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 Emily Woodward, the Trust's Community Charitable Fundraiser by clicking here and to find out more about the funds and how to donate, visit the Trust's Charity page by clicking here . 

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 CRHFT.Fundraising@nhs.net.

 

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 emily.woodward@nhs.net
 

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 ajaybee47@gmail.com.
​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.