GRANT FUND­ING FOR CEN­TE­NARY

Mile­stone marked with do­na­tion from Lot­tery fund

Harefield Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - By Will Ack­er­mann will.ack­er­mann@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

HARE­FIELD Hos­pi­tal has been given a £33,000 grant to fund var­i­ous projects mark­ing its 100-year his­tory.

The Her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF) has awarded the money to the Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hos­pi­tals Char­ity to sup­port a so­cial his­tory project, which will cul­mi­nate in an ex­hi­bi­tion at the hos­pi­tal this au­tumn.

The grant will also fund a range of arts projects through­out the year, in­clud­ing the con­ser­va­tion of an Aus­tralian and New Zealand Army Corps (AN­ZAC) quilt made by pa­tients and staff in 1915 – the year the hos­pi­tal was opened to treat sol­diers from the two Com­mon­wealth coun­tries who had been in­jured in the First World War.

The quilt will even­tu­ally go on per­ma­nent dis­play at the hos­pi­tal along­side a new tex­tile piece, to be cre­ated by an artist work­ing along­side cur­rent staff and pa­tients.

Gill Raikes, chief ex­ec­u­tive of the hos­pi­tals char­ity, said: “We are thrilled to have re­ceived the sup­port of the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund in help­ing us cel­e­brate such a mo­men­tous time in Hare­field Hos­pi­tal’s his­tory. There is so much af­fec­tion to­wards our hos­pi­tal which will be cap­tured and cel­e­brated through ac­tiv­i­ties funded through this project, so we are very grate­ful.”

The hos­pi­tal, in Hill End Road, now spe­cialises in heart and lung op­er­a­tions and is one of the world’s largest trans­plant cen­tres.

Bob Bell, chief ex­ec­u­tive of Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, which runs the hos­pi­tal in Hill End Road, said: “The cen­te­nary is a valu­able op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the ground-break­ing clin­i­cal and sci­en­tific achieve­ments that have taken place at Hare­field Hos­pi­tal since 1915.

“We are de­lighted the Her­itage Lot­tery Fund has cho­sen to sup­port the Royal Bromp­ton & Hare­field Hos­pi­tals Char­ity. The grant will help to cap­ture some of Hare­field’s rich his­tory for pos­ter­ity in a project which we hope will in­volve as many pa­tients, staff and lo­cal peo­ple as pos­si­ble.”

The char­ity wants to hear from for­mer pa­tients, staff mem­bers and sup­port­ers will­ing to share their mem­o­ries of the hos­pi­tal. Or­gan­is­ers are also seek­ing 20 vