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Fundraisers paid for £1.7m worth of equipment at flagship hospital

PUBLISHED: 10:18 25 September 2018 | UPDATED: 16:18 25 September 2018

Treasurer of the Friends of NNUH Debbie Cooper receives the award for the Inspirational Fundraising Awards 2018 from NNUH Chairman John Fry.
 Picture: Keiron Tovell

Treasurer of the Friends of NNUH Debbie Cooper receives the award for the Inspirational Fundraising Awards 2018 from NNUH Chairman John Fry. Picture: Keiron Tovell

© Keiron Tovell Photography 2018

Generous donations from members of the public paid for £1.7m worth of equipment at the county’s flagship hospital last year.

The figure was revealed at the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital (NNUH) annual general meeting on Monday.

The meeting heard from hospital chairman John Fry, who began by referencing the inspection report released earlier this year which put the hospital into special measures.

He said: “This has clearly been a major blow to us all and has made us consider what we’re doing and how we do it.”

But he said progress had already been made and messages of support from patients and the community had been encouraging.

Mr Fry added: “We continue to run as a loss as we pay the elevated costs of the PFI and receive a lower tariff than elsewhere in the country.”

Mark Davies, chief executive, said the demands on the hospital were high.

He said there were now 7,5000 staff working at the hospital, even though it was built for 5,000.

But he praised staff for their hard work.

Presentations on urology and lung cancer treatment were given, but the main event of the evening recognised fundraisers who gave their time and money to the hospitals charity.

The winners were:

• Young fundraiser - Manor Field Infant and Nursery School and Aslacton Primary School, who held a Jenny Lind day.

• Fundraiser of the year - Jenny Holland, who at the age of 70 went wing-walking for the hospital charity.

• Team fundraiser - Lawrie Mckenzie Memorial Football Match, an annual charity match held in memory of Mr McKenzie who died from liver cancer.

• Staff fundraiser - Andrew Clarke, who had his long hair cut to raise money for various departments.

• Company fundraiser - Brundall Co-op, who in memory of a colleague who died of ovarian cancer raised money for the VOiCE campaign

• Chair’s award - Friends of the Norfolk and Norwich University Hospital.

Louise Cook, head of fundraising at the hospital, thanked all the winners for their efforts.

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