 days volunteering their time and expertise to a range of community organisations in 2015.”

The team of three spent the afternoon working on the garden including painting fences, tending to plants and laying bark. They made a real difference to the space, meaning the hospital can offer a pleasant and peaceful garden for bereaved parents.

Michelle Morgan, bereavement midwife said, “The garden looks wonderful and I’m glad the weather held out on this occasion. They have worked so hard. I just think it’s so important that we keep this place tidy and peaceful with the items that are in there. It’s wonderful that people from different organisations are getting involved in the upkeep of the baby garden. I know this makes a massive difference to all our parents that get to use the garden as a place of solace. Many thanks to all involved.”


Models strut their stuff for Link4Pink Appeal

Models affected by cancer took to the stage once again in the second Link4Pink charity fashion show at Uppermill Civic Hall.

Joined by firefighters from Manchester Airport, models strutted their stuff on the catwalk in aid of the Link4Pink appeal which raised funds to support The Victoria Breast Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

More than 100 guests enjoyed a four course meal, fashion show, and performances from local singer Cara May and singer/DJ John Hall.  The compere for the evening was local celebrity Alan Nield.

An auction and raffle were held on the evening with generously donated prizes included a hospitality and match package from Manchester City FC, a voucher for local tattooist Hannah Ruth from Mad Tatters Tattoo Studio, a full house clean by Howards Domestics in Shaw, and a travel voucher supplied by Bowmans Travel Failsworth.

The event was organised by Chairperson Helen Haigh, with the dedicated help of committee members who volunteer their time to support the appeal.  Helen, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014, has worked tirelessly to fundraise for Link4Pink, raising in excess of £20,000 during her time with the appeal.

The fun filled evening ended with a disco as guests danced way into the night.

Shelley Owen, Charitable Fundraising Co-ordinator at The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust said, “It was a pleasure to share the special evening with so many regular supporters, as well as new supporters of the Link4Pink appeal.  On behalf of the charity I would like to thank Helen Haigh and the committee for their hard work in organising such an outstanding event. Funds raised will make a real difference to so many patients at The Victoria Breast Unit, for which we are truly grateful.   Congratulations to Helen and the committee on their success, and thank you to all those who have shown their support.”


Accident & Emergency receives a special thank you 

In appreciation for the care she received when admitted to A&E, Jennifer Boyle took on a challenge to thank staff at North Manchester General Hospital.

Jennifer, mum Jayne and friend Emma completed the Great Manchester 10k Run, in the rain, raising £500 for the department.  Following the event, Jennifer and Jayne visited staff to thank them for their dedicated care and present the generous donation.

Jayne said, “We wanted to get fit and decided to have a goal and train for the Manchester 10k.  Jennifer was admitted to the A&E in June 2015 in a critical state and through the care and dedication of the staff on that department they saved her life.  So it was our way of saying thank you and raise some funds for them.  I am very proud of our NHS Service, I think we sometimes take them for granted!  We are and always will be very grateful for what they did on that night.”

Suzanne Aylett, Interim Matron said, “I am so impressed with the amount raised by Jennifer, Jayne and Emma from participating in the Greater Manchester Run, a whopping £500.00!  On behalf of the Accident and Emergency Department I would like to extend our thanks for this very generous donation to us.  We will be using this money towards new fridges we require for patient’s food.”


A dressing down from laundry staff brings in funds for breast care 

Laundry staff at The Royal Oldham Hospital took extra pleasure in dressing down as they knew that their casual attire was helping them to raise money for breast care funds.

Money was raised through the department’s ‘dress down Mondays’ which took place every month on the first Monday after payday.  Colleagues also made donations instead of exchanging Christmas cards which added to the collection.

A fantastic £720 was raised for the Breast Care Advisory Fund which enhances care for patients at The Royal Oldham Hospital’s Victoria Breast Unit.  

Laundry services admin manager, Vivienne Howard who helped to co-ordinate the fundraising explained:  “We chose the Victoria Breast Unit as a very worthy cause as a large number of our work force are women who are aware of the importance of breast care and have experienced, or have known someone who has experienced, the wonderful care and support provided by the Breast Unit staff.   Also, it is always satisfying to be able to help and support patients in any way possible and our staff are more than willing to contribute to such a worthy cause.”

