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May 2017

Fun Run raises money for local children’s unit

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On Saturday 13 May over 350 people took part in the first ever Children’s unit 10K event.  

The event took place at Hinchingbrooke Country Park where people took part in a 5k or 10k run, or a 5k walk and buggy/wheelchair push. The participants were of all ages, from 8 week old babies in prams to grandparents. They included staff, patients and their families and members of the general public.

Matthew Winn, Chief Executive of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust which runs Holly ~Ward and the Special Care Baby Unit was there to start both the run and the buggy push and said: “We were overwhelmed by the fabulous support shown by local families who, alongside our amazing staff, did a fantastic job raising funds for our children’s services.

“A huge thank you also to staff, the Rotary Club and members of Dreamdrops (Huntingdon’s Children’s Charity) who helped marshal the event, as well as the Kier Group, Tesco and Little Aqua Swim for sponsoring us and raising money for new equipment. The atmosphere was fantastic and everyone had a great time.”

The event was the brain child of Dr Kate Riley and Staff Nurse, Kathryn Childs, who after struggling to put a drip in an unwell toddler decided that if they had a piece of equipment called an Accuvein the procedure would have been easier and more importantly less traumatic for their young patient.

Kate said: “The Accuvein is a special infra-red light which allows the position of blood vessels not visible to the naked eye to be identified. The cost of this device is £3000 and the majority of those in use around the country are purchased following fund raising events. Every penny raised by the participants will be used towards the purchase of the Accuvein.

“I am so pleased with how the event went and I am delighted that we will almost certainly be able to buy the equipment we need to make blood tests and drips easier for babies and children. I want to say a huge thank you to all involved – and yes we may do it again next year!”

The target was to raise £7000 to cover the cost of two Accuveins and stands. Thanks to everyone’s support they have already raised over £6000! Anyone wishing to make a donation can do so via the justgiving page at: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/childrensunit10kFamily and Friends of Mya Best who ran in her memory

April 2017

Easter fun raises money for local Children’s Unit

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Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity ‘dreamdrops’ has received a donation of £162 for the Children’s Unit at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.The money, was donated by Churchill Catering Ltd, part of Cambridgeshire Police headquarters, through an Easter charity event with all proceeds going to a charity of their choice, this year they chose ‘dreamdrops’.Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of the ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee said: “We are extremely grateful to Churchill Catering for their very generous donation.“The money will be used to purchase sensory toys for the new Autism Friendly area in the Children’s Outpatient area.”

Philip Valentine, from Churchill Catering said: “’dreamdrops’ was chosen as our local charity this year and staff and officers at the Police headquarters guessed how many eggs were in a jar at a cost of £1 per go, and we also sold homemade cupcakes at 50p each. All the proceeds raised will go to ‘dreamdrops’. It was a huge success and we were more than happy to help the local children’s unit.”

Money raised through ‘dreamdrops’ is used to provide additional items for the Special Care Baby Unit and Children’s Ward, as well as children who are cared for at home. For further information on how you can help raise funds for the charity please visit www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

(Photo: Left to right – Lesley Baldock, Karen Cooper, Competition winners Bill Nisbett, Lucy Thomson, Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of dreamdrops, Philip Valentine, Tina Young and Nina Hull).

 

March 2017

New Parent’s Room officially opened at local Special Care Baby Unit

   

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity ‘dreamdrops’ has received a donation enabling them to officially open the new parent’s room at the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) based at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

The new parent’s room and two new toilets that have recently been built onto the Unit, were formally opened by the Guests of Honour, Meera Wiggett and her daughter, Maia, who spent time on the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) after being born six weeks prematurely, weighing just 3lb 1oz.

The money for the new mother’s room was raised at a Fun Day at Loves Farm in St Neots and enabled the charity to purchase a new bed, bedclothes, duvet, pillows, standard light and a lovely canvas picture for the room. In addition, Colin Dunn, a close family friend persuaded the company he works for, Ernst and Young, to ‘match-fund’ some of the money raised, which has enabled the purchase of a TV with a DVD for the room.

Anne-Marie Hamilton, ‘dreamdrops’ Chairman said: “To have the new mother’s room and also the ‘Loo for SCBU’ has long been the dream of the staff and many of the patients who have used SCBU over the years. It is a real privilege to see the dream finally come true, thanks to Meera, her family and friends, the Board of Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and the many generous, local people who have donated to ‘dreamdrops’ since the charity was first established. It is a truly wonderful achievement.”

