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Epsom NHS Staff Benefit Concert

Epsom Music Charity will host an NHS Staff Benefit concert, featuring the Salieri Quartet, as part of local Jubilee celebrations on 27 May at midday at the Epsom Playhouse in the presence of Councillor Clive Woodbridge, Mayor Elect of Epsom and Ewell. 

The long established and experienced Salieri Quartet, whose members have played with orchestras across Europe and worked on West End shows, will treat the audience to a relaxing hour of classical favourites such as the Pachelbel Canon along with works from famous and familiar composers like Bach and Mozart to name but a few.  The quartet will then ‘string out’ the entertainment by setting up in Market Square to entertain shoppers and businesses with a more contemporary programme, ranging from Beyonce to Game of Thrones, and where donations will also be gratefully received!

Sasha Phillips from Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity said: “A huge thank you to the Epsom Music and the Salieri Quartet for dedicating their time to organise this event to support our charity; our people and the NHS.  We are very grateful for the effort that has been put into this and would encourage people to come along and support this special day-time musical interlude.”

Lionel Blackman, Trustee of Epsom Music, said: ‘Our charity supports the education and performance of all music throughout Epsom and Ewell.  Many in the music community were sadly affected by Covid in one way or another, and now that events can once again take place, we wanted to take the opportunity to show our immense gratitude to our local NHS.  We are honoured the Mayor Elect can attend, and we hope other people can show their support by getting a ticket and coming along!”

The concert will be for one hour and start at midday on Friday 27 May.  A minimum donation of £10 per ticket is requested which can be made online at www.epsommusic.org and all funds raised will go to Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity.

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Calling all cyclists!

Our Divisional Director of Operations – Women & Children’s Services, Kathryn Hughes, is keen to form a an ESTH Charity Team for the Onyx Team Time Trial Road Bike on Sunday 15th May 2022 at Thruxton Race Track, Andover at midday (exact timings TBC). 

What is Team Time Trial cycling you may ask?  Quite simply it’s a road-based or arena bicycle race in which teams of cyclists race against the clock.  But it’s a very different type of challenge to an individual distance road event, involving strategy, team tactics as well as speed of course! Think of it as an opportunity to ride fast with a group of fellow cyclists on smooth tarmac and not a car in sight! 

Although Kathryn is already a super-duper TTT cyclist herself, what’s great about the event is that you don’t have to be!  Kathryn will be providing 2 x training rides (dates and venue TBC) and lots of tips.  The only requirements are that you can ride in clips on a road bike (no TT bikes allowed), are committed to the challenge and the charity fundraising of course.  The fundraising target is £400 (for the team) but there’s also the potential to win the event’s first prize which is £1000! 

If you’re interested and would like to know more, Kathryn will be holding a Teams call to answer any queries on Tuesday 5th April at 4pm. Or you can get in touch with Kathryn directly on 07812555994 or kathryn.hughes13@nhs.net.

For more information check out the Onyx event website and get more of taster from the You Tube Video below!

The entry cost per person is £27 and the deadline to sign up for an ESTH Charity team is 12 April. 

Each team consists of 4 people so the more people who sign up, the better! 

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Bowling club president bowls over St Helier staff with £2,000 donation!

Just over a year on from collapsing with Covid, Keith Woods, 75, and Wallington Bowling Club’s President and Men’s Captain, returned to St Helier Hospital to thank the team which saved his life and to present them with a generous £2,000 cheque.

Keith was admitted to St Helier’s respiratory ward in November 2020 where he remained in a critical condition for three months.  He was eventually allowed to return home and although his rehabilitation is ongoing, his family and many friends at Wallington Bowling Club continue to be amazed and overjoyed to have him back!

To show their appreciation, last year Keith and his fellow members unanimously chose to dedicate the fundraising from the club’s (delayed) centenary games to their local NHS.

Unfortunately, Keith himself wasn’t able to play but he said: “The £2,000 raised is just a small token of our immense gratitude to the all the wonderful doctors, nurses and other staff who looked after me.  Covid has changed my life forever but I know I’m one of the lucky ones and that I wouldn’t be here today were it not for all their hard work and dedication.”

Dr Thomas Medveczky, Consultant Physician in Respiratory and General Medicine at St Helier, who led on Keith’s care said: “We are delighted to see how well Keith is doing!  Of course we strive to do the very best for all our patients but it was such a nice surprise to learn about Wallington Bowling Club’s fundraising– it makes us very proud and privileged to have touched so many lives in this way and the money will help fund life-saving equipment for many more patients with Covid and non-Covid respiratory problems.”

Keith and his family also attribute his recovery to the Trust’s ‘Letters to Loved Ones’ service.  With no visitors allowed at the time, people could instead use the service to send in their well wishes which a staff member would then read aloud to Keith at his bedside. He received 87 letters and emails! Keith’s daughter Sarah, who lives in Australia, said: “During the most difficult time for our family, and with Dad in isolation in hospital for months, there’s no doubt in my mind that these supportive messages from family and friends made Dad keep fighting.”

So thanks to the care he received from all the teams at St Helier, Keith can hopefully look forward to getting back on the green and having a game or two again in the not too distant future. 