Macmillan prosthetic advisor at the Victoria Breast Unit, Susan Bennici, said: “The team at the Victoria Breast Unit would like to say a very big thank-you to the laundry team for their recent donation and their continued support.  The money will be used to enhance the patient experience within the breast service and will hopefully help us to make their experience more manageable at a very stressful time.”

The laundry service provides the Trust’s hospitals with the clean linen supplies they require from a purpose built laundry at The Royal Oldham Hospital, and satellite services at Fairfield General Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital. The service also provides clean uniforms and protective work wear for staff use and incorporates sewing room services as required.


Walk in the park to help poorly babies

Staff on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit were delighted to accept a donation from local fundraiser, Diane Hebb.

Diane recently completed a sponsored walk which took place at Alexandra Park in Oldham.  Accompanied by friends from Age UK Oldham and her pet dog Rosie, Diane raised £44 for the Unit.

On organising the walk Diane said, “I really wanted to do another sponsored walk to help the vulnerable babies”.  Diane, who has carried out fundraising for various local charities, selected The Royal Oldham Hospital in appreciation for the care her relatives have received.  This generous donation will be used towards enhancing the environment for families on the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and make their experience more comforting at what can be a very difficult time.

Thank you to Diane, members from Age UK Oldham and Rosie the dog for supporting the hospital in this special way.


Blossom Appeal donate new mammography chair

Breast cancer charity the Blossom Appeal has donated £5,680 to buy a new mammography chair for North Manchester General Hospital.

The Wolverson 5010 Stereotactic Mammography Chair gives patients a much more comfortable experience when they are undergoing longer biopsy investigations, as it keeps them in a supportive position whilst they are having their various tests.

It can be adapted to suit a number of positions, helps with accurate positioning during procedures and is wipe clean for hospital hygiene. 

Charity chairperson Iris David said: "We raise funds specifically to buy this sort of equipment which the NHS may not be able to afford but which nevertheless helps to make a patient’s cancer journey that bit more dignified and comfortable. Patients need to be positioned and keep that position during their investigation which sometimes can be very difficult.  This mammography chair enables the patient to maintain the necessary position in a supportive way.”

The Blossom Appeal is an independent charity which raises money for the breast cancer care units at the Royal Oldham Hospital and North Manchester General Hospital.

The funds raised are used to provide better facilities for patients, including new equipment and complementary therapy sessions, such as aromatherapy massages, acupuncture and make-over days.  It has raised over £200,000 for the breast care units since its launch in 2000.


Pennine Acute Trust fundraising co-ordinator has her running shoes at the ready

Children who are treated at North Manchester General Hospital will soon have some additional equipment thanks to the efforts of two members of staff from Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

Inspired by the incredible Misba Khan from the Trusts’ finance department at North Manchester General Hospital, who climbed Kilimanjaro over Christmas for the children’s unit, colleague Shelley Owen has now decided to take on her own challenge to help the cause and has got her running shoes at the ready!  Read more...

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Maya’s granddad thanks staff on Neonatal Intensive Care Unit 

Granddad Nicholas smashes fundraising target and raises £650 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

Nicholas Aylmer-Brewing took on his fundraising challenge to show his appreciation for the care granddaughter Maya had received on the unit.

Maya was born nine weeks premature at The Royal Oldham Hospital to mum Caroline and dad James. As we approach her 1st Birthday, Maya visited the staff on the NICU along with granddad, mum and dad to present their generous donation, which will be used to enhance the care the unit can offer to other babies and their families.

Nicholas Aylmer-Brewin said, “I should like to commend those staff on-duty at the Bank Holiday Sunday of May 24th     2015 for helping our first granddaughter, Maya, into this world. Less than 2lbs and 9 weeks early the emergency Caesarean Section did the trick. Her care in the NICU was a great support to mother and child. She is now 11 months and 13 lbs, and the delight of the family. The funds were raised from many of my bowling friends (both crown-green and ten-pin), and family, and family friends. In total there must have been over 70 donations, all of whom wanted to help give thanks and assist the NICU in their continuing good work.”

The Trust’s Charitable Fundraising Co-ordinator, Shelley Owen said, “The thoughtfulness of Maya’s family and their friends is truly heart-warming.  It is the kindness of people such as Nicholas which enables the Trust Charity to carry out its important work in supporting the hospitals and patients.  On behalf of the charity and The Royal Oldham Hospital NICU I would like to thank all those who donated for their generosity and support.”


