Patient Care

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Complementary Therapy at Sunderland Royal Hospital

Bright Red are proud supporters of the complementary therapists at Sunderland Royal Hospital. We provided £3,500 of funding which helped provide 1,475 therapies, given to 992 patients.

Therapies included : Auricular acupuncture, massage, Indian head massage, reflexology, reiki, and mindful touch.

These therapies can make such a difference to patients. In fact of the 150 Patient Experience Survey’s submitted for the annual review, 100% of patients were satisfied with the services and the therapists.

Feedback included :

“I found the head massage very therapeutic and relaxing, well worth it, thank you”

 “The therapist was very informative and helpful; she made me feel at ease during my first treatment I will definitely come again”

 “Everything was discussed in a professional manner and I am looking forward to the next session”

 “I appreciated this treatment very much, helped me to relax and I enjoyed the pamper”

 

 

Birthday Party Raises £1,300 For Bright Red

We would like to say a huge thank you to Catherine Blakey, who decided to raise funds for Bright Red as part of her birthday celebrations.

It’s always incredibly kind for people to raise funds for charity, but we think there’s something really special and selfless when people forgo presents and gifts in order to help others.

It’s the kind of generosity, we see so often and it should be celebrated.

THANK YOU CATHERINE!

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£18,500 Given In Support Of Complementary Therapies Across Our Region

With the help of our donors, Bright Red have given out £18,500 of funding towards the costs associated with providing free, complementary therapies to hundreds of patients attending the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, Sunderland Royal Hospital and Hexham General.

Therapies include; reiki, massage, aromatherapy, relaxation sessions and reflexology.

These therapies help reduce anxiety and tension, relieves stress, aches and pains and can help with sleeping issues. Many of our supporters will know that we have provided funding for these treatments for a number of years, and hope to continue working with the therapists for as long as they are needed.

 

 

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The Banks Group Select Bright Red As 2018 Charity Of The Year

Staff at North East property and energy firm The Banks Group have chosen to adopt a regional cancer charity as their new dedicated fundraising cause.

Having raised £12,000 for The Alzheimer’s Society last year, employees at the Durham headquartered, family-owned firm have now voted to raise money for Bright Red throughout 2018.

Bright Red supports people across the north of England who are dealing with a wide range of blood cancers, such as leukaemias, lymphomas and myelomas, as well as other less common conditions.

It was nominated by David Wilson, a member of the company’s ICT team who was diagnosed with multiple myelomas in 2014 and subsequently treated at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, where Bright Red is headquartered.

David, who is from Darlington, received two successful bone marrow transplants in 2015 and is now in clinical remission. He has since done his own fundraising work in support of Bright Red, collecting around £1,000 so far.

He says: “Bright Red’s work has a direct impact on the patients in the ward where I received my treatment, where many of them have to spend considerable lengths of time in isolation, and they’ve been responsible for the refurbishment and improvement of a lot of its rooms.

“Creating a better environment can improve patients and their families’ experience at what are obviously very difficult times, and the fundraising work I’ve previously done was a small way of saying thank you for the difference it made to us.

“Having my colleagues choose to support Bright Red this year is fantastic news, and we’ve already spoken to them about a couple of new project ideas that this fundraising drive could help them bring to fruition.”

Bright Red works to help create the best possible treatment environments for patients with blood cancers and their families, to assist in the education of healthcare professionals who focus on treating these conditions and to promote world-leading research into the treatment of leukaemia, lymphoma, myeloma and bone marrow failures.

Care grants are awarded to projects taking place in any haematology unit across the region which will have a positive impact for many patients, such as the long-term funding of a Bright Red Outreach at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, while Lee Robson Patient Care Grants, which are named in memory of the charity’s first ambassador, are one off monetary awards given to patients in most need of financial assistance.

Staff from across Banks’ different businesses and locations will be undertaking a range of fundraising activities throughout the year, such as workplace lunches, dress down days, raffles and cake bakes, as well as participation in a number of different sporting and activity-related challenges.

