Neil Dougherty's Ride for ECMO

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"We are cycling to Glenfield Hospital for Leicester Hospitals Charity because WE CAN! Thanks to ECMO.... I can too"

At 8pm on 14th April 2016, the Leicester ECMO Team left Glenfield Hospital and traveled to Bedford to carry out a vital and life saving procedure for Neil Dougherty. ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) is a very specialist way of aerating the blood outside of the body, to give the lungs and heart a chance to rest after severe trauma. Click here to read more about ECMO. 

Before the ECMO team made the trip to Bedford, Neil had been on a ventilator in Bedford Hospital since the early hours of the morning, resulting in his body being supplied with100% oxygen. Neil had previously had a stroke and a heart attack in hospital resulting in his lungs rapidly deteriorating. 

Although Neil was taken off of ECMO on 21st April 2016, things didn't start looking up for him. He was on dialysis for his kidneys and received Plasmapheresis which cleared his body of the antibodies that were attacking him.

Eventually, after months of running tests, Neil was given a diagnosis in April 2016, which he now knows to be Vasculitis. On 28th May 2016, Neil was finally able to return home and get back to normal again. 

Two years on, Neil and the ECMO team will be taking on the challenge to cycle 56 miles from Bedford Hospital to Glenfield Hospital. They will be setting off on 20th May 2018 to mark his two year anniversary on returning home. 

"This revolutionary equipment together with the ECMO specialists gave my body the survival kit to move into intensive care, eventually off of the ventilator, plasma exchange and dialysis. I could finally go home! I owe so much to the Glenfield and the team who supported me and my family. They are so amazing and passionate and that is why we are all so determined to give back by making that journey on our bikes"

Two years on I feel able to build my strength enough to make that journey from Bedford to Glenfield without the need of an ambulance!
— Neil Dougherty

Hansa's Bollywood themed night

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Thursday 8th march 2018 was World Kidney Day and Hansa decided to raise money for the Leicester Hospitals Charity Kidney Care Appeal, to give a little something back to the Renal Unit in which she is undergoing care. Hansa Solanki has raised money through a Bollywood themed evening. With food, dancing and local celebrities attending, she has raised £2,102.

Hansa has been actively raising money for the Kidney Care Appeal since 2016. By attending walks and holding other fundraising events she has raised almost £3,000 for the Kidney Care Appeal. 

"I decided to raise money for the Kidney Care Appeal to help raise awareness of World Kidney Day. I wanted to give something back to the Renal Unit as they have cared for me. I had the thought to do a Bollywood Retro 70's and 80's themed night. It has had a really good turn out and we have managed to raise £2,102 which I can give back to the ward"

With the help of people like Hansa, we have managed to raise £222,579.59 for the Kidney Care Appeal. Hansa's donations will be put towards enhancements for the Renal Unit at Leicester General Hospital. 

Leicester Hospitals host LCFC Chairman Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha's big birthday bash!


We had a very special visit from LCFC’s Kasper Schmeichel and fellow team players Wilfred Ndidi and Kelechi Iheanacho on the 3rd April 2018 who attended a fun-filled children’s party held in the restaurant at the Leicester Royal Infirmary.

The party was arranged with Leicester City Football Club for patients aged 3-11 years who have regular appointments at the Children’s Hospital to celebrate the LCFC’s Chairman’s 60th Birthday. 

This time our young patients enjoyed a number of activities, including painting, teddy bear making and racing games and all of that followed by a party feast, the cutting of the birthday cake and an amazing LCFC goody bag to take home!

LCFC Chairman, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is a long term supporter of Leicester Hospitals Charity, having donated £2Million to us in 2016 just after the Club won the Premiere League.  We are truly grateful to him and the Club for their overwhelming support over the past years. 

Thank you Khun Vichai and all at LCFC for this lovely treat!

Our little boy had such a wonderful time meeting some of the Leicester city players and celebrating the Chairman’s birthday.
— Josh's parents

Home Birth Team Launch

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On Saturday 17 March 2018 the UHL’s Home Birth Team celebrated the launch of the Home Birth Service. There were welcoming speeches from Elaine Broughton, Head of Midwifery and Annabelle Barker, Home Birth Team. Lots of families and friends came along and enjoyed what was such a lovely occasion. The event raised £1497.43 and the money raised will go towards making sure our patients receive the best possible care.

University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust launched its first pioneering and dedicated Home Birth Team on 11 September 2017. Having a dedicated team means that women choosing to have a home birth will have two midwives supporting them during their labour and in the initial post-natal period with support in health, parenthood and feeding.

The Home Birth Team aim to provide the best possible care for women who make the choice to have a home birth and the Leicester Hospitals Charity Home Birth Team Appeal is raising money to realise that aim. The Appeal aims to raise £10,000 for our midwives to be able to attend aromatherapy courses, for bespoke ante-natal classes and a support network to extend care beyond the core service and for equipment to make the home birth experience that little bit better and for equality of care and choice for all women.

Leicester Tigers Support Kidney Patients at Leicester General Hospital


The Leicester Tigers are supporting the Leicester Hospitals Charity Kidney Care Appeal this season, we are very fortunate to be one of their 4 charity partners.  Players Manu Tuilagi, Logovi’i Mulipola, Dom Ryan and Tom Brady took time out of training in October to meet staff and patients at Leicester General Hospital’s haemodialysis unit. Everybody was delighted to see them. The players also took part in a film about the dangers of kidney disease which will be shown at our official charity match on 24th December 2017. We are really grateful to the players and the club for their support. 

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Very generous school children raising money for children in hospital

Mackenzie and Luca, raised money using their spare Lego cards at Croft Church of England Primary School to raise money for children being treated at Leicester Children’s Hospital.

Mackenzie and Luca planned to hold a single fundraising day at school selling bundles of Lego cards, running a Lego card lucky dip and selling homemade cupcakes. The event was so popular that Mrs Colloto, their Head teacher, arranged for Sainsbury’s to donate boxes of cards to Mackenzie and Luca so they could continue running their fundraising stands every lunch time and after school for a week.

In total they raised £240.00 which has been split between the children and young people’s cancer ward at Leicester Royal Infirmary and the wider children’s hospital.

Pauline, Mackenzie’s mum, said “The whole enterprise was their own initiative from start to finish. They have shown such compassion to bring some happiness to children who are going through difficult times. We couldn't be more proud of them both.”

Mackenzie and Luca said “We had so many Lego cards left; we came up with the idea to sell them at school, to raise some money for the Children's Ward at LRI. Never did we imagine it would be such a successful event! We hope that the money we have raised will make the children's time in hospital more fun and a quicker experience.”