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Chris is running 100 miles for our neontal unit

imaging.ashxOn Saturday September 13, 32 runners from Milton Keynes will be taking part in the MK Infinity Run - a challenge of running 100 miles within 24 hours while raising money for local charities. One of these brave runners is Chris Worton, who is raising funds for our neonatal unit.

Chris says: "This charity has a special place in my heart as they cared for my little grandson when he was born 12 weeks premature back in 2010.

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Katie's story

ME  THOMASWe'd like to introduce Katie Simpson, who has raised an amazing £5,000 for the hospital's bereavement services to give something back for the care she received several years ago.

Katie’s story starts in June 2011, when her son Charlie Ethan was stillborn. It was a hugely difficult time for both Katie and her husband Graham- one made more bearable by the doctors and midwives at the hospital.

Since then Katie has been fundraising for Milton Keynes Hospital Charity – specifically the baby bereavement fund, which provides extra support for local bereaved parents. She says:

“For me, fundraising really helped with the grieving process. I decided to do it for so many different reasons, not least to give something back and say thank you for the amazing support I received. Tracy, the bereavement midwife, was there from day one and really went over and above to offer the support we needed, when we needed it.

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Bertie's story

DSC02839 - CopyWe were lucky enough to meet Bertie this week, a patient on the children's ward.

Here Bertie's mum Natalie talks about her experince on the children's ward and how our fundraising appeal Leo's Appeal will make a difference.

Bertie's story starts six weeks ago, when he was learning to walk and his parents noticed that he'd stopped putting weight on his foot. Robert and Natalie became concerned when as well as having difficulty walking his temperate started to soar – and quickly took him to the walk-in centre. What followed was a long stay in hospital.

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Ewen's epic sail for children's ward

DSC 0975copyA young fundraiser has recently completed an epic ten-hour sail to raise money for the children’s ward at Milton Keynes Hospital.

Ewen Shackel, aged 13, from Wavendon Gate, took on the Emberton sailing race in July after being treated on the ward last year for ADEM (Acute Disseminated Encephalomyelitis) – a rare inflammatory condition of the brain and spinal cord.

Although still suffering with headaches, backache, memory loss and tiredness, Ewen finished in fifth place and together with his team mates from the Milton Keynes Sailing Club Youth Team, won an award for Best Mixed Ability Team.

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Clock this! Dementia friendly clocks installed

DSC03523 - CopyPatients with dementia at Milton Keynes Hospital now have special clocks to tell the time thanks to a donation to the Milton Keynes Hospital Charity. 

The large yellow clocks are easily recognisable to patients, who sometimes find numbers confusing or difficult to read.

The £500 donation from the Association of Ghanaians in Milton Keynes has enabled the hospital to have clocks visible from every bed on wards where dementia patients stay.

The donation was recommended by a member of hospital staff – healthcare assistant Kofi Twumasi-Adutwum. Kofi, who is also a member of the Association, completed a dementia training course at the hospital, which inspired him to nominate the charity as a beneficiary of the Association’s recent dinner dance.

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