Maia was diagnosed with holes in her heart and spent six weeks in SCBU before being transferred to Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) for interim heart surgery, when the family received more unexpected news. They found Maia was having difficulty breathing and she was diagnosed with long segment tracheal stenosis (narrowing of the trachea, which provides air to and from the lungs) and this had to take priority over her heart surgery.

At just two months old, surgeons performed a slide tracheoplasty, a pioneering surgery technique that shortens the trachea but makes it wider and stronger. The technique was developed at GOSH to widen a child’s airways so they can breathe. Maia’s surgery was a success and after six weeks recovering in GOSH, Maia was transferred to Hinchingbrooke Hospital, until she was strong enough to go home with her family.

A few months after her trachea operation, Maia returned to GOSH for more surgery to repair the holes in her heart. After day 5, Maia was determined to make a full recovery, and 2 weeks after the operations, Maia was soon well enough to go home again.

Meera said: “Maia’s time on the Special Care Baby Unit was invaluable. Both the doctors and nurses provided Maia with the care she needed so she was strong enough to go through the major surgery that was required to save her life.

“SCBU have been there for us as a family. Not just for Maia, but for us as parents, and we can’t thank them enough. We held a Family Fun Day in St Neots to raise money for the Unit, and we are delighted and honoured to be here today with Maia to open this amazing Parent’s room.

“We hope this helps other families who are also here, and we will continue to support SCBU in the future and support them in the fantastic work they do. Maia is making great progress and is now a very talkative 2 year old toddler.”

Money raised through ‘dreamdrops’ is used to provide additional items for the Special Care Baby Unit and Children’s Ward, as well as children who are nursed at home. For further information on how you can help raise funds for the charity, please visit www.dreamdropschildrenscharity.org or email dreamdrops.dreamdrops@nhs.net.

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Sarah Hughes (Matron for Acute Children’s Services), Tracy James (SCBU Ward Manager), Joan Pope (SCBU Housekeeper), Mandie Wiggett with baby Kyan, Meera Wiggett with Maia Wiggett, Anne Marie Hamilton (Chairman for Dreamdrops), Anne Whiley (SCBU Nursery Nurse), Charlie Spanton with baby Tommy, Zoe Page with Alfie and Claire Exton with baby Freddie.

Photo 2: Meera and Maia cutting the ribbon

Photo 3: Maia during her treatment

 

January 2017RAf Wyton Dreamdrops presentation

RAF donation raises funds for local Children’s Unit

Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust’s charity ‘dreamdrops’ has received a donation of £1,500 for Holly Ward at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

The money, which was raised by RAF Wyton’s Darts Association, is being used to purchase those little extras to make the children’s stay on the ward more comfortable.

Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of the ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee said: “We are extremely grateful to RAF Wyton for their continued support, and for this very generous donation.

“The money will enable us to buy two Etch-a-Sketchs to keep the children occupied when they are ill in bed, plus some much-needed new cot mobiles which can withstand regular cleaning, and also an iPad which will be used not only as a pain distraction, but will also help staff to communicate with patients who cannot communicate verbally/speak English.”

RAF Wyton’s Station Charities Fund Committee works on behalf of the Commanding Officer, Wing Commander Phil Owen organising station charity events. The committee helps to identify local charities and good causes in the local community, with the aim of providing charitable donations.

The money donated was raised through their Darts League which takes place twice a year, with between 18 and 20 players participating in each. Every time a match is played, the players pay £1 to play, along with a series of “fines” throughout the season.  On Finals Night, they also run football cards with half the winnings going to their chosen charity, the last two winners kindly donating their winnings to ‘dreamdrops’.

Warrant Officer Anthony Booth said: “’dreamdrops’ was chosen because we wanted to support a local charity that provides an invaluable service to the community, and with most of the players having small children, the ‘dreamdrops’ charity seemed the bvious choice, and we are proud to support such a worthwhile organisation.”

(Photo: Anne-Marie Hamilton, chairman of dreamdrops, Senior Aircraftman Martyn Eskrett, Staff Sergeant Liam Asquith, Senior Aircraftman Tom New and Senior Aircraftman Richard Stanbridge)

Dreamdrops Tesco Donation (website)Children’s Charity receives a Little Help donation from Huntingdon Tesco Extra

A charity which supports children and their families at Hinchingbrooke Hospital is to rejuvenate its sensory room, thanks to a £1,000 donation from Tesco Extra in Huntingdon.

