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Help Tiny Hearts buy vital equipment for babies

Barnsley Hospital opened its new Neonatal Unit to a great fanfare and celebrations across the town. But fundraising for the unit via the Tiny Hearts Appeal is far from over.

Barnsley Hospital Charity still needs your help to buy state of the art equipment for the unit, which provides care for premature and sick babies born at 27 weeks and above.

There are many key pieces of equipment identified by the neonatal team which will make a massive difference to babies and their parents. These vital pieces of kit come with high price tags and are necessary to continue to provide the highest level of care within Barnsley’s fantastic new unit. The Tiny Hearts Appeal total fundraising currently stands at £687,712 but will continue to its target of £1million and beyond. Examples of the equipment it will pay for are:

Intensive Incubator – £32,000 each These are the most high-tech incubators. They have cooling facilities to protect a baby’s brain after a traumatic birth, in some cases to prepare them to be transported to a specialist unit.

Special Care Incubators – £28,000 each An additional three incubators are required for those babies who need Special Care (rather than Intensive Care).

Phototherapy Lights – £2,500 each Phototherapy light systems are used for the treatment of neonatal jaundice. This new, higher specification model pauses and restarts when baby needs certain procedures. It also records phototherapy a baby has received enabling the team to see at a glance the effectiveness of treatment and plan the next stage. The selected model is designed to sit on top of the incubators and eliminates the need for stands, minimising barriers for parents to their baby. Five of these units are needed.

Neo-puffs – £2,331.50 each A ‘Neo-puff’ is a form of resuscitation equipment which would be used instead of a bag and mask system. The gold standard for the unit is to have one in each ITU bay (5), one in each Single Cot Nursery (3) and one in the Special Care room (1). Six extra units are needed to reach this standard.

Cot Warmers – £1,820.26 each – To ensure smooth transition from incubator to cot it may be necessary to use cot warmers to maintain babies’ temperature.

Height Adjustable Cots – £800 each Height adjustable cots help improve the experience for babies’ families, helping taller or shorter parents to look after their baby whilst protecting their back. In addition this would also help the welfare of nursing staff. The unit would ideally like ten of these cots.

Thermometers – £144.60 each As the new unit is much bigger than the current unit coupled with the addition of family integrated care the gold standard for the unit would be to ensure one thermometer per cot space. This is small but vital piece of kit which would then be on hand for all babies on the unit. The unit would like ten new thermometers.

At the grand opening of the neonatal unit, hospital trust chairman Steve Wragg expressed his gratitude to Barnsley people who put their spare change into the Tiny Hearts incubator – a giant ‘money-box’ located in hospital reception. He said: “It’s the people of Barnsley who own the new unit because they contributed in their thousands. Our incubator money-box has taken £75,000 from people just walking past putting their spare change in. We cannot say thank you enough.”

Raising awareness for The Well

The Well Staff and volunteers

A big well done to The Well staff and volunteers who were onsite at Asda on Tuesday 27th November helping spread awareness of the fantastic work that The Well do. The Well at The Core is a service for people affected by cancer in Barnsley, providing six free beauty and complementary therapies for both men and women. Therapies are delivered by appropriately trained, skilled and experienced practitioners who offer a range of therapies which promote health and well-being.

In addition to raising awareness for the service the team also took their buckets along to help raise vital funds for the service. Although the service is partly funded by the government this funding does not cover the full cost of keeping this service running therefore The Well also heavily relies on the donations received from their local community. They raised over £130 on the day.

Well done to all involved, if you would like more information on the services The Well supports visit

Graft ‘believe’ in our Tiny Hearts Appeal

It should benefit it by telling the story of its greatest achievement for future generations to look back on, by reminding people of some of the best days of their lives & by leaving a lasting legacy from any success it had.

That’s why we decided that should we be lucky enough to make any profits from the film that they would be donated to an incredible cause close to our hearts – the Tiny Hearts Appeal. The appeal was launched in 2014 with an aim to raise £1 million to help support the relocation and development of a brand new Neonatal Unit in Barnsley District General Hospital’.

‘A little over two weeks after the official release of our film, we’re incredibly proud to announce we’ve today made our first donation of £10,000′.

Director of Daydream Believers & Co-Founder of GRAFT, Chris Johnson, said ‘The support we’ve had for the film from too many people to mention has been incredible & to reach such a milestone so soon after release is a wonderful result. We’re thankful to everyone that has helped make this happen & look forward to making more contributions in future’

Producer & Co-Founder, Liam Dyson, said ‘Donating this at such an early stage is something I’m incredibly proud of. Creating a feature length production like Daydream Believers isn’t cheap & considering we’ve funded this without commercial or industry support is a real testament to everyone that’s been involved’

‘Our film remains on sale online, in the Barnsley Football Club Superstore and in Vinyl Underground on Regent Street. Digital downloads are also available and a limited amount of tickets for our Penistone Paramount show are still available, too. All profits will continue to benefit the incredible work of the Tiny Hearts Appeal & leave a legacy and asset that will benefit some of the most needy in our community’.