Year long appeal, thanks to Macy

A doting granddad has raised £1,275 for The Royal Oldham Hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). Malcolm Macfarlane was so impressed with the care that his first grandchild, Macy Ogden, received that he decided to start a year long appeal to raise funds for the NICU.

Macy was born via an emergency caesarean on 9 December 2014 and having been starved of oxygen during birth, she went through cooling therapy for three days and was in the NICU at The Royal Oldham Hospital for two weeks. Returning home to Chadderton in Oldham with her parents Alison and Colin, Macy has since made good progress and celebrated her first birthday in December 2015.

Her granddad, Malcolm Macfarlane, who is an author regularly gives talks on nostalgic music subjects, such as the sounds of the 50s, 60s and the great musicals of stage and screen. He donated all the fees he received from the talks and also additional fundraising money. Malcolm said: “The treatment Macy received in the NICU was absolutely top class and so I wanted to raise funds for the unit so that they can continue to help babies. Through giving talks, the funds built up quite nicely and some friends and relatives have kindly donated too, which has swelled the funds to the present figure.”Alison, Macy’s mum said: “We are both so grateful to the NICU for the wonderful treatment Macy   received during those first traumatic days. We now have a lovely happy and healthy daughter thanks to the expertise of the NICU staff.”


A fancy dress party has ensured that children being treated at North Manchester General Hospital are never short of something to play with

Six year old Abbi-Grace Holland and her family have donated a selection of toys to the children’s ward following Abbi’s stay at the hospital in 2013.

Abbi’s mother, Caroline, who works in the catering department at North Manchester, organised the party with her husband, David, to say thank you for the care which Abbi received on the children’s ward.

Caroline said: “Abbi was very poorly during her stay, some days she couldn’t even get dressed because she was too poorly.  We therefore decided to organise some charity events to try and give a little back to the people who have cared so much for Abbi and supported us as a family.

“The fancy dress party was the second event we organised and we managed to raise £500 which has bought lots of new toys for children to play with whilst they are in hospital.  We all know that hospitals can be very daunting and scary places for children so it is important that they have lots of toys to distract them.”

Abbi spent five months on the children’s ward in 2013 and is awaiting open heart surgery at Alder Hey hospital in Liverpool.


Children’s A&E Department, North Manchester General Hospital

The Children’s Accident and Emergency department at North Manchester General Hospital were delighted to accept a donation from Asda Living, Manchester Fort.

Funds were raised through the stores green token scheme which saw Asda Living donate a very generous £200.  Customers also donated their loose change to a collection held in store which raised a further £84.91.

Lead Advanced Paediatric Nurse Practitioner, Dianne Cook who attended the presentation said, “Following recent Children and Young People surveys one of the recommendations revealed was that the emergency department needed to be more age appropriate for the older children and young people.  This kind donation from Asda Living will enable us to buying electronic tablets that will have age appropriate apps and information on.”

Charitable Fundraising Co-ordinator Shelley Owen said, “Support from the local community in raising funds such as this is greatly appreciated.  Thank you to all the staff and customers of Asda Living for their generosity.”


Children’s Daycase Ward 4 at Fairfield General Hospital delighted to accept donation from Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity

 Joshua Wilson was 3 ½ when he was diagnosed with a brain stem tumour. Life-saving surgery to remove the tumour left Josh with serious post-operative complications. On his 13th Birthday Josh and him mum, Dawn launched the Joshua Wilson Brain Tumour Charity with an aim to help families living with childhood brain tumours and post-operative complications.  Josh defied all odds and turned 14 in August 2014, but sadly died the following November.

Now that Josh has gone, Dawn, their family and all the charities supporters have continued the work of the charity in his legacy.  This year the charity has received support from The Rock in Bury, raising funds to buy entertainment and distraction items for young patients at Fairfield General Hospital.

Dawn and Josh’s granddad John, accompanied by The Rock’s Marketing Manager Linzi Atkinson visited the ward to present their very generous donation.  Children’s Daycase Ward 4 has 11 beds and cares for young patients with a wide variety of ailments.

