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ACT scoops accolades at fundraising awards ceremony

17 June 2021

ICU staff wellbeing room

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is delighted to announce that The ALBORADA Trust has won Grant Giver of the Year for its partnership with the charity at the Chartered Institute of Fundraising East Anglia Region Awards.

The ALBORADA Trust’s support in funding a wellbeing room during the pandemic meant that staff under pressure in the ICU could take a much-needed break. The Trust also funded vouchers for staff, a staff hardship fund and care packages for those working on the frontline.

ACT was equally thrilled to be named as runners up for Corporate Partnership of the Year with Ely-based nutritional ingredients supplier, Cambridge Commodities, who raised over £76,000 in funds that directly supported patient care and staff wellbeing, whilst generating an additional £200,000 worth of gifts in kind – donated by their global suppliers and customers.

ACT fundraising volunteers Jodie Rowlandson (Team Max) who has raised over £70,000 to date for children with cancer and other life-limiting diseases, and Kirsten Bailey, who has fundraised for the hospital that has provided care for her since the age of 14, both received ‘Highly Commended’ for the Volunteer Fundraiser of the Year category.

The honours were announced at a virtual awards ceremony last Thursday evening with the focus on how charities adapted to the pandemic over the last 15 months. The hard work, dedication, and determination that charities and supporters have made was recognised, as well as the remarkable achievements made by fundraisers and funders.

Gemma Downham, ACT’s Director of Fundraising, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that The ALBORADA Trust has won Grant Giver of the Year for its partnership with us and that we were named as runners up for Corporate Partnership of the Year with Cambridge Commodities. Huge congratulations are also due to our tireless volunteer fundraisers, Jodie and Kirsten for their commendations. We are so grateful to all our incredible supporters who have done so much for our amazing hospital during the pandemic. I am so proud of our hard-working, inspiring team who worked so hard to raise £1.2M in six weeks to support our hospital staff, and patients, through Covid-19. These awards couldn’t be more well deserved.”

Jeremy Richardson OBE, Director of The ALBORADA Trust, said: “The ALBORADA Trust moved quickly upon the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic to assist staff under pressure in the ICU. We were able to provide funds for a ‘wobble’ or well-being room to enable ICU staff to take a much-needed break without ‘donning and doffing’. In addition, the Trust was pleased to fund vouchers for staff, a staff hardship fund and care packages for those working on the frontline, containing hand cream and sleep spray.

We’re delighted to have been recognised for our work over the past year and pleased to have been able to help those treating Covid-19 patients, and for whom we have the utmost admiration.”

For more information on how the charity helps make Addenbrooke’s even better, please visit helpyourhospital.co.uk

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