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Patient praises hospital staff after life-saving treatment

A patient at Poole Hospital has given a £430 donation to the department that treated him after he praised its staff as “the hardest working people I have ever seen”.

Stuart Chinery is a patient in the hospital’s radiotherapy department. He was diagnosed with rectal cancer in March 2016 after being told he had three tumours in his body.

He underwent radiotherapy followed by surgery, and scans from March this year showed that there was no recurrence but he remains under regular surveillance. He is also currently receiving treatment for prostate cancer at Royal Bournemouth Hospital.

Stuart made the donation as a thank you for the care that he received.

The funds were raised at a cream tea event on 28 July that took place at Rockley Park Holiday Park. More than 50 people attended and there was a raffle with two cakes baked by Stuart as the prizes. The event was also held last year, raising £603 for the department.

Rockley Park Owners Association, of which Stuart is the vice-chairman, organsied the event and has held fundraising cream tea events for the past 15 years that have raised several thousand pounds for various charities.

“I was blown away by the care and compassion given to me by the hospital staff,” said Stuart.

“They saved my life and they are the hardest working people I have ever seen yet they always have a smile on their faces.

“I want to raise awareness and funds to help fight cancer and I implore everyone to undertake a screening test to ascertain what cancer they could have.

“Thanks to Rockley Park Owner’s Association and Poole Hospital Charity for their support.”

Sara Fripp, Poole Hospital Charity corporate fundraiser, was very grateful for the donation. “Stuart has been incredible in his dedication to raising cancer awareness and funds for the charity,” said Sara.

“The donation will help us provide new equipment for the radiotherapy department to further improve patient care and service.”



Image caption: Sara Fripp, Georgie Melville, colorectal nurse specialist, Stuart Chinery, Oscar Howlett, Rockley Park chairman, Maxine Flubacher, clinical director for cancer services and Caroline Holling, colorectal nurse specialist with the cheque in the radiotherapy department

Image caption: Sara and Stuart pose with a cake he baked for the charity.

Bournemouth nightclub helps donate medical equipment worth more than £4,800

Bournemouth nightlife hotspot Cameo has helped donate more than £4,800 to the children’s unit. The funds have been used to purchase the unit’s first vein finder and three new oxygen saturation monitors.

The grant came from the Echo Trust charity, an organisation that is part of the Deltic Group, which owns Cameo, and provides funds for medical equipment for children and young adult charities.

Customers were asked to donate spare change at all Deltic Group bars and clubs at events over bank holidays, Christmas and Easter. The collections at Cameo contributed to a total of £4,812 that was raised as part of Echo Trust’s ‘Give a Quid for a Kid’ fundraising campaign.

A vein finder utilises vein visualisation technology to make taking blood samples from children quicker and less traumatic, while also increasing the success rate of retrieving a sample. An oxygen saturation monitor uses infrared light to check oxygen saturation levels in the blood of children who have respiratory problems. The additional monitors will allow children to be assessed more quickly – helping to improve their outcomes and getting a quick plan of care in place for them.


Sara Fripp, corporate fundraiser for Poole Hospital Charity, said: “Providing new and effective medical equipment for our wards and departments is something we are very proud of.

“This show of generosity is fantastic and will greatly benefit the children on the ward.”

Jack Tidd, Cameo general manager, chose to support the ward and contacted the hospital to see what specific pieces of medical equipment were required.

“I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone that donated,” said Jack

“We’re always keen to help support one of our local hospitals for extremely worthy causes like this one.

“I hope the equipment further improves the already fantastic treatment that the children’s unit provides.”


AFC Bournemouth supports Gully’s Place

AFC Bournemouth has chosen Gully’s Place at Poole Hospital as one of its charity partners for the 2018/19 season. It will support the charity through profile-raising player appearances, signed merchandise and club media support.

The partnership was officially unveiled to club supporters at a recent open training session for Junior Cherries.  The Junior Cherries chose Gully’s Place to be one of the club’s charities of the year.