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Half Marathon for St Helier ICU

In March Natasha Flatt will be running the Hampton Court Half Marathon to raise money for St Helier’s Intensive Care Unit (ICU) who recently saved the life of one of her closest friends and the money raised will be used to save many more. 

Just before Christmas, Dom was put into an induced coma which lasted for over 3 weeks and was diagnosed with a rare auto-immune form of Encephalitis. Encephalitis is inflammation of the brain which can have life changing effects and, if left untreated, can lead to permanent brain damage. Without the care from St Helier ICU and their prompt response, it could have caused long term complications.

Dom is now on the road to recovery and to say that all of his family and friends are thankful to St Helier ICU is an understatement.  

If you would like to support Natasha’s challenge please go to: justgiving.com/fundraising/natasha-flatt2

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Christmas Toy Appeal Update

Local community doesn’t play around and donates hundreds of items to Christmas Toy Appeal!

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity is delighted to announce that it received a HUGE response to its Christmas Toy Appeal, so much so that over 500 items were donated to help young patients over the festive period.

Most contributions were via the Charity’s Amazon Wish List, a carefully selected list of toys, games and other activities compiled by the hospitals’ Play Specialists. And while the majority of people chose to be Secret Santas, quite a few were keen to unveil their identities in order to thank staff for having cared for their own little ones in the past.

Local organisations also got involved by arranging collections among their employees or members including Cobham Scouts, Santander Sutton, Rosebery School, Sutton Synagogue, RWW Plumbing and Heating, Rotary Club Carshalton and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Association.

Items donated included plasticine and play-doh, colouring pencils and felt tip pens, stickers, fidget cubes, wooden railways, various craft activities and lots of seek-and-find books (with ‘Where’s the Unicorn Poo?’ proving a particular favourite!) and even a portable DVD player.


Play Specialists Emily King and Kristy Parrack said: “On behalf of our all our colleagues across the Trust’s children’s services, we wanted to say a BIG thank you to everyone who has donated to the appeal. We have been absolutely overwhelmed by the generosity of the public, especially when the pandemic continues to make life hard for so many people. Every single item is much appreciated and very welcome and really has helped us to spread some cheer among those children who still had to visit hospital during the festive period. What’s even better is that many of the items will be used throughout the year, so they’re not just for Christmas!”

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Christmas Toy Appeal

Seeking secret Santas to support young patients this Christmas!

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity have launched their annual Christmas Toy Appeal, inviting local people to help spread a little more cheer among young patients during the festive season by gifting an item or two from an Amazon Wish List.

Last year, thanks to the generosity of the local community, nearly 100 toys, games, and gifts of arts and crafts were given to the children’s wards across the hospitals.

Staying in hospital or visiting for treatment can be difficult for children and their loved ones at the best of times, but even more so at Christmas.  So these toys and games really make a big difference and help staff keep their young patients entertained and relaxed.

The Wish List has been put together by the hospitals’ Play Specialists – everything has been carefully selected not only to raise a smile and provide a welcome distraction, but also to ensure strict infection control standards can be maintained on the wards. Some items, like colouring books, pencils, and small toys, will make up individual ‘playtime packs’ while all plastic toys will be deep-cleaned and sanitised before used by another child.

Play Specialist Emily King, said: “We know that coming into hospital can be quite upsetting for our young patients, especially at Christmas, but with your help we can make it a bit brighter! We do also appreciate that the festive season is already an expensive time of year and that Covid has impacted many people financially, so of course we’re only inviting people to support the appeal if they have something to spare.”

Once you have selected the gift you would like to give (you can find the Wish List here: www.amazon.co.uk/hz/wishlist/ls/366A7GXO1GJLA), please feel free to write a message, or to let us know if you have a preference for which children’s ward it goes to, otherwise we will ensure all gifts and evenly distributed. Please also select the following delivery address: ESTH Charity c/o Receipt & Dispatch, Epsom Hospital, Dorking Road KT18 7EG

You can also contact the Charity Team at team@esthcharity.org.uk or on 01372 735 262 to let them know about your donation!

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Our Christmas Raffle – it’s just the ticket to support your local hospitals this festive season!

This year Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity is putting the ho-ho-ho into the holiday season with their Christmas Raffle! Forget Santa’s elves in the workshop, they’ve got the perfect Christmas gifts lined up for you. All you have to do is get a £1 ticket (or more) before 5 December!

Would you like to relax and rejuvenate with an overnight stay and breakfast at the beautiful 4 -star Harbour Hotel in Guildford? How about getting a cut and blow dry at a Headmasters salon for your Christmas party or a spritz of Chanel No. 5?

In fact there are 21 fabulous prizes up for grabs! 

You’ll be a winner if your number gets matched up with any one of the prizes which will be selected at random. So it will be a surprise if you win and another surprise to see what you win!  

To see a full list of prizes, and to enter online for your unique raffle numbers go to: www.esthcharity.org.uk/christmas-raffle

The draw date is 8th December.