Dreamdrops – Huntingdonshire Children’s Charity, makes a real difference to children and families who use hospital or specialist children’s health facilities.

It fundraises for the hospital’s Children’s Unit – Holly Ward – and the Special Care Baby Unit, Huntingdonshire’s only neo-natal unit, which is run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and cares for premature and sick babies as well as supporting children who are nursed in the community.

The donation is part of Tesco’s commitment to support local community groups and charities and will pay for a rejuvenated sensory room at the hospital, which can be used by child patients and those visiting for assessment and other appointments.

Anne-Marie Hamilton, chairman of the charity, visited the Tesco Extra store in Abbots Ripton Road, Sapley, to receive the cheque from store manager Guy Schwabe and Community Champion Alyce Barber.

Store manager Guy Schwabe said: “The money raised by the charity is used to provide those items that can help make a child’s hospital stay more comfortable, support young patients and their families at home and get the latest equipment to improve a patient’s experience.

“We are delighted to be able to help out with this donation and hope the children enjoy the sensory room when it opens.”

Anne-Marie Hamilton, chairman of the charity, said: “We are absolutely delighted with the donation, which we will use to get the sensory room in the children’s outpatient department back up and running as it is currently closed because it needed refurbishing and updating.

“This is used by children visiting the outpatients department for appointments, children from the wards, who are well enough to walk downstairs, and, during the holidays, children with disabilities or life-limiting illnesses.”

December 2016

Local dad to embark on 100 mile trek to raise money for Holly children’s ward

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Huntingdonshire resident, Jonathan Smith, plans to walk 100 miles from Hunstanton to Lowestoft in 2017 to raise money for the Holly children’s ward run by Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

Jonathan explains:

“My son was taken very ill the summer before last. After two weeks of having an every day cold, followed by sinusitis, he woke up one day with his left eye so purple and swollen he could hardly open it. He was rushed to hospital and diagnosed with orbital cellulitis putting him at high risk of blood poisoning, losing his eye or hearing or, even worse, meningitis.  After two weeks of intensive drug treatment, he thankfully recovered.  Having spent every day and night by his side and feeling totally helpless, I decided to raise money to buy more toys, computers and iPads having seen how those already on Holly ward provided a welcome distraction,  enabling the kids to just be children again, irrespective of their illness or condition. Over two days in Summer 2017, I will be walking nearly 100 miles continuously, day and night, from Hunstanton to Lowestoft including along the Norfolk and England coastal paths.”

Fund raising for the children’s Holly ward is nothing new to Jonathan explains Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of the Dreamdrops children’s charity:

“Jonathan is an inspiration. In 2016 he completed a 2 day sponsored training weekend including a night trek of Mount Snowdon, used to train those attempting to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. With minimal sleep, he reached the summit at 4.30 a.m. on the second day.   How he did it, I’m not sure, particularly as he had been unable to train for six weeks prior to the climb due to a back injury.”

Jonathan added:

“I have seen how something as simple as a common cold can turn into something that nearly cost us dearly. My son’s illness and hospitalisation was so stressful, particularly as my wife was also heavily pregnant at the time, and I really cannot thank the doctors and nurses enough. Whilst the challenges I have faced have been daunting, raising funds is incredibly rewarding and I’d encourage others to do so; it doesn’t have to involve physical challenges, just donating whatever you can afford makes a difference.  I visited the ward recently and it was great to see how the money I have raised so far as been spent on toys and equipment and to hear how the funds I hope to raise with the coastal walk would be used.”

Sarah Hughes, Matron for acute children’s services said “Jonathan has not only raised over £700 himself, he has inspired others to do so. He persuaded Liverpool Football Club and the band UB40 to donate items for auction and Tesco’s coffee shop in Huntingdon raised £250 for us having been approached by Jonathan.   Everyone on the ward is very grateful to him and the toys and equipment he has funded are making a real difference to the children we care for during their time on the ward.  We wish him every success with his 100 mile trek!”

