Our donors and supporters

ACT would like to acknowledge all those who have so generously contributed to help us make our amazing hospitals even better.

The supporters below have made a significant impact across our hospitals by giving £10,000 and above to help support innovation, medical research, patient treatments, care, ward refurbishments and cutting-edge equipment. By naming them, we want to express our sincere thanks to them for enabling Cambridge University Hospitals to remain at the forefront of exceptional patient care.

In addition to all these names listed, we would like to extend our sincere thanks to all the patients, their friends, and families; all businesses – large and small; and all those schools, community groups, fundraisers and volunteers who support our wonderful hospitals, day in and day out. They all come together to create the most wonderful community, in support of our amazing hospitals.

Lastly, special thanks must also be given to all our NHS colleagues who have demonstrated and continue to demonstrate acts of incredible kindness in caring for us and our loved ones during this unprecedented time. We give thanks also to the support staff working behind the scenes; all in the fight against coronavirus.


Individuals and fundraisers

Below is a list of individuals who have made a significant personal contribution to our hospitals:

  • Mr John Collins
  • Mr Richard and Mrs Rhian Dean
  • Mr Richard Dunn
  • Mr Peter Pemberton and Family

Below lists those fundraisers and groups that have generously fundraised £10,000 or above in 2020.

  • Hewitsons Charitable Trust – Chariots of Fire 2019
  • Leann Jolly
  • Oxbridge Students Parents Group 2020
  • Team Max
  • The May Week Mega Event Committee 2020
  • Christopher and Penelope Walkinshaw

Corporate partners and supporters

We would like to extend our thanks to all those businesses and all their staff who helped fundraise throughout 2020. Listed below are those corporate partners who helped us fund new staffing posts, ward refurbishments and patient care. Through their support and many gifts in kind they helped us provide care packages for our hardworking NHS Heroes:

  • ARM
  • Amazon
  • Amazon Logistics
  • Cambridge Commodities Ltd
  • Cheffins
  • Microsoft Research Ltd
  • Redrow Plc
  • Team Consulting

Trusts and foundations

Those listed below have played a significant role in helping Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals remain at the forefront of patient care, innovation and medical research.

  • The ALBORADA Trust
  • The Childwick Trust
  • The Evelyn Trust
  • Forster Foundation
  • Garfield Weston Foundation
  • The Illumina Foundation
  • The Lisa Wiles Red Wellies Brain Tumour Support Fund
  • Morrisons Foundation
  • Cambridge/Kings Lynn branch of the National Federation of Retail Newsagents
  • NHS Charities Together

Special recognition

In addition to all those listed above we would like to celebrate those contributors who have made significant and special gifts that have impacted the Hospitals over 254 years:

  • Dr John Addenbrooke
  • Addenbrooke’s Hospital Cancer Scanner Appeal Committee
  • Dame Mary Archer DBE
  • The Rt. Hon The Lord Archer
  • Mrs Hannah Bonnett
  • Mr John Bowtell
  • Mrs Emmeline Waley-Cohen
  • Professor Adrian and Mrs Anne Dixon
  • Mrs Kathleen Douty
  • Mrs Elizabeth Goode
  • Mr Joseph Merrill
  • The National Institute for Health Research
  • Mr Harris Norman
  • Mr Robert William Osborne
  • Lord Peckover
  • The Pemberton Family Charitable Trust
  • Sir David Robinson
  • Royal Voluntary Service
  • Mr Charles Usher

ACT would also like to thank all those supporters that wish to remain anonymous.


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Robot Appeal to buy Addenbrooke’s a new surgical robot reaches £1.25 million mark

£1.25 million has been raised and pledged to buy a new surgical robot for Addenbrooke’s

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Next generation scanner could greatly improve the life chances of many patients

An amazing next generation scanner - the 3D ‘Cone Beam’ CT scanner - has now been installed at Addenbrooke’s and seen its first patient


Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships 2022 – deadline for applications extended

Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships 2022 - deadline for applications extended


Did you know you can write or update a simple will for free though ACT’s Free Wills Service?

