Trolley good show for hospital appeal

Staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge, launched an appeal for toiletries and beauty products for patients - and were overwhelmed with the response.

Neuro Critical Care Unit Staff Nurse Kerry-Anne Barber and Nursing Apprentice Roxy Henry used social media to explain how many patients arrive from miles around for specialist treatment, but often with no belongings.

Big-hearted supporters rallied round the hospital, which is part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Trust, including the Haverhill branch of Saffron Building Society which acted as a collection point for more than four weeks.

Kerry-Anne explained: “We have a beauty trolley on the unit for staff to access free toiletries for patient use and we also make up small bags for relatives to use when a loved one is admitted. Currently we fund this via donations from staff, relatives and help from the charity fund.

“We decided to make an appeal on social media and were amazed by the fantastic response. We would like to say ‘thank you’ to everyone who helped, especially staff and customers at the building society, as it is so important for patients.”

Anyone interested in supporting the hospital in any way can find more information on the Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust website at

Image: front row (L to R) are: Saffron Building Society staff - Elinor Llewellyn, Matthew Garnham (Branch Manager) and Tina Ellis and back row (L to R) are CUH staff – Roxy Henry & Kerry-Anne Barber.

About Cambridge University Hospitals

Cambridge University Hospitals (CUH) is one of the largest and best known hospitals in the country, delivering high-quality patient care through Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie Hospitals. CUH is a leading national centre for specialist treatment for rare or complex conditions and a university teaching hospital with a worldwide reputation.

CUH is a key partner in Cambridge University Health Partners (CUHP), one of only six academic health science centres in the UK, and is at the heart of the development of the Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC), which brings together on one site world-class biomedical research, patient care and education.  As part of the Campus development, Papworth Hospital is creating a bespoke, purpose-built hospital, and AstraZeneca is building a new global R&D centre and corporate headquarters.  The Campus is one of the government’s 20 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) comprehensive biomedical research centres. 

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