If you would like to donate to Jonathan’s fund-raising coastal walk visit:

https://www.justgiving.com/Jonathan-Smith57

 

July 2016

VIV GOLDING’S RETIREMENT PARTY

Pictures kindly provided by Ken Challenger

Family, friends and colleagues gather together to thank Viv, and help her to celebrate her retirement as ‘dreamdrops’ administrator

Family, friends and colleagues gather together to thank Viv, and help her to celebrate her retirement as ‘dreamdrops’ administrator

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Viv Golding, Guest of Honour, cuts the ribbon to re-open the refurbished Outside Activity area in Outpatients at the Children’s Unit.

Some of the new wall plaques in the Outdoor Activity area, provided by Mr and Mrs Steve Cracknell

Some of the new wall plaques in the Outdoor Activity area, provided by Mr and Mrs Steve Cracknell

Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of ‘dreamdrops’, presents Viv with a cartoon on behalf of the Fund-Raising Committee

Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of ‘dreamdrops’, presented Viv with a cartoon on behalf of the Fund-Raising Committee

DYSON FANS HELP PATIENTS AND FAMILIES DURING THE RECENT HEATWAVE

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The Fundraising Committee are very grateful to the James Dyson Foundation who have provided three fans and one Pure Cool Link to use for Holly Ward and SCBU. More information about the work the James Dyson Foundation does can be found at www.jamesdysonfoundation.com.

KING OF THE BELGIANS PUBLIC HOUSE, HARTFORD RAISE FUNDS FOR ‘DREAMDROPS’
The Fundraising Committee would also like to acknowledge a £1,500 donation from the King of the Belgians Public House in Hartford raised at a fundraising weekend held at the Pub. This money has also gone towards purchasing some more Dyson fans and we would like to thank everyone involved for this donation.

 

March 2016

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February 2016

NEW INCUBATOR COVERS AND COT CANOPIES FOR SCBU

Thanks to our supporters ‘dreamdrops’ has been able to purchase some new covers, cot canopies and nesting plaits for the incubators on SCBU. These are all made of soft but decorated materials and are designed to create more ‘womb like’ conditions for the premature babies. They are designed to muffle noise, protect the baby from light and cocoon them. As the baby gets more mature they then help the staff to acclimatise the baby to a more day and night routine.

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ALADDIN – BURGESS HALL ST. IVES – 16TH JANUARY 2016

Thanks to our supporters, children and their families involved with the Hospital enjoyed a wonderfully entertaining performance of Aladdin on Saturday afternoon put on by the Centre Players.

‘dreamdrops’ are grateful to the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle who made a contribution towards the purchase of the tickets.  Also a big thank you for the private donation from a member of the Club.

December 2015

WILLOW CLASS HELPS HOLLY WARD

Anne-Marie Hamilton visiting the school to collect the money the children raised.

WILLOW CLASS DONATION TO HOLLY WARD, HINCHINGBROOKE HOSPITAL

‘A couple of weeks ago we held a scone sale and we had to choose a local charity and I put forward Dreamdrops.  This reason is that as a young child I spent a lot of time at Hinchingbrooke and I used the things provided by Dreamdrops such as the Thomas the Tank Engine train set, electronic connect 4, the TVs, colouring, outdoor play area and much more that you provide.  It provides a great distraction when you have to be in hospital.  Also I always enjoy the Christmas parties!  I am very proud to give £70 that we raised for you!’

This presentation speech was made by Joe who nominated ‘dreamdrops’ and presented the money that was raised by the members of Willow Class, Gt. Paxton Primary School, following a very successful Scone Sale.

(18th December 2015)

HALIFAX HELPING HOLLY WARD

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The Huntingdon Branch of the Halifax Building Society held an Xmas Treats Stall to raise money for Holly Ward.  Customers were tempted with Mince Pies, Sausage Rolls, Xmas Cakes and other treats which went down so well they carried it on over two days.

COMMUNITY BOOK PLEDGE PROVIDING BOOKS FOR HOLLY WARD PATIENTS

As part of a nationwide initiative local Usborne Organisers were offered the chance to add valuable reading resources through a partnership between local businesses and other community organisations and Usborne Books at Home and School, a respected children’s publishers.

Marie Gleed wrote to local businesses, friends and schools to invite them to make a small donation to buy a book or books for Holly Ward to increase their much loved book stock. Thanks to friends, The One Group, Bosch-Rexroth, Abcam and Pendragon Community Primary School Marie has raised a magnificent £740 to provide books for the children who use Holly Ward.