The day was attended by over 500 junior supporters who were treated to watching the first team squad being coached by team manager, Eddie Howe, and assistant manager, Jason Tindall, at the Vitality Stadium.

Gully’s Place is a dedicated fund within the hospital’s charity and supports life limited children and their families by providing specially trained staff and purpose-designed space, including overnight accommodation for families. Gully’s Place aims to help to make being in hospital as relaxing and calm as possible at one of the most difficult times a family can face. They are supported by a dedicated group of volunteers and fundraisers who ensure this valuable work, in and out of hospital, can continue.


Also present at the unveiling were Gully’s Place volunteers, Annie McGrath and Brenda Grove, along with Erin Phillips, whose brother Jimmy was cared for in Gully’s Place suite at Poole Hospital.

Commenting on the partnership Eddie Howe said: “It was great to see some of the staff and volunteers from Gully’s Place at our recent Junior Cherries open training session.

“Poole Hospital is a place which is close to our hearts, with our squad and staff visiting every Christmas to meet the children who receive such great care there in such difficult circumstances.

“I’m delighted Gully’s Place will be our Junior Cherries charity partner for the new season and look forward to supporting them and helping raise awareness of the facility over the next year.”

Debbie Fleming, Poole Hospital chief executive, said the ongoing support of the club was hugely important to the whole hospital.

“We really value our close partnership with AFC Bournemouth. On behalf of the Gully’s Place team, and indeed the whole hospital, I would like to thank the club for their continuing generosity.”

Sara Fripp, corporate fundraiser, Poole Hospital Charity said, “We are delighted that Gully’s Place has been chosen as one of AFC Bournemouth’s charities of the year, we’re really excited about the partnership and look forward to a fantastic season of fundraising and creating some wonderful memories for our families.”

Pictured above from left to right: Sara Fripp, Annie McGrath, Eddie Howe, Brenda Grove and Erin Phillips.

180-Strength Gym are warming up to take on the great Dorset Plane Pull




Last year a team from 180-Strength Gym took part on their first ever Plane Pull for Poole Hospital Charity. They had such a fantastic day that they’ve decided to do it all again this year, with 2 teams taking part in the 10th anniversary Dorset Plane Pull.

With two teams of 20 Plane Pullers, they are aiming to smash last years fundraising target of over £1,500 and they’ve got their eyes firmly on the prize on lifting the coveted winners trophy. Last year the team were pipped to the post and took 2nd place to Al of a Pull…

180-Strength Gym have have chosen to support Poole hospital Charity knowing that every penny they raise will go towards improvements at Poole Hospital who provide care for so many from their local community including their family and friends.






Get involved!

You can get involved and support Team 180-Strength at their Deadlifts & Donuts fundraiser! or you can donate here.





This year will mark The Dorset Plane Pull‘s 10th anniversary.

Since it first launched in 2008, they’ve raised over £130k for numerous charities, and this year aim to reach the £150k mark.




180-Strength are a local strength and conditioning gym situated in Bournemouth town centre and Sandbanks, Poole.

“Our mission is to provide strength and conditioning training to all, whether you’re an elite athlete, complete beginner, young, old or returning from injury, we pride ourselves on the fact that we offer 1-2-1 coaching to all our members.”


You can find out more about 180-Strength at their website.



Festival wedding raises money for the Cancer team

We are privileged to be supported by a wonderful couple Dave and Claire who wanted to find a way to thank the team within the cancer unit.
Here’s Claire’s story:
“My father, Dave Selby, received the best care and treatment surrounded by caring, professional and sensitive staff at Poole Hospital. Sadly he lost his battle to cancer in 2010 so planning our wedding initially was tough as I would not be walked down the aisle by the best man ever, my Dad.  
We decided to get married at ‘Camp Bestival’ (as who could not be happy at a festival!?) and my younger twin brothers did a grand job of giving me away.  In lieu of wedding gifts we asked our family & friends to offer a donation to ‘The Dorset Cancer Centre’ at Poole Hospital. The team has agreed to channel it to the chemotherapy day care and triage unit on request. We felt this was a tribute to the missing ‘father of the bride’ and a true positive, wonderful gift to help others.”
Dave and Claire’s friends all rallied round to show their support and we were presented for a cheque for £1000. All charitable donations are put to improving care for patients whether that’s updating equipment or improving the facilities.
We are hugely grateful for the generosity we have received and the kind gesture shown by Dave and Claire to forgo gifts is inspirational.
We wish them all the best with married life.