Lan-Tarn Fest & Neo Natal Opening

This wonderful, winter event celebrates love, life and hope for people in and around Barnsley. This year we will see Lan-Tarn Fest paired with another very special event, the opening of our new Neo Natal Unit!

On the day you will be able to lay a lan-tarn as a dedication to a loved one you have lost, in celebration of recovery or successful treatment, you may even simply wish to decorate a lan-tarn as a symbol of hope or to make a special wish. In addition to this, tours around the new unit will be available throughout the day (psttt… we advise pre-booking here).

Lan-Tarn Fest 2018 will be held on Thursday 8th November at the front of Barnsley Hospital, Gawber Road from 2pm until 7pm.

Dedicate a Lan-Tarn

Lan-Tarn packages will be available to purchase before and during the event. You may choose to dedicate a Lan-tarn to a loved one you have lost and include their name and a message in our Book of Dedication. Or you may choose to decorate a Lan-Tarn in celebration of recovery or successful treatment and include a message of thanks to the wards/team or teams that helped you on your road to recovery in our Book Of Appreciation. However you may simply wish to decorate one of our Lan-tarns as a symbol of hope or to make a special wish.

Our Lan-Tarn Packages includes:

  •  Lan-Tarn ready for decoration
  • LED Tea Light (Battery Operated – No real candles please)
  • Postcard for your message into our Book of Dedication or Book of Appreciation

These cost just £4 with all profits going directly to Barnsley Hospital Charity. If you wish to pre-order your Lan-Tarn Package, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Otherwise you can pop along to the cashiers office and complete the Lan-Tarn Package Order form.

What can we expect on the night?

On the evening there will be the opportunity to decorate your Lan-Tarn if you haven’t already done so and from 6.30pm onward there will be our ‘Laying of the Lan-Tarns’ on the grass outside the hospital where we hope to complete a wonderful giant symbol of love and hope.

Throughout the event there will also be a variety of different stalls selling items such beauty products, children’s books and crafts, jewellery, homemade jams, Christmas goodies and sauces! There will also be entertainment, children’s rides & games and a range of hot food and refreshments.


Who can come along?

This event is open to people of all ages so come along and join us to help Light Up The Tarn with love this November.

Great North places – Register your interest!

In just under two weeks, Barnsley Hospital Charity can request Great North Run & Great North Swim places for 2019.

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Participants run between Newcastle upon Tyne and South Shields.

The Great North Swim, hosted at Brockhole on Windermere, is a fantastic weekend of open water swimming in the stunning Lake District. With distances to suit all levels and abilities you can enjoy a weekend in the great outdoors with friends and family. Take your pick from 250 metres, 1/2 a mile, 1 mile, 2 miles, 5k or a 10k.

If you are interested in participating in either of the Great North events for Barnsley Hospital Charity, please let the us know so that we can gage the number of places required.

To register your interested please call the Charity on 01226 431650 or email

Kate leads the way for The Well at Great North Run

Lead Complementary Therapist at The Well for Wellbeing, Kate Cadwell is taking to the streets of Newcastle to raise much needed funds for The Well.

The Great North Run is the largest half marathon in the world, taking place annually in North East England each September. Kate will take on the 13.1 mile route for the second time and is hoping to beat her personal best.

Why has Kate chosen The Well?

As Kate is the Lead Complementary Therapist at The Well, this is the reason she has chosen to raise funds for this wonderful cause. The Well at The Core is a service for people affected by cancer in Barnsley, providing six free beauty and complementary therapies for both men and women. Therapies are delivered by appropriately trained, skilled and experienced practitioners who offer a range of therapies which promote health and well-being. Although partly funded by the government, this funding does not cover the full cost of keeping this service running therefore The Well also heavily relies on the donations received from their local community. Therefore, Kate has decided it is her turn to act!

Kate said “After only running for 3 years, in 5 weeks time I will be undertaking the famous Great North Run, alongside Mo Farrar (I wish!)  for the second time! This massive event in the running calendar is undertaken by many hoping to raise a few pounds for their chosen charity, so this year I have chosen The Well.”

“As a therapist at The Well for Wellbeing at The Core, I know how much support it provides for patients in Barnsley who have had a cancer diagnosis. Providing therapeutic support from diagnosis, through treatment & beyond the Well is a safe space for patients to come, relax and leave their worries behind, whilst our expert team of therapists offer treatments and self help support to allow them to live as normally as possible during what can be a very traumatic time. Partially funded by the NHS/CCG it would be great to contribute to the running of this much needed & well used service.”

“Running 13.1 miles is no mean feat for me, so please donate to help keep me going… every little helps!”

If you would like to sponsor Kate and help raise vital funds, you can visit her Just Giving page here.

Choir raises money for cancer therapy centre

A choir raised £400 from a concert and donated it to a centre which offers complementary therapies for cancer patients in Barnsley.

The Ilesha Choir donated the funds to The Well at The Core on County Way, Barnsley, which offers treatments like oriental massage and beauty therapies.