We've joined the National Free Wills Network, so we can help our supporters to write or update your will for free using local firms of solicitors


ACT gift festive hampers to thank hospital staff

ACT is providing hundreds of goodie-filled hampers for all Addenbrooke’s staff again this year to thank the teams for their incredible dedication over the past 12 months

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Addenbrooke’s Robot Appeal reaches first major milestone

A £1.5 million appeal run by ACT to buy a surgical robot for Addenbrooke’s Hospital has passed the £250,000 milestone for donations and funds raised, following its launch earlier this year.

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Byard Art host charity raffle in support of ACT’s surgical robot appeal

Be in with the chance of winning one of Matt Brown's coveted robot creations while helping to buy a surgical robot, ensuring that patients get home faster after surgery.


An invitation to apply for over £1m of funding

ACT's latest funding call is now open. Applications are invited for projects for patient and/or staff benefit and research projects. 

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Biological ‘fingerprints’ of long COVID in blood could lead to diagnostic test, say Cambridge scientists

Research into blood testing for long Covid builds on a pilot project supported by Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust

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Addenbrooke’s charity appoints new trustees to support ambitious fundraising plans

ACT is pleased to announce the appointment of two new trustees

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Addenbrooke’s charity begins partnership with Stock Shop at hospital store

The Stock Shop store, based in the main concourse at Addenbrookes Hospital, has now pledged to fundraise for its local NHS charity, ACT.

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ACT scoops accolades at fundraising awards ceremony

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.

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Take part in ACT’s ‘1,000 Challenge’ and raise £1,000 to help fund a new surgical robot

What can you do a thousand times to raise money?

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‘Buy Addenbrooke’s a Robot’ appeal launched by hospital charity to change the lives of thousands of patients

A £1.5 million appeal to buy a surgical robot for Addenbrooke’s Hospital has been launched by its charity, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT). A new surgical robot will mean quicker, less invasive surgery and faster healing and recovery times for patients.

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Regional ambulance service for young launched

A new ambulance service which will travel thousands of miles a year transporting the region’s sickest babies and children from hospital to the nearest specialist intensive care unit has been launched.

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Inspiring artwork celebrating the late Sir Michael Marshall unveiled at Addenbrooke’s

Artwork featuring the inspiring words of a poem read at the funeral of Sir Michael Marshall has been unveiled in the main ground floor corridor at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.


Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships 2021 – applications now open

The Cambridge Clinic Research Fellowships scheme provides an entry point into a career in clinical academia. Successful candidates go on to apply for nationally competitive fellowships, with a view to completing a PhD.

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ACT helps fund clinical trial for high risk kidney patients

ACT helps fund clinical trial to investigate if tapeworm drug can boost protection from Covid-19 for high risk kidney patients

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Companies gift Christmas hampers to Addenbrooke’s staff to say thank you

Addenbrooke’s staff will receive Christmas hampers packed with goodies this week as a thank you for their hard work and care during the coronavirus pandemic


Donors send touching messages of thanks to Addenbrooke’s staff

Grateful donors sent in messages of thanks to hospital staff for their care through the COVID-19 pandemic

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Dame Mary Archer appointed as President of Addenbrooke’s charity

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is pleased to announce that Dame Mary Archer DBE has agreed to take up the role of President of the charity

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New video link at Addenbrooke’s allows parents who are unable to visit, to see and talk to their babies in hospital

A new video contact system giving parents the ability to have precious virtual contact with their babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) was launched earlier than planned due to coronavirus.


The ALBORADA Trust’s support for ACT surpasses £800,000

The ALBORADA Trust has awarded over £800,000 to ACT since 2015, and this year has supported Addenbrooke’s staff by paying for new wellbeing rooms, helping to create a hardship fund to ease financial pressures and providing staff vouchers

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ACT has successfully raised funds for two new Emergency Children’s Ambulances for the East of England

Generous donations from hospital supporters have helped ACT raise £216,000 for an emergency children’s ambulance service, which will save young lives in the East of England.

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Check out to help out – Addenbrooke’s charity launches online shop

ACT has launched a new online shop full of ideal presents just in time for Christmas, with all profits making Addenbrooke’s hospital even better for patients.