Charity Will Week launched

Poole Hospital Charity’s first Will Week

 Poole Hospital Charity has teamed up with Coles Miller Solicitors LLP to encourage families to make a will and consider their estate planning.
Coles Miller Solicitors are offering 100 people the opportunity to make a “free will” during Will Week, 19-23 February, in return for a donation to the charity.
A standard single will would normally cost £150 and £250+VAT for a joint mirror wills. Suggested donations of £50 for a single and £75 for a joint will are invited as part of the event. Donations can be made by cheque or BACS to Poole Hospital Charity.
The offer is open to the first 100 people to book an appointment during Will Week. Contact the Coles Miller Wills and Probate department on 01202 673011 to make your appointment, quoting ‘Poole Hospital.’
Making a will is hugely important if you care what happens to your dependants, money and your belongings after you die. Whatever the size of your estate, you should always leave a clear and legally binding statement of your wishes. Making a will is the only way of guaranteeing that your wishes are respected and is likely to be one of the most important documents that you will ever sign. It is recommended that you speak with a solicitor to ensure you receive the best advice about your estate planning.
Last year Poole Hospital Charity used vital gifts and legacies to fund items including bladder scanners and radiotherapy equipment for patients with cancer.
Farah Batchelor, fundraising manager, said: “It’s easy to put off making a will, but if you have dependants or assets it’s about time to make sure your wishes are fulfilled after you pass away.
We are always grateful to receive a gift in a will as the charity can turn the donation into a lasting legacy for future generations.
We’re hoping this year’s Will Week really motivates people to get their appointment booked and have peace of mind.”


More Bus gets ‘elfy’ for Dorset Elf Day!

Merry Christmas from all at morebus!


Their ‘elfy’ team are out and about today collecting for Poole Elf Service. If you see them, give them a wave! Thanks to everyone at Morebus for supporting our Christmas campaign! Find out what they’ve been up to here.

Christmas Downloads

Fancy hosting a Christmas Party this festive season?

Then download our Christmas Party Pack for tips, hints and print outs to make your party really spectacular!

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Have you registered to join Poole Elf Service and need to download the Elf Help Manual again? Get it here:

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Christmas List

Poole Hospital is on the nice list this year

We have asked our wards and departments what they need in order to improve patient care. We have prioritised 5 projects that will allow our teams to make a genuine difference to thousands of families we care for:

Dementia Music Therapy Project

Music offers a host of benefits for dementia patients in Poole Hospital. Our nurses tell us music therapy improves patient’s focus, can reduce agitation and improve their ability to communicate with those close to them. Studies have shown it may even lower the dependence on psychiatric drugs. The Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra have been visiting wards, working with patients regularly and also hosting events. We would like to fund the BSO for 2018 alongside purchasing therapy instruments for the team to use with patients.

Baby transportation pod 

The Children’s Unit would like to replace their broken Babypod. The transportation unit is used to move infants in an environment that will keep them safe and warm. The team can find themselves having to move babies to theatres or across sites. The Babypod will ensure they can provide the best care to our youngest patients.

10 patient reclining chairs 

Lulworth and Lytchett wards have recently trialled reclining chairs and found them making a huge improvement to a patient’s well-being. We would like to provide each bay with a chair giving patients an opportunity to get of their beds and interact. The chairs will allow individuals to be positioned in a variety of postures for comfort. We’re sure that anyone who has visited a loved one in hospital will also know the benefit of a comfy chair!

