Staff and patients at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust can raise money for their ward in a two or five mile sponsored walk on 17 July.
Imperial College Healthcare Charity is organising the Trust’s first ever Walk for Wards, which will see hundreds of people walking a circular route starting and finishing in Merchant Square next to St Mary’s Hospital.
You can choose which ward or department your money goes to and the charity will match up to £100 raised per person for the first 250 people to sign up so don’t delay, sign up now and raise even more.
Laura Watts, head of community and events fundraising, said: “Not only is Walk for Wards a fantastic opportunity to walk through some of London’s most beautiful parks and waterways but it’s also a chance to support your hospital.
“You can choose to support a ward within any of the five hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust or simply choose the hospital you’d like to support. Your registration fee and any money you raise will go towards the ward or hospital you choose.”
At the end of the walk there will be a family fun celebration in Merchant Square.
Registration is just £10 for adults, £5 for concessions, NHS staff and children aged 5 -16, under 5s are free.
There is no minimum sponsorship, simply raise as much as you can.
To sign up, go to www.imperialcharity.org.uk/walkforwards or for more information phone Lauren on 020 3312 5694.
London hospital workers are displaying their artistic side in an exhibition at Hammersmith Hospital.
Imperial College Healthcare Charity, which manages the art collection at all five Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals, invited staff and their immediate family to submit artworks including drawing, painting, printmaking and photography for a staff art exhibition.
A total of 45 people from Hammersmith, St Mary’s, Charing Cross, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea and Western Eye hospitals took part.
Lucy Zacaria, arts manager at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: “The arts team has had so much fun putting on this exhibition. We’re thrilled with the enthusiastic response from staff and the extremely high quality of the artworks themselves. There certainly is a lot of hidden talent within the workforce at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust.”
The exhibition will be at Hammersmith Hospital until 4 July, then it moves to Charing Cross Hospital on 7 July until 6 September and then to St Mary’s Hospital from 8 September to 1 November.
The charity’s arts team awarded prizes in several categories, including printmaking in which Nicole O’Riordan was the winner with her work entitled ‘Lost’
Nicole, a nurse recruiter, said her work was inspired by her late father’s dementia diagnosis.
“It was quite a shock when he was diagnosed. Part of my way of dealing with it was just photographing him repeatedly. When I looked at the photos, in so many of them he had his face in his hands. It started to symbolize to me what dementia was. It was like he had lost himself,” she said.
“After he died I kept looking at these photos and couldn’t get them out of my system. I think it was part of the grieving process.
“I did these prints a couple of years ago and have kept them tucked away. To see them in the exhibition is really moving.”
The charity awarded cleaner Kaluram Tamang the prize for best painting for his work featuring Hammersmith Hospital.
“I sketched it outside the main hospital and did the colouring at home,” he said.
“I feel really proud but I am still trying to do better. I work part-time and with the rest of my time I am doing modern art training.”
During the opening event there was also a public vote, which midwife support worker Mandy Taylor won with her painting of an elephant entitled ‘Storm’.
The St Mary’s Hospital worker was inspired to paint it after seeing a friend’s photograph and it took her about 18 hours to complete.
“I went home after work and got a couple of hours in when I could,” she said.
“I have been painting on and off for a few years but this is my first time in an exhibition. I have never rated my paintings that much, it’s just what I do but to see it on the wall next to what I consider fantastic artists is quite a privilege.”
Other winners in the exhibition include medical lab assistant Indi Dhillon with a drawing of a Siberian tiger and physiotherapist Kris Thanapalan with a photograph entitled ‘Scarred’.
Imperial College Healthcare Charity raises money for research, equipment and projects to improve patient experience at all five Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust hospitals.
As part of this, the charity has an extensive art collection which is on display in wards and departments throughout the Trust.