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ACT campaign encourages people to support their hospital directly

ACT has launched a new advertising campaign featuring local fundraising heroes, reminding the community that they can directly support Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie by donating or fundraising for the charity.

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Hospital charity funds over £1million into COVID-19 research

ACT has recently been able to fund £1million of research into treatments and diagnostics for COVID-19 or services impacted by coronavirus, thanks to generous donations from the public.


Invitation to apply to ACT for funding

ACT is always on the lookout for new projects to support that benefit patients and help staff.  We are currently inviting applications for research projects and projects that support patients or benefit staff.

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Get on your bike (or skateboard or scooter) to help Addenbrooke’s!

Prudential have come up with a great way for all the family to get involved in their popular Ride London event and support Addenbrooke’s without ever having to leave their local area

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Donation funds well-being rooms for Addenbrooke’s staff to relieve stress

Hospital staff can now relax and recharge in a pleasant environment during shift breaks

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Addenbrooke’s Emergency Children’s Ambulance appeal needs just £10k to put specialist ambulances on the road and save more critically ill children

ACT is asking the public to help raise the final £10,000 of its £216,000 appeal for an emergency children’s ambulance service which will save young lives in the East of England.

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ACT launches Team Addenbrooke’s and its Virtual Challenge 2020 to support the hospital  

Never have we appreciated our hospitals and NHS staff as much as we do today. They have helped us through the worst of the pandemic, but as the situation eases, the NHS will be under more pressure than ever to catch up on the scheduled procedures it usually provides.  

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Jamie Oliver gives ‘big love’ to Addenbrooke’s in heartfelt video message

Jamie Oliver gives ‘big love’ and appreciation to Addenbrooke’s hospital in heartfelt video message

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Addenbrooke’s NHS Charity encourages further donations and celebrates hospital’s unsung heroes

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is encouraging people to keep fundraising for Addenbrooke’s hospital, with donations continuing to help the hospital through the crisis and beyond.

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Cambridge doctor’s ground-breaking app gives ventilated COVID-19 patients a voice

The app – which was initially developed with the help of a £40,000 development grant from Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust – features easy-to-use touch screen technology, giving weak and intubated patients a voice.


How your donations are funding vital coronavirus research at Addenbrooke’s

A study by researchers at Addenbrooke’s and the University of Cambridge published today in the journal eLife, helped by £25,000 in funding from donations to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust, has shown that a small proportion of hospital staff can carry COVID-19 without realising they’re infected.


Addenbrooke’s lights up in blue to say thank you

Addenbrooke's lights up in blue to say thank you to all our supporters who’ve helped us raised over £1million to support our fantastic NHS staff

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Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust highlights the tireless work of nursing staff at Addenbrooke’s hospital on International Nurses Day, 12 May

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust highlights the tireless work of nursing staff at Addenbrooke’s hospital on International Nurses Day, 12 May

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Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust raises over £1 million to help our NHS Heroes

Addenbrooke's charity is encouraging people to come up with their own amazing ideas to raise even more.

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Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust asks you to support the International Day of the Midwife 2020

On Tuesday 5 May, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) would like you to join it in supporting and recognising the midwives that work at the Rosie Hospital as we celebrate the International Day of the Midwife 2020.

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Cheffins raises over £30,000 for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust

**Cheffins press release**

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Cambridge Commodities ‘NHS Heroes’ Easter art competition to boost Addenbrooke’s staff

Local business, Cambridge Commodities, is launching an art competition over the Easter holidays to raise money to support NHS staff at Addenbrooke’s Hospital.

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Sir Andy Murray supports Addenbrooke’s staff heroes with video message

Former world No. 1 tennis player, Sir Andy Murray has sent a thank you message to Addenbrooke’s staff as they face the toughest battle of their lives.

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Help support Addenbrooke’s and our NHS heroes by setting up a virtual tea break and donating the cost of your cuppa

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is launching a daily virtual tea and coffee break to help bring people together and raise money for Addenbrooke’s and our brave NHS heroes at the same time.

