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Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust raises over £1 million to help our NHS Heroes

Addenbrooke's charity is encouraging people to come up with their own amazing ideas to raise even more.


8 May 2020

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, the NHS charity raising money to support Addenbrooke’s, the Rosie and the amazing NHS heroes who work there, is pleased to announce that thanks to generous donors it has now raised £1,048,000 for its Coronavirus Appeal.

The money is being used to help the wellbeing of staff and patients through this difficult time, provide vital equipment to support the Intensive Care Unit, enable research into new treatments and diagnostics, and much more. Thanks to the money raised we will be able to fund even more vital items and support in the forthcoming weeks and months.

So far donations have helped provide:

  • iPads to allow patients to communicate more easily with staff and to enable family members to comfort their critically ill relatives in intensive care and other wards.
  • Psychological support for staff and patients including a counselling service for A&E staff helping them to cope with the crisis and its long-term effects; and helping a nurses charity provide seminars and leadership support for nurses who are managing staff or working through the crisis.
  • Snacks, refreshments and toiletries such as hand cream and shower gel for frontline staff.
  • Enhancements to the patient environment for those in hospital during the crisis for non COVID-19 reasons including toys and activity packs to entertain children in hospital who usually must share; activities for teenagers; and whiteboards and colouring materials for dementia patients.
  • Numerous diagnostic and therapeutic COVID-19 research programmes including, research which is helping screen staff and assess which are more at risk of COVID-19; brand new, speedy screening for ICU patients; rapid diagnosis of children presenting with chest infections to see if they have COVID-19; testing the effectiveness of existing medicines; and further research into high risk patient groups.

Your continued donations will help our hospital do so much more than is currently funded by the NHS and will help to make Addenbrooke’s even better for everyone.  Please visit

Or else you can help raise money by taking part in one of our fundraising events:

  • Tea at Three – take part in a virtual tea break each day via video conference with colleagues, friends or relatives and donate the price of your usual brew (
  • Young people aged 0-18 years, can enter the Cambridge Commodities art competition at and have their artwork displayed in Addenbrooke’s Hospital for all to see.

We’re also encouraging people to feel free to invent their own fundraising ideas. We’ve seen our local postie in fancy dress, Disney birthday parties on zoom, virtual relay races, weird and wonderful haircuts, a live DJ streamathon and more!

Shelly Thake, ACT’s CEO, said: “Our local community has been incredible, and we would not have been able to achieve so much without them. We are so pleased that people are showing such warmth and generosity to our local hospital. Every £1 donated makes a huge difference.”

Dr Rosalind Smith, ACT’s Chair of Trustees, said: “It has been a genuine privilege to witness the leadership, organisation and selfless dedication to saving lives shown by everyone at Addenbrooke’s.

At ACT we feel very lucky to have the massive support from our donors and the Cambridgeshire community that is allowing us to support the hospital, and the country, in its fight against COVID-19. It enables us to fund research, testing, innovations in diagnosis, care and treatment, and well-being support for patients, families and staff.”

For more information on fundraising for Addenbrooke’s please visit

Or you can donate online at or text NHSHEROES 10 to 70085 to donate £10 (T&C’s apply)

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