More than £50,000 has been raised in total over the last five years for the Banks employees’ chosen charities, which have also included The Tiny Lives Trust, Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Integrating Children.

Sara Ellis, who is a member of The Banks Group’s charity fundraising committee, adds: “The types of blood cancer that Bright Red focuses on impact on the lives of thousands of families across our region, and the charity’s work is invaluable both to them and the medical staff leading the drive to find ever better treatments.

“Our employees always give their whole-hearted commitment to the good causes that they choose to adopt, and we know that the fundraising activities that are lined up so far for 2018 will be extremely well supported.”

Mark Thompson, chair of Bright Red and chief executive at Ryder Architecture, says: “Everyone at Bright Red is over the moon to be embarking on a partnership with The Banks Group team.

“As a relatively small, regional charity we heavily rely on the goodwill of the local community, so to receive support from an organization as well regarded as Banks means a great deal to us. The partnership will undoubtedly go a long way in supporting cancer patients in our region.’

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Complementary Therapy at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care

For the sixth year in a row Bright Red has provided funding to the Complementary Therapy Service at the Northern Centre for Cancer Care. The team of qualified therapists use gentle touch and relaxation techniques to achieve calming responses. These can evoke a sense of well-being which may help patients cope with some of the stresses caused by cancer and its treatment.

Every year we receive an evaluation from the team, and every year we are filled with a deep sense of pride, seeing just how valuable the service is. It is such a privilege to support such a hard working, dedicated team.

2017 Evaluation & Feedback

  • During 2017 nearly 2,670 (2,666) therapies were provided for patients in wards 33, 34, 35, 36 and the Sir Bobby Robson clinical trials unit, as well as a number of out-patients and patients attending for radiotherapy, who were particularly anxious.
  • Over 2,940 (2,942) patients received aromatherapy tissues, either alongside another therapy, or as a standalone therapy for the patients to have on the unit and to take home with them to aid relaxation. This figure continues to increase each year.
  • 100% of the surveyed patients rated the service as “10” the equivalent to excellent.
  • 100 % of the patients responded that they would recommend the service to other patients. One patient added “everyone”.
  • This much needed space is also used for anxious pre-treatment patients on the day of their treatment and by mobile in-patients who feel a short break from the ward environment would be beneficial (with ward staff approval).
  • We have also used this calming environment in collaboration with medical staff for very anxious patients who required NG Tube procedures with complementary therapy pre-procedure. Chemotherapy anticipatory nausea patients and on several occasions with the Sir Bobby Robson Team for high blood pressure (white coat syndrome) patients, which have proved very beneficial.
  • The team can now deliver improved out-patient access to the service ensuring equality to all NCCC patients.
  • Demand for the Therapy Room continues to increase each week and could eventual have its own diary if staffing and funding allowed in the future.
  • Collaboration with NCCC Physiotherapy Team has continued this year as part of their physiotherapy and occupational therapy student placement we now provide an introduction to complementary therapies within a clinical setting demonstrating how the services can work in harmony and the benefits which can be provided for patients. Feedback has been very positive and we believe we are the only directorate to offer this introduction.

‘The service really helped me at a time when I most needed it. Talking about my feelings and learning techniques to help proved invaluable.’

‘The service provides an extremely vital therapy both during and after cancer treatment’

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Bright Red Secures £10,000 of National Lottery Funding

We are delighted to share the news that we have recently secured £10,000 of National Lottery Funding to help with the creation of our ‘Fighting Blood Cancer’ App, which will be made in collaboration with local charity Anxious Minds.
As part of our ongoing commitment to making the north the best place for blood cancer patients, we felt it was vital that we looked for something to help a growing issue with patients – anxiety. Anxiety can be a difficult issue to address. Mental health issues is an area which is seriously underfunded across the board, so patients who need help are often waiting for a few days to be seen, other patients are not able to attend support groups. This means that often the opportunity to help patients can be lost, and anxiety can escalate.
What we want to do with the app is bridge the gap, and help patients build skills and reduce anxiety on their own, until they can be supported further. We also hope that by introducing this we will be able to encourage users to be more open to the idea of seeking help for anxiety and signpost them to specialist support groups when they are well enough.
We are excited to get started on this project!

