Stunning Peace and Hope Garden blossoms at the QEH

A stunning garden has blossomed for the benefit of cancer patients at The Queen Elizabeth Hospital thanks to the hard work of volunteers.

Generous staff from Tesco Extra Hardwick store have not only been fundraising but have also donated their time to create the Peace and Hope Garden for the benefit of patients on Shouldham Ward.

Green fingered Tesco workers, including Checkout Manager Joyce Manning-Coe and Community Champion Laura Gathercole, are hoping to attract birds to the garden with a range of feeders and planted raised beds. They have also laid gravel.

The garden was officially opened during a ceremony on Thursday, November 3, when the Tesco team were thanked along with sponsors DMG Timber, Foras, MKM King’s Lynn and Simon Rowe from KLFM.

Tesco store manager Andy Thomas said: “I would like to say my colleagues have created a very peaceful garden and we are very humbled by the feedback and support from the hospital staff and patients. We are proud to be supporting our local community.”

This is the second garden to have been created around Shouldham ward after the beach themed Alan Rasberry Peace and Hope Garden was officially opened earlier this year.

Hospital Chief Executive Dorothy Hosein has praised the Tesco team and their supporters for giving up their time to this worthwhile project.

She said: “I would like to thank our friends at Tesco for their hard work in transforming this area of the hospital for the benefit of our patients and their families.

“As a hospital, we are on a journey towards excellence and this would not be possible without our partners in the community.”

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 The Hospital’s IT, Estates and Facilities Strategic Lead Alistair Nelson with Checkout Manager Joyce Manning-Coe, Community Champion Laura Gathercole

 Also attached are a series of pictures of the Tesco Garden along with the Alan Rasberry Peace and Hope Garden.

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QEH joins the fight against Prostate Cancer this Movember

While men across the country will be sprouting moustaches to raise money this Movember, the Queen Elizabeth Hospital is also playing its’ part in the battle against Prostate Cancer.

Prostate is the second most common form of cancer in men with 47,000 cases diagnosed annually.

The hospital is currently supporting 122 national studies into a range of conditions and has increased its number of trials open by 15% in the last year.

Head of Research and Development Antonia Hardcastle said: “I think many people in the community would be surprised at how active we are in various research fields including prostate.”

“We are very fortunate that people in this area are very altruistic and are willing to give something back to help future generations. All of the studies completed at the hospital are in advanced stages and have already completed substantial testing.”

The research projects into prostate cancer supported at the QEH range from genetic testing to drug trials in a bid to tackle this disease. Currently 54 patients are taking part in the ProMPTS study, which looks at how cancer grows and 166 have joined our two genetics studies. We are looking for a further 8 patients to take part in our enzalutimide trial named Premise, and are actively recruiting to the Add-Aspirin trial.  Details of all these trials together with the eligibility criteria can be found at http://www.ukctg.nihr.ac.uk

Anyone interested in taking part in a trial is welcome to contact the Research & Development department on 01553 613532 or email Research&Development@qehkl.nhs.uk

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Members of the Research and Development Team with their Movember Moustaches

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