Highly praised by patients, The Well offers reiki, brow and lash enhancements and a tailor-made service to teach people how to tie scarves and fit hats and wigs. It also offers advice on how to look after your scalp and hair during and after treatment for cancer.

The Ilesha Choir performed the fundraising concert – with an uplifting programme – on 23 March at St Paul’s Church, Barnsley. Tickets were £6 each and sold by The Well and Cancer Services at Barnsley Hospital. Although partly funded by the government, funding for The Well does not cover the full cost of keeping the service running, therefore The Well also heavily relies on community donations.

Kate Cadwell, a Complementary Therapist at The Well, said: “It was a truly fantastic evening of entertainment and we are delighted the choir chose to support The Well. The amount they raised is fantastic and will have a real positive impact on people in Barnsley affected by cancer who attend The Well. I left feeling very happy and uplifted as I am positive everyone else who attended did. “

The Ilesha Choir is a relatively new choir formed in 2010. It was named after Sheila Hoddle (Ilesha is an anagram of Sheila), a pianist and advisor to the choir, who has sadly died. Members sing in three-part harmony, soprano, mezzo-soprano and contralto and the repertoire includes a wide range of pieces including songs from the shows and traditional tunes, as well as modern.

The next choir concert is on 6 July at St Paul’s Church, Barnsley, when the choir will be raising funds so members can buy more equipment such as sheet music.

The women pictured are: Jennifer Tickle, Marjorie Parkin, Sue Rose, Sue Millar, Lesley Pilarek (from the Choir) along with Kate Cadwell (from The Well).

The Well receive local support from BOS

The Well for Wellbeing gets a helping hand

Local Barnsley office supply company, BOS have chosen to support The Well for Wellbeing service for people living with cancer with a donation of £600.   

The Well for Wellbeing service provides, free beauty and complementary therapies for both men and women affected by cancer from The Core in Barnsley

The aim of each therapy is to promote health and well-being in individuals, enabling them to live a life beyond a cancer diagnosis and the benefits are not just physical but also psychological.

Elliot Batty, Managing Director of BOS, on Summer Lane states “We choose a charity every year. What appealed to BOS this year was that The Well for Wellbeing services provide not only physical but also psychological assistance to those going through a traumatic time in their lives.” Elliot continues “Unfortunately more and more of us are affected by cancer one way or another so our contribution seemed fitting”.

Lisa Calvert, Charity Development Manager at Barnsley Hospital Charity who administer all donations to The Well for Wellbeing Service said “The Well service makes a real difference to people in Barnsley at a very difficult time in their lives; this donation from BOS is greatly appreciated. It will also help us spread awareness of the wonderful work that the team of staff and volunteers do at The Well.”

Alison Spencer, Business Support for Cancer Services at Barnsley Hospital explained “The support from BOS came out of the blue and will help The Well continue its great work. Although The Well is partly funded by the government this funding does not cover the full cost of keeping this service running therefore the help BOS offers will assist us in many ways from publicising what we do to supporting our fundraising efforts.”

Therapies include Acupuncture, Hypnotherapy, Massage, Reiki, Reflexology, paraffin wax, Shiatsu and a range of beauty therapies. There is also a tailor-made headwear service located on the chemotherapy unit where patients can buy hats & scarves at cost price and learn how to tie scarves following chemotherapy. The service is also supported by volunteers, some of whom have been affected by cancer; and who provide a wonderful meet and greet and reception service.

If you would like more information on what The Well offers, or would like to raise funds for this invaluable service or even volunteer then visit or call Barnsley Hospital Charity on 01226 431650.

Medstrom Healthcare spring to action in support of Heart Awards

Barnsley Hospital are delighted to announce that Medstrom Healthcare have chosen to support our staff Heart Awards Event by becoming an Award Sponsor. This years Heart Awards take place on 1st June 2018 and is our way to recognise the hard work and dedication our staff put in tirelessly across the entire Hospital. There are a number of Award Categories which recognise staff from all areas of the Trust and Medstrom have chosen to support the Team Outstanding Achievement (Clinical) Award.

Medstrom Healthcare is the only independent provider of bed management services to the NHS, managing over 20% of the UK’s acute bed and mattress fleet. They are an independent hospital bed manufacturer and supply specialist products and services to over 150 hospitals in the UK and Ireland. Medstrom provide ultra low hospital beds, bariatric hospital beds, paediatric cots, pressure redistributing mattresses and a bed transport system.

‘At Medstrom we pride ourselves on the quality of our team, the responsiveness and flexibility of our approach, our track record of improving patient outcomes and our ability to offer a unique service and product offering to our customers’.

Barnsley Hospital Charity exists to support care that goes above and beyond, and it is this level of dedication that we’re recognising on the night of our Heart Awards. We want to recognise our fantastic staff and volunteers for the amazing work they do every year. Lying at the heart of our community, the hospital touches every person in Barnsley at some point in their life. 

The Heart Awards provide a unique opportunity to affiliate your business not only with the hospital itself, but with the charity that supports it. If you would like to take advantage of this amazing opportunity and sponsor a future event, please get in touch with Barnsley Hospital Charity on 01226 431650 or email

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