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The picture shows Marie Gleed presenting some of the books to Liz Webb, the Play Leader on Holly, Karen Prestage, ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee member and Sarah Hughes, Matron for Acute Children’s Services. Liz and Sarah are delighted with such a wide range of books for all ages and thanked Marie for all she has done to achieve this.

SENSORY GARDEN READY FOR CHRISTMAS SWITCH ON

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Thank you Katie Edmonds, Jenny Didcoll, Wendy Fell and Michael Lee from  the Norwich & Peterborough Building Society who helped dreamdrops fundraising committee members give a Winter Tidy up and planting to make the garden spick and span for the Christmas Tree to be switched on in time for the children’s Christmas Party.

October 2015

SPOOKTACULAR FUNDRAISING EFFORTS FOR THE SPECIAL CARE BABY UNIT

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Jon Pinder, Business Director of Winglands Foods presented a cheque for £4,500 to Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of “dreamdrops” fundraising committee and Tracy James, Neo-natal Manager on SCBU along with a ‘giant’ pumpkin which had been carved by Shannon Watkins and Kim Griffiths. Employees at Wingland Foods voted for dreamdrops as their chosen charity for 2015 after Rob Stevens who is a Produce Manager put the charity forward. Rob’s daughter Alice spent seven weeks on the ward before losing her fight for life. The money was raised through a charity golf day, cake bakes and raffles and they will continue to raise money for “dreamdrops” until the end of the year.

 

OUR WONDERFUL WENDY HOUSE

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In the beginning …

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Up with the roof

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Sealing the roof

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Mass Mastantuono (director of Beaver Sheds Ltd) handing over the keys to Liz

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Liz Sloman, the Play Leader opening the door on the completed Wendy House

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A Job Well Done
Mass Mastantuono, Dean Peat and Damian Klimczak.

 

 

GREAT EASTERN RUN HALF MARATHON RAISING MONEY FOR SCBU

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Josh Wicks and Luke Thomas ran the Great Eastern Run Half Marathon to raise over £500 for the Special Care Baby Unit.  Luke is pictured holding Archie who spent 5 days in the unit as he was born with pneumonia.  This is their way of saying thankyou to the fantastic staff on SCBU.

NATIONAL CITIZEN SERVICE raising awareness of the work Holly Ward carries out

A group of youngsters completing their National Citizen Service released more than 50 balloons in an array of colours from the hospital’s sensory garden.  The project started after the group aged from 16-24 decided that they wanted to raise money for Holly Ward and dreamdrops charity which helps raise money for the ward.  The young fundraisers took their message to Holly Ward to get the nurses and children involved.  The children on the ward were asked to sign a tag that went onto the balloons before they were released.  The group hopes that the balloons and tags will now inspire people to donate to dreamdrops .

August 2015

As part of a nationwide initiative Marie Gleed, Indpendent Usborne Organiser, is continuing the Community Pledge and is asking local businesses to give a donation towards books for Holly Ward to increase their much loved stock.  Please contact Marie on Mgleed.ub@outlook.com if you would like to be involved.  Marie has already raised £600.

July 2015

RIDE FOR ALICE 2015

All riders and Alices parents

When baby Alice was diagnosed with a serious genetic condition that claimed her life, “the world stopped” for her parents Rob and Zoe. The Special Care Baby Unit in Hinchingbrooke Hospital became their home over the next few weeks. Seven weeks and two days later Alice lost her fight for life. She was taken to East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices (EACH) where the staff “took care of everything” for her final journey. Rob and Zoe said that the compassion and care of the staff at SCBU md EACH made their nightmare days bearable and decided to raise funds for the hospice and dreamdrops .

With the help of their supportive family and friends they organised a ‘ride for Alice’ which took place on Saturday 11th July. Rob and 11 friends cycled 120 miles starting at EACH Norwich visiting hospices in Ipswich and Cambridge before finishing at Hinchingbrooke. To date they have raised £7,000 which will be shared between the two charities.

Pictures of the riders and more details of the fundraising activities can be found on www.rideforalice.co.uk

March 2015

FUNDS RAISED FOR SATURATION MONITORS

Presentation of sats machine to dreamdrops charity by the RAF Wyton Charities Fund

Private Kirsty Mee, a chef from 42 Engineer (Geographic) and Warrant Officer Don MacLarty, Station Community Officer from RAF Wyton handing over the portable saturation monitors to Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of ‘dreamdrops’ and Rachel Worbey, Children’s Continuing Care Junior Sister.

