February 2016



February news 

22/02/16: Entries wanted for first staff art exhibition

Calling all artists at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust. Imperial College Healthcare Charity is looking for entries to be part of the Trust’s first staff art exhibition which will tour between Hammersmith, Charing Cross and St Mary’s hospitals.

The Arts Team at Imperial College Healthcare Charity welcome submissions from all staff and immediate family at the Trust of any artistic ability. Whether you are an amateur photographer at weekends, enjoy drawing or painting in your spare time or simply being creative, this exhibition will showcase the hidden talents within the hospitals. 

Exhibition dates:

6 May – 4 July: Hammersmith Hospital

7 July – 6 September: Charing Cross Hospital

8 September - 1 November: St Mary’s Hospital

PLEASE NOTE: These dates are provisional and may be subject to change


Thursday 5 May, 5-7pm, Hammersmith Hospital, South Corridor

Exhibition is open to:

  • Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust staff
  • Immediate family members: Parents, siblings and children over 16 years.

Prize giving:

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories: Photography – Painting – Drawing – Printmaking – Other

We can accept works of visual art in the following media: painting, drawing, etching, photography, textiles, screenprint, woodcut etc. Sculpture unfortunately cannot be submitted due to space limitations. Full terms and conditions can be found in the submission form below.

To take part, click here.

02/02/16: Thousands of pounds raised by Cargiant to help West London hospital's Birth Centre Appeal

cargiant toughmudder afterCar dealership Cargiant has raised more than £13,000 towards a charity appeal to expand and remodel the birth centre in one of London's busiest maternity units.

The White City branch has been supporting Imperial College Healthcare Charity's £500,000 Birth Centre Appeal at Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital in Acton since April 2015, raising a total of £13,017 through staff completing the Tough Mudder challenge, bake sales and a variety of instore fundraising events.

The charity, which raises money for the five hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in West and North-West London, launched the appeal a year ago as the birth centre had not had any major refurbishment since opening in 2001 and demand had increased from 700 to more than 900 births in just 12 months.

Tony Mendes, managing director at Cargiant, said: "Our staff have been delighted to support such a worthy cause, especially as Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea is our local hospital. Being a part of something that will benefit the wider community is an important factor for us, and working alongside Imperial College Healthcare Charity has been a hugely positive experience."

Thanks to the charity's fundraising efforts and supporters like Cargiant, the new centre is due to open in spring, with a new en suite room with birthing pool increasing the number of birthing rooms to six. A new reception area has also been created, the antenatal and postnatal area has been refurbished and en suite facilities have been added to the antenatal consultation room. The next stage of the work will see resuscitation cabinets with a supply of air being installed into every birth room.

Double beds are also being added to rooms so that parents get the chance to spend those crucial first hours with their new baby in comfort.

Josephine Watterson, fundraising and communications director at Imperial College Healthcare Charity, said: "It has been absolutely fantastic to have Cargiant's support for our Birth Centre Appeal and we're hugely grateful to the teams at the company who have put in a huge amount of effort to help us reach our fundraising target. Thanks to everyone's support, we are helping to make the facilities at Queen Charlotte's birth centre among the best in the country."

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