Play Specialist Angela O’Neil said, “It is fantastic to have all of these new items which I am sure will be put to good use by our young patients. Ward 4 cares for patients aged three years up to 16 years, so it is important to offer something for all age groups. With books, toys, a television, headphones and lots of DVD’s there is definitely something that will appeal to all our patients, making their time in hospital more pleasant.”


Running in the dark for Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity

Novice runner Carla Johnson from Alderley Edge decided to take on the Manchester 5k Run in the Dark to show her appreciation for the hard working staff at the Trust.  Receiving fantastic support from her friends and colleagues, Carla raised £210 in the process.

The night-time challenge took place at Salford Quays attracting hundreds of runners of varying ability.  On a route which started at Media City runners passed attractions such as the Imperial War Museum and Lowry Theatre.

After crossing the finish line Carla said, “I don’t normally take part in activities like this, but I thought running in the dark through the streets of Manchester would be a fun way to support the hospital.  5k was a challenge for me, so you won’t see me signing up for any marathons anytime soon.  It was great fun, I am so happy that I finished the course and proud to have raised money to help the hospitals continue their excellent work.”


A joint birthday party has raised £1,800 for Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity

Lynne Brooksbank and her family held a joint birthday for herself and her daughter Terri Howard,who turned 30 recently and then generously gave the money to the Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity.  Funds will be split with £1,330 going to the Link4Pink appeal and £500 to the Breast Advisory fund at The Royal Oldham Hospital.

At a presentation at the Victoria Breast Unit, Clare Brearley, lead breast nurse, said: “I would like to sincerely thank Lynne, Terri and their family for their kind donation and all the hard work that they put in to organising the fundraising event.  It is very humbling to know that raising this money to benefit other patients with breast cancer is so important to Lynne and her family when she herself is going through so much at this moment in time.”

Link4Pink Chair, Helen Haigh said: “On behalf of the Link4Pink committee I would like to thank Lynne and her family for their generous donation.  Support such as this really does make a huge difference and funds raised for the Link4Pink appeal help us provide additional equipment and enhanced facilities for patients.” 


Pink Day 

Staff across the Trust wore pink and supported Pink Day, Friday 23 October. Raising awareness within the hospital sites to mark breast cancer awareness month and raising funds for the Link4Pink appeal.

Wearing pink clothing, including T-shirts, waistcoats, hats, ties and socks, staff also held collections, and bought badges, trolley tokens, pens and Link4Pink lunch bags all in aid of breast cancer.

Tesco in Chadderton also got on board as staff in the superstore dressed up to help the cause.  Holding collections in store and an awareness stand, and one colleague even wore a pink wig. A huge thank you from the Trust charity to all those across the sites and in the community who took part in this year’s event.


Pink Promenade

Success at Hollingworth Lake as fundraisers take part in the annual Pink Promenade for the Victoria Breast Care Unit

One dog and more than 50 people turned out to walk the 2.5k route around Hollingworth Lake in Littleborough on Sunday 13th September as part of Link4Pink’s annual Pink Promenade.

The sponsored walk raised £2,078.19 for the Link4Pink appeal and was kindly supported once again by Littleborough Rugby Club where the participants congregated after the walk to enjoy drinks and delicious cakes.

Thank you to all those who took part and we hope you and many more friends will join us for this fun event again next year. 

Leland’s Mini Challenge

Thank you to four year old Leland, who on Saturday 9th May put on his running shoes and completed the Mini Great Manchester Run to raise funds for the Trust. Held in Heaton Park to the north of Manchester, the event had a 2k course for participants aged 3-8 years. Leland was very excited to take part in his first event for charity so he could help make the poorly people of Manchester better, and we are pleased to announce his mini challenge raised over £230 in sponsorship for the Pennine Acute Hospitals Charity. Well done Leland!


Pike Fold Golf Club

Thank you to the members of Pike Fold Golf Club in Unsworth, Bury for their very generous donation of £1,065 for Watch Your Mouth.  

The appeal, which supports the care of our head and neck cancer patients in the Maxillofacial Unit at North Manchester General Hospital, was selected by the club’s Lady Captain, Linda England. 

Funds were raised in a number of ways including a Watch Your Mouth swear box in the clubhouse. Club members also got creative and sold home-made jams to help the cause.