The money raised by RAF Wyton Station Charities Fund Committee was used to purchase two portable saturation monitors which allows 24 hour surveillance of blood level oxygen levels in the home and prevents children having to go into hospital. The monitors also mean that children and babies are able to be discharged from hospital earlier where the nursing staff can support them in their own home environment.

The money was raised through a Charity Christmas Cake Competition, organised by Private Kirsty Mee. A total of 15 cakes were entered into the competition, and the subsequent charity auction was overseen by Major Steve Cross.

November 2014

MINI 3D PAIN DISTRACTION UNIT IS A “WORLD FIRST

A huge thankyou to the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle who kindly offered to buy the mini mobile 3D Interactive Pain Distraction Unit, a world first, which was designed to fit into a suitcase by Amazing Interactives, a company that specialises in 3D film and computer programming.  Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of the ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee approached the company 18 months ago to see if it was possible for them to design a mobile unit for use in the local community.   A lot of time and effort has been put into the whole project, not only by the NHS and Amazing Interactives, but also with help and guidance from Tony Moss, a computer expert from the Rotary Club as well as other members of the club. The machine will revolutionise children’s treatment and is causing real interest in other areas of the NHS, with one London hospital already interested in purchasing a unit.

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Photograph shows Pravin Jethwa, Sales Director, Amazing Interactives, Liz Sloman, Play Specialist, CCS NHS Trust, Members of the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle and Anne-Marie Hamilton, Chairman of ‘dreamdrops’ fundraising committee.

6th September 2014

MICKY AND MINNIE HAVING FUN AT THE FAMILY FUN DAY AT THE BELL, SAWTRY

Micky and Minnie enjoying the fun to raise money for dreamdrops on 6th September 2014.  Thanks to Emma’s Fundraising and Sam Hazell, Organisers of the event who raised a grand total of £961.39 for dreamdrops.

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13th July 2014

Kimbolton Country Fair 

Anne-Marie Hamilton, the Chairman of the Fundraising Committee attended the fayre, which is run jointly by the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle and the Sporting Bears, to promote the charity.

12th July 2014

Summertime Special

Fundraising Committee members attended a Hog Roast Supper and full card “Race Meeting” organised by the Rotary Club of Huntingdon which  raise £1,000 for the Special Care Baby Unit.

14th June 2014

Bromswold Bike Fest

230 cyclists of all ages and cycling ability went to Leighton Bromswold to pedal for charity and helped to raise a fantastic £4614 for three charities (Macmillan Cancer Support, Special Needs School, St. Neots and dreamdrops).  Everyone really enjoyed the day and there was a wonderful atmosphere achieving great success for the organisers who held a cycling event that would appeal to all ages whilst raising money for charities.

31 August 2013

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Karen Prestage and Isabelle Dickens working on the stand to promote dreamdrops
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The dreamdrops team had a very happy day promoting the charity at St Neots Summer Festival which was organised on Saturday 31 August jointly by the Rotary Club of St Neots St Marys and St Neots Town Council.  The main feature of the day was Dragon Boat Racing on the River Ouse which drew a large crowd from the St Neots area and proved very popular on this beautiful riverside location.

29 July 2013

Stuart Silby, past president of the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle presenting Mags Hirst, Play Specialist for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Anne-Marie Hamilton, Dreamdrops Chairman with a cheque for more than £1,100 for toys for children with special care needs

Stuart Silby, past president of the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle presenting Mags Hirst, Play Specialist for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Anne-Marie Hamilton, Dreamdrops Chairman with a cheque for more than £1,100 for toys for children with special care needs

Stuart Silby, past president of the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle presenting Mags Hirst, Play Specialist for Cambridgeshire Community Services NHS Trust and Anne-Marie Hamilton, Dreamdrops Chairman with a cheque for more than £1,100 for toys for children with special care needs.  All of the toys use some or all of the children’s senses, such as a toy containing lavender where the calming properties can be used to help relax agitated children.  Also purchased was a laser sky projector which can calm and relax children by providing soothing stimulation – young children often fall asleep whilst it is working.  Anne-Marie said, “we are delighted to have received this cheque from the Rotary Club of Kimbolton Castle.  The toys purchased will make a significant difference and give great pleasure to the children and families who use the children’s continuing care team in Huntingdonshire”.

28 March 2013

Rotoract Club of Huntingdon raises £255 for dreamdrops

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Anne-Marie Hamilton receiving cheque from Mark Cardwell

25 October 2012

Children’s Unit Sensory Garden ‘Tactile Wall’ Opening

Dreamdrops sensory garden tactile wall at Hinchinbrook Hospital

Longsands Academy, St Neots students join The One Show’s Gardening Expert Christine Walkden, Clive Cakebread the President of the Rotary Club of St Neots St Marys and Anne-Marie Hamilton, chairman, dreamdrops to officially open the new tactile wall at Hinchingbrooke Hospital.

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Hunts Children’s Charity Picks Up NHS Award

Anne-Marie Hamilton, CCS chairman Heather Peck, Vivien Golding, dreamdrops charity administrator and Mike Andrews, member of the Dreamdrops fundraising committee.

Anne-Marie Hamilton, CCS chairman Heather Peck, Vivien Golding, dreamdrops charity administrator and Mike Andrews, member of the Dreamdrops fundraising committee.

Thanks to Susanna Warren, and the Co-operative Store in St. Ives we now have another 3D Pain Distraction Unit on the ground floor of Holly Ward.  The staff at the St. Ives store have fundraised tirelessly over the last year for dreamdrops and the Co-operative have match funded their efforts.  A big thank you to everyone involved.

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Emily Shepperson who has raised a significant amount of money for the Special Care Baby Unit and we are very grateful to her and Barclays Bank in Huntingdon for their support. Emily is a Phoenix Trader and nominates ‘dreamdrops’ to receive £100 from Phoenix International Charity.

Kirsty Pope and Tim Payne continue to raise money for Holly Ward through Imogen’s Fundraising and have held a Teddy Bears Picnic, a Casino Night and a Christmas Afternoon Tea and Craft Fayre.

SAC Brady Andrews, Rob Limb and Shane Mutimer and Flight Sergeant Tony Booth set up a darts league for personnel on RAF Wyton base and agreed that everyone should pay £1 each time they played a game which would be donated to dreamdrops. To boost their fundraising they also held tournaments that anybody could enter and the grand total of £620 was presented to Anne-Marie Hamilton in December.  The money has been spent to help children with speech and language difficulties in the local area.

Longsands Dreamdrops Presentation

Key Stage 3 teenagers from Longsands Academy raised £1,663 to help kit out the Teenage Room on Holly Ward  through a Christmas Bazaar in December.  More than 900 pupils  took part in the event, which saw 30 forms raise money for dreamdrops.  The funds will go towards updating the Teenage Room with new entertainment equipment with a group of Longsands Academy pupils invited to the hospital to give feedback and advice on what others they age may like, such as updated computer games and consoles, music players and a new TV. Christine Luckham, Holly Ward Manager receives the cheque for dreamdrops from Longsands pupils, Scott Sands, Georgia Webster, Emily Jack and Head of Willow School at Longsands Mr. David.  Work will begin on the Teenage room shortly.

Natalie Beecher has raised over £2,800 by running the Virgin London Marathon.  The dreamdrops fundraising committee and staff on Holly Ward cannon thank Natalie enough for raising an amazing amount of money.

Amie Thorpe, a local Cambourne based mother and Usborne Indpendent Organiser has provided 60  new books for the children and their brothers and sisters. to read on Holly ward.  The ward cannot receive secondhand books and Amie has started The Community Pledge by contacting local businesses who have donated money for the new books and so far has raised £360.  The Community Pledge will continue and if anyone would like to get involved then please contact the dreamdrops e-mail address dreamdrops@ccs.nhs.uk .

Norwich & Peterborough Building Society (Huntingdon) have presented dreamdrops with a cheque for £300 which will be put towards purchasing a battery operated portable nebuliser for a young patient.Dreamdrops was nominated, along with two other charities, to benefit from the “Charity Choices” campaign at the Huntingdon branch.  The general public were invited to vote and dreamdrops received the second amount of votes.

Nicholas Hythe Kitchen Design Studio,  held a Neff’s Home Economist Team day at their studio in St. Ives which 75 people attended.  They doubled the amount pledged and donated £150 to dreamdrops.  The Studio continue to raise money for dreamdrops by holding a variety of events.