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Freemasons Support Bright Red

Bright Red is one of only 300 charities across England and Wales invited to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to celebrate the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

We recently caught up with Phil Sanderson, one of our wonderful Ambassadors and the gentleman responsible for putting us forward for this award. We were delighted to meet some of his brethren, and learn more about how they’re helping secure votes for Bright Red.

You still have time to vote for us and we really need your help spreading the word.

You can now cast your vote via : https://mcf.org.uk/region/northumberland/

In case you are not aware, we will be using funds raised from this donation to expand our Lee Robson Patient Care Grant provision. We currently restrict these grants to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, however there has long been a need to make them available right across our region.

It is estimated that 77% of blood cancer patients experience some financial hardship – this is largely due to a drop in income at a time when outgoings often increase. Due to the sheer size of our region, meaning longer journeys to and from hospital, and the high unemployment rates, things can often be very difficult for patients in the north.

Our last grant was given to a 27-year-old patient with terminal blood cancer. The patient is now unable to leave the hospital and the family need to drive for 70 miles to attend the Freeman Hospital. A 140-mile trip. The cost soon adds up – so it’s vital that we help this family maintain visits at this precious time.
This is one recent example, out of hundreds, to show just how important these grants are.

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Please vote for us & help Bright Red secure £25,000

Bright Red is one of only 300 charities across England and Wales invited to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to celebrate the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

You can now cast your vote via : https://mcf.org.uk/region/northumberland/

We will be using funds raised from this donation to expand our Lee Robson Patient Care Grant provision. We currently restrict these grants to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, however there has long been a need to make them available right across our region.

It is estimated that 77% of blood cancer patients experience some financial hardship – this is largely due to a drop in income at a time when outgoings often increase. Due to the sheer size of our region, meaning longer journeys to and from hospital, and the high unemployment rates, things can often be very difficult for patients in the north.

Just last week we authorised a grant for a 27-year-old patient with terminal blood cancer. The patient is now unable to leave the hospital and the family need to drive for 70 miles to attend the Freeman Hospital. A 140-mile trip. The cost soon adds up – so it’s vital that we help this family maintain visits at this precious time.

This is one recent example, out of hundreds, to show just how important these grants are.

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Can you help us win £25,000?

Bright Red  is one of only 300 charities across England and Wales invited to apply for a grant of up to £25,000 to celebrate the launch of the Masonic Charitable Foundation and the 300th anniversary of the United Grand Lodge of England.

Voting opened on 12 June and will close on the 31 July. It only takes a minute to cast you vote and you can do so via : https://mcf.org.uk/region/northumberland/

We will be using funds raised from this donation to expand our Lee Robson Patient Care Grant provision. We currently restrict these grants to the Northern Centre for Cancer Care, however there has long been a need to make them available right across our region.

It is estimated that 77% of blood cancer patients experience some financial hardship – this is largely due to a drop in income at a time when outgoings often increase. Due to the sheer size of our region, meaning longer journeys to and from hospital, and the high unemployment rates, things can often be very difficult for patients in the north.

We really need your help to secure as many votes as possible! Please encourage your friends, family and colleagues to vote too.

https://mcf.org.uk/region/northumberland/

 

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Santander Support Bright Red

We want to say a huge thank you to Santander for supporting our new project ‘Managing Finances Through Cancer’. The Santander Community Fund recently donated £5,000 towards the project, which will enable us to host several courses right across our region.

We look forward to sharing more information with you all shortly.

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