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ACT launches ‘Help your hospital’ appeal

Please help raise funds to support Addenbrooke’s hospital and its staff during the coronavirus crisis

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Announcement regarding COVID-19

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is continuing to work with the hospital to help protect patients and staff at this time and has implemented temporary measures to help reduce the risk of infection.

Cambridge Clinical Research Fellowships – applications now open

The Cambridge Clinic Research Fellowships scheme provides an entry point into a career in clinical academia. It provides salary support and a consumable allowance for up to one year, during which time it is anticipated that successful candidates will apply for nationally competitive fellowships, with a view to completing a PhD. 

Global health worker shortage prompts partnership action

A Cambridge partnership is taking action in the face of a predicted shortfall of 18 million health workers globally in the next decade.

Cambridge woman leaves money for £400,000 ward refurbishment at Addenbrooke’s in her will

Patients using a renal ward at Addenbrooke’s are to benefit from a more colourful and relaxed approach to hospital life thanks to a legacy from a Cambridge woman.

Funding news

All I want for Christmas is… Whether you have an innovative idea, thoughts around service improvement, grand designs to improve your ward or clinic environment or are seeking investment for a research project, Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) could help!

Celebrity Hunted fugitive hides out at Addenbrooke’s

Celebrity chef, Jean-Christophe Novelli, who is currently appearing as a fugitive on the run on Channel 4’s Celebrity Hunted for Stand Up To Cancer, stopped off at Addenbrooke’s during one of the episodes, shining a light on the hospital where his son was treated for neuroblastoma two years ago.

First of two new emergency children’s ambulance services for the East of England funded thanks to donations

First of two new emergency children’s ambulance services for the East of England funded thanks to donations

Chariots of Fire race achieves children’s ambulance halfway funding mark

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust are over halfway to raising enough to fund an Emergency Children's Ambulance thanks to the recent Chariots of Fire event.

Addenbrooke’s liver transplant appeal success gives precious hope to many

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) has reached its £250,000 liver transplant appeal target thanks to the generous support of incredible donors.

Newborns at Addenbrooke’s receive safer MRI scans thanks to generous donors

The Sir Jules Thorn Charitable Trust and a generous legacy from Ann Mynott have enabled the hospital to buy a £316,000 special MRI incubator allowing premature babies and babies at high-risk of brain injury to be scanned sooner.

London Marathon runners take on challenge for Addenbrooke’s

On Sunday 28 April 2019, 7 runners from Cambridgeshire tackled the gruelling 26.2 miles of the Virgin Money London Marathon and raised over £22,000 in support of Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT).

The Chariots of Fire baton is poised – will you join in on the ACT?

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is limbering up for this year’s Chariots of Fire after being selected as the official recipient charity for this year’s race on Sunday 22 September.

Life-saving Uganda project gets cash boost

A Cambridge-based partnership which spearheads health programmes in resource-poor communities across the globe has won a cash injection towards more life-saving work.

Addenbrooke’s cancer appeal launches to transform treatment for patients

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust has launched its new cancer appeal to help provide the best patient experience and care for people with cancer at Addenbrooke’s.

Will YOU remember Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Your will?

Addenbrooke’s relies on the generosity of members of the public to help provide vital research, innovative equipment and specialist services.

Cambridge Guides deliver 200 hand-made comfort bags to patients at Addenbrooke’s

Guides in Cambridge have been busy collecting donations and making up comfort bags for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust as part of their community action challenges.

ACT celebrates National Day for Play

ACT celebrates National Day for Play – here’s how you can help too

Distraction made easy at Addenbrooke’s thanks to kind-hearted fundraiser and local business

A colourful, interactive games screen to spark the imagination and distract children during hospital appointments has just been installed in Addenbrooke’s Paediatric Day Unit (PDU) thanks to the tireless efforts of local fundraiser, Jodie Rowlandson and help from construction business, Morgan Sindall.

ACT hits 50 per cent of funding target for latest Children’s Campaign – but still needs support

Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust hits 50 per cent of funding target for latest Children’s Campaign – but still needs support

Paediatric ultrasound machine to benefit children with arthritis as well as those with cerebral palsy

Paediatric ultrasound machine to benefit children with arthritis as well as those with cerebral palsy

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