Proceeds from ticket sales will go towards supporting above and beyond projects for the hospitals and community services, from creating a more welcoming environment and funding extra equipment for patients to funding staff wellbeing initiatives.  To see some examples, please go to: www.esthcharity.org.uk

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Write a Will Week

Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity is launching a Write a Will Week which runs from 27 September to 1 October to highlight the importance of writing a will.

Whether you think your wishes would be considered quite typical or a bit more unconventional, a will is the only way to make sure your money, property, possessions and investments (known as your estate) go to the people and causes you care about. With no will, the law decides how to deal with your estate which is not something very many would want for their loved ones.

Yet 54% of UK adults still haven’t written a will.*

If you are one of them, Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity has teamed up with two reputable firms who are providing free will writing services to their supporters and to guide you through the process. 

Crown Law Solicitors LLP, a local solicitors’ firm based in Morden, are waiving their fees (normally £175-£350 +VAT ) to the first 15 supporters who book an appointment during our Will Writing Week starting Monday 27 September and finishing on Friday 1 October 2021. The appointment can take place in their office or remotely by phone or Zoom. Alternatively, you can contact national estate planning company Dunham McCarthy who provide a will writing service over the phone for ESTH supporters all year round.**

Gifts generously left in wills (also known as legacies) for Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity are a vital source of income which help towards funding those ‘above and beyond’ projects for the hospital and their community services. There is no obligation to leave a gift in your will to the Charity but if you would like to do so, for the benefit of future generations of patients and staff, it would be much appreciated.

To book your appointment with Crown Law Solicitors LLP, please call 0208 175 6733  or email enquiries@crownlawsolicitors.com and mention that you are booking as part of the Epsom and St Helier Hospitals ‘Write a Will Week’.

Please visit their website for more information: crownlawsolicitors.com

To book an initial 30 minute call with Dunham McCarthy please visit: dm-legal.co.uk/esthc/

*According to Which? research 2018

**Throughout the course of your consultation with a full qualified solicitor or estate planner, you may choose to use other services in preparing your will which may incur a cost. They will ensure that you are always provided with a full and transparent break-down of these costs and you are not obligated to accept any of these services.

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Marathon mum takes on 26.2 mile challenge for St Helier’s Neonatal Unit

A grateful mum is running the London Marathon to raise money for the Neonatal Unit at St Helier Hospital as a thank you to the service that saved her twins’ lives when they were born 11 weeks early.

Local Carshalton mother of three, Camelia Garrett, 47, is taking on the 26.2 mile challenge to give something back to the team who cared for her children when they arrived prematurely back in 2003. Camelia said: “The twins are going to be 18 later this year, but I still remember those early days being cared for on the Neonatal Unit like it was yesterday.

“When Etti and Owain were born so early, it was an immensely frightening and distressing time, but the Neonatal Department were absolutely fantastic in every way. Using my London Marathon place to fundraise for the department seemed like the perfect opportunity to give back to them, and to support the wonderful staff who work there now.”

But in fact, some of the staff who cared for Etti and Owain still work in the department and remember caring for Camelia and her children. Fiona Herbert, now the Department’s Administration Manager, said: “I have worked here for 25 years, and still remember Camelia and the twins when I was a clinical member of staff. It’s always difficult when newborns need care with us, so the fact that Camelia thinks of us fondly and is fundraising for the department is really lovely. Of course, we wish her the very best of luck and hope she’ll pay us a visit with her medal!”

Camelia has undertaken a gruelling training regime to get ready for the big day on Sunday 3 October and her aim is to complete the event in five and a half hours. Commenting on her training, Camelia said: “I am sure all of the hard work will pay off! But I couldn’t do any of it without the continued support and encouragement from my family and friends!”

To support Camelia’s fundraising, please visit: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Camelia-Garrett1.

If you would like to take on a challenge or host an event to raise funds for Epsom and St Helier hospitals (even a specific ward or community service), please visit www.esthcharity.org.uk

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Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity Lottery has two £1000 winners!

Two lucky staff members have each bagged themselves £1000 from playing Epsom and St Helier Hospitals Charity Lottery for just £1 a week. See what they had to say about winning!


Emma who works at the Woodlands Nursery at St Helier Hospital said: ‘The funny thing was that I was at the hospital cashiers with my friend, and when I saw the Lottery leaflets there I told her that I played it but that I’d not won anything yet. Then a week later, I got home on a Monday evening, and there was a letter with the cheque inside – it was such a lovely surprise! First of all, I used some of it to treat my family to a really nice meal. And then it came in very handy to fix the car when the exhaust fell off! I’m saving the rest for a rainy day.’


Thomas, a doctor at Epsom Hospital, said: ‘I had signed up online about a year ago at £1 every week. I recently returned from a visit to my parents and bereaved aunt in India to find the cheque in my letter box. I was extremely grateful to God for having won this. The travel home had been very expensive with all the COVID testing, multiple cancellations and rebooking at escalated rates. Though this amount didn’t cover it, it helped ease the burden.’


So if you’d like the chance to win £1000 or even the £25,000 jackpot you have to be in it to win it! Sign up today and you’ll be supporting the hospitals and community services at the same time!