Cystic Fibrosis

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.”

Watch the full video here.

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