The Den @ RCHT 2020

17 December 2020 | By |

The Den @ RCHT returned this year bigger and bolder with a £40,000 total award pot! RCHT colleagues were invited to apply to pitch to a panel of fearsome dragons to win up to £40,000 in four categories.

Pitches were divided into four categories of £10,000 each. Brilliant Care, Brilliant Improvement, Brilliant People and the Covid19 Challenge.

Many applicants from across the Trust were whittled down to 12 teams who were invited to pitch live via teams. A feat of complex technology masterminded by Pete Young.

Our dragons, led by Adam Wheeldon with Kim O’Keefe, Kerry Eldridge, Thom Lafferty, Robin Jones, and Amanda Stratford, beamed composedly down at their pitchers without too much fire.

Brilliant Care category was won by Clinical Imaging Assistant Shannon Best with her compelling, detailed and confident pitch for £10,000 to enhance Cystic Fibrosis care for inpatients.
'The Den' technical setup behind the scenes
Brilliant People category was won by Jilly Luck and Sarah Trabrett from neonatal in their moving and powerful pitch for £4100 to train 12 staff members to be TRiM practitioners.

Brilliant Improvement category was packed with action with a live pitch on an electric bike in the glamour of Kedhlow car park. However £10,000 was awarded to Will English from CCU and Julie Wright from SALT for a Functional Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing for their superb pitch.

The Covid 19 challenge saw another three excellent pitches with £5,230 being awarded to Niall Moon, John McGrane and Liz Thomas for their compelling, thoughtful and detailed bid for clinical oncology symptom control for oncology and palliative care patients.

RCHT Charity Fundraising Manager Karen Murrish said,

“We were again in awe of our incredible teams at RCHT and how they put themselves out of their comfort zones to pitch for their brilliant ideas.”

Karen continued “all of the pitches were so worthy it was an unenviable task for the dragons to make their decisions. Our four winners will now be able to take their projects forward all with the ultimate benefit to patient care. It is thanks to donations and fundraising from our charity supporters and funding from NHS Charities Together that this event and the funding has been possible.”

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We wanted to say a big thank you for saving my wife’s life

31 January 2020 | By |

“We wanted to say a big thank you for saving my wife’s life,” said Andrew.

After Pat Harvey from Par received care for Breast Cancer at Royal Cornwall Hospital, she and her husband Andrew along many friends in the local community wanted to give something back so they held a party at The Par Inn and raised £2000 for The Mermaid Centre and The Cove Centre Amenity Fund.

“We were thoroughly impressed with the care from start to finish. Being able to have a cuppa in The Cove and chat to the volunteers and other patients in similar situations was a real help and I also attended a Look Good, Feel Good afternoon,”said Pat

“I would advise anyone to make sure that they check themselves regularly – catching it early is key. I was seen very quickly and looked after and reassured all the way through my treatment.”

Sarah Zee from The Mermaid Centre echoed these thoughts around the importance of being breast aware and attending screening.

Sarah also explained how The Mermaid Centre team are currently looking to purchase a specialist program which will allow the team to show patients a computer generated image of how they will look following their surgery which will be invaluable in giving accurate outcomes to patients at what can be a very difficult and troubling time.

Thanks go to everyone that attended and supported the fundraiser with special mentions to Matt Bailey, Landlord of The Par Inn and Andy Stephens, auctioneer for the evening who was pivotal to the raising of such a great total.

The total raised on the evening topped up through a donation from the FAC Group of businesses, whom Andrew & Pat Harvey are Directors.