 Bereavement Support Project

Losing someone we love is something we are all likely to experience at some point in our lives. For some of us, this will be the most distressing experience we will ever face.
In some circumstances the impact of bereavement can lead to depression, alcohol or drug abuse, dependency on antidepressants or social unrest. The hospital recognises there is more to do to support many families by extending current support offered in difficult times.
The charity has funded bereavement projects in Maternity, Gully’s, Dorset Cancer Centre and Intensive Care. We now want to develop this by funding a regular bereavement support group facilitated by trained counsellors. Reported positive outcomes from similar projects have been that people have a safe environment to meet with peers, share thoughts and feelings, experience normalisation, exchange advice and information, and share hope for the future.
Getting support at the right time is critical for some people and we hope this 2 year project will demonstrate a positive impact for many people, their families, friends and communities.

Patient and visitor room renovations  

We have identified rooms in the Children’s unit, A5, B4/B3 and Lytchett that need developing for our patients and their relatives. It is understood a hospital’s physical environment can have a big effect on patient outcomes and recovery times. Factors such as lighting, use of colour or even smells can all have an impact on the well-being and mood of the individual. Having breakout rooms in wards encourages the patient to get out of their beds for exercise or social interaction. As a visitor to the hospital these breakouts areas can also provide a safe haven for discussions with family, staff or therapists. We know a hospital can be a daunting place and we intend to make some environmental changes to rooms to make them a more inviting, comfortable social space.

The equipment will help thousands of local people but also will cost thousands of pounds so we are asking our “Elves” to help towards our £25,000 target.

Take a look at the Elf Service, Elf Dash and Crackers’ Quiz pages to find out how you can help the Hospital.


Join Poole Elf Service

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Poole Elf Service is back by popular demand! As an integral part of the community we’re on the ‘Nice List’, so Santa has granted us our Christmas list, but we need your help!

Our hospital elf, Crackers is helping us drum up support to raise a whopping £25,000 for this year’s Christmas List.  The list is compiled of 5 projects which are top priority and will benefit thousands of patients. For more about our Christmas list see here. It couldn’t be easier, simply spread the festive spirit and raise/donate money towards Poole Hospital’s Christmas List.

Here’s some ways to get involved:

  • Dorset Elf Day – 15th December 
Why not join the Elf Service and ‘elf up’ on Friday 15 December. From dressing up, baking elfy treats or hosting a festive coffee morning there’s no limit to the fun you can have. Whether it’s at school, work or even just at home get your elf on and support your local hospital.

  • Join one of our events
We are bringing back our popular Crackers’ Christmas Quiz and Elf Dash so get your tickets fast as they sold out last year. We are also hosting a Poole Hospital Christmas Carol Concert  so check out our Events section to get involved.
  • Organise your own event
It’s a social time of year so why not organise a Christmas party, dinner party or coffee morning? We have a FREE Christmas Party Pack 2017 (3) full of party goodies and ideas! For your pack register here.
  •  Donate 
However big or small we appreciate all contributions towards our target. You can donate in the office, by post, or on our Just giving page. You can even make a donation in someone’s name in lieu of their gift? We can provide the gift card so you can explain the huge difference your donation is making.
  •  Plan your own sponsored event 
If you can think of it you can do it! How about a Dry December or Sponsored Slim or something more physical? Whatever your challenge is, get sponsored to raise your target.
  • Finally….SPREAD THE WORD
The target is thousands but it help thousands of people in our community. Please spread the word to friends, family, colleagues and social media followers and drum up more support for Poole Hospital.

How to become an Elf:

  1. Register your details using the form below
  2. Download your Elf Help Manual 2017
  3. Fundraise!
  4. Return the form found inside the Elf Help Manual, along with a picture of yourself and payment.
  5. Find yourself on the nice list

Don’t forget to check out our Elf Dash and Quiz events and be sure to like our Facebook page to keep upto date with our Christmas progress!