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The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) charity is the official charity supporting the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. One of the main referral hospitals in the UK for patients with brain tumours, QEHB is also a centre of excellence in the area of cancer and one of the UK’s main transplant centres. The charity support patients, families and staff at the hospital by providing 'added extras' that are over and above that which is provided by the NHS. The charity funds research, equipment, patient welfare and facilities.
The support of QEHB charity is incredibly diverse, but is very much led by the needs presented to the charity from the hospital staff, who are in the best position to identify them. As part of Ecclesiastical’s 12 Days of Giving campaign, the QEHB won a £1,000 donation which helped towards providing lollipops on their chemotherapy ward, additional Sara Steady walking aide equipment on the wards, and also towards their research project, involving the use of artificial intelligence in the field of brain tumours - potentially improving the treatment pathways for patients.
The charity also won a £1,000 donation as part of Ecclesiastical’s Movement for Good awards. This donation will provide 40 children undergoing radiotherapy with a quilt and an individual toy. This will benefit children from as young as six months old all the way up to adulthood. The quilt is provided to keep the children warm whilst recovering from their treatment as they have to undergo general anaesthetic, and a special toy given to them on completion of their treatment to reward them for their bravery.
Liam Herbert, Specialist Paediatric therapy Radiographer said “children attend daily for radiotherapy treatment – often for a six week duration. During this time we build up a good relationship and rapport with the child and their family. When they finish their radiotherapy it is lovely to be able to present the child with a gift of something we know they are going to like, something personal to them that demonstrates the relationship that has been nurtured and a way to celebrate the end of their treatment. This is only possible due the support of the charity.”