Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Patient stories

It's the patients of Cambridge University Hospitals that inspire Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust's (ACT's) work.

ACT believes that every patient deserves the best possible care available, and we're delighted to be able to make this reality by providing extras over and above the level of care that the NHS provides. It is always an honour to meet the patients who benefit from the support of so many generous people.

Our supporters make a real difference to patients' experiences.  Here are just a few of them who have experienced that difference and supported our fundraising efforts.

Nigel Playford
Thursday, March 24, 2016

Nigel Playford

Nigel Playford has no memories of the day in 2014 that changed his life dramatically.

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Ellie Orriss
Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Ellie Orriss

When Ellie was only 20 months old her parents received a terrifying diagnosis ─ Ellie had a brain tumour. 

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Maisie Prigg
Monday, September 29, 2014

Maisie Prigg

Maisie Prigg from Ely was just three years old when, in 2012, her parents, Warren and Sam, found her choking in the night with a high fever.

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Keith Tolliday
Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Keith Tolliday

Hospital volunteer, Keith Tolliday, knows the power of equipment that Action for Addenbrooke's funds can buy.

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Jim Miles
Friday, August 1, 2014

Jim Miles

On 19 January 2011, Jim’s world was shattered when he had a seizure at work caused by a brain tumour.

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Debbie Brown
Monday, March 31, 2014

Debbie Brown

In February 2011, Debbie Brown, from Bar Hill, found a lump in her neck. Following blood tests she was told the shocking news that she had Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia (CLL) and was referred to Addenbrooke's for treatment.

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Delia Swann
Monday, September 2, 2013

Delia Swann

When a terrifying car accident left 26-year-old Delia Swann in a coma, she wasn’t expected to survive. But world-class care at Addenbrooke’s gave her a second chance.

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Ian Smith
Monday, September 2, 2013

Ian Smith

When Ian Smith, from Grimsby, was diagnosed with prostate cancer, he opted to attend Addenbrooke’s for state-of-the-art robotic keyhole surgery (made possible with charitable funding). 

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Sam Chapman
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Sam Chapman

Sam Chapman was nearly three when he contracted chickenpox which developed into a rare complication, resulting in septic shock, septicaemia and cellulitus.

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Anne-Marie Farrer
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Anne-Marie Farrer

In 2005 Anne-Marie spent her 28th birthday in surgery for a brain haemorrhage. Following the surgery she was rushed to the Neurosciences Critical Care Unit (NCCU) as further problems developed overnight.

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