Colchester Hospitals Charity

HQ Location: 
Essex

Location of benefit: 
UK only (local)

CoHoC helps Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust (the Trust) do more for the patients cared for by its staff. Often, there is a new piece of equipment, more up-to-date technologies, and newer fixtures and fittings that will improve the patients’ environment. It’s these extras – some small, some large – which are above and beyond the scope of the NHS budget that really make a difference to patients and the care that our staff can deliver.
CoHoC works in these key areas:
•    improving the hospital environment for patients and staff
•    new equipment
•    additional staff training and education.
Recent examples of items paid for by voluntary donations include:
•    digital heart scanner for the Special Care Baby Unit (£42,323)
•    more comfortable chairs for patients receiving radiotherapy at Essex County Hospital (£2,979)
•    a water cooler for patients attending clinics (£76)
•    materials for the award-winning Tiptree Box’ which is used to help patients with dementia (£240).

Colchester Hospitals Charity in the News

Grateful husband to attempt 1,000 miles in 24 hours for unit

June 2012: A motorcyclist will this weekend (23rd/24th) attempt to ride 1,000 miles in 24 hours to raise funds for the critical care unit at Colchester General Hospital.

Andy McGowan will begin his journey on his 900cc Triumph Speedster from outside the hospital's Main Entrance at 10am on Saturday (23rd).

He plans to return to the hospital 24 hours and 1,000 miles later at the end of a journey that will take in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Carlisle, Manchester, Birmingham, Bristol and London.

He was inspired to raise money for the critical care unit after his wife, Sarah McGowan, who is also deputy sister at the hospital's Elmstead Day Unit, spent a day there in January after she became ill following surgery.

Andy, who is 47, of Broadlands, Colchester, said: "She was really poorly and it was such a worrying time but I was so impressed by the care she was given.

"There were tubes and monitors everywhere but a nurse took me and our daughter Siobhan into the family room on the unit and explained everything.

"She was so good to us and we found it very reassuring, and Sarah was looked after with such respect and dignity, dedication and professionalism."

Sarah, 44, who has made a full recovery after spending a fortnight in hospital, will wave her husband off on Saturday.

Motorcycling enthusiast Andy, who has done charity rides before, hopes to raise a total of £1,000 - a pound for every mile. He wants the money to be used to buy portable TV/DVD players for the critical care unit and to upgrade its family room.

Ex-soldier Andy is a member of The Royal British Legion Riders Branch and the Artificers Masonic Motorcycle Association and a committee member of the East Anglia D-Day Memorial Ride (which raises money for the Army Benevolent Fund).

It will be the first time he has attempted 1,000 miles in 24 hours (an average of 42mph) but stresses he will be riding safely and will rest at service stations for naps if he feels tired. His current Speedmaster is one-year old and is his third.

Late June is a popular time for motorcycling enthusiasts to attempt 1,000 miles in 24 hours because the days are so long.

The McGowans' daughter Siobhan, 23, works as a nurse on Great Tey Ward at Colchester General Hospital and their son Liam, 20, works in a call centre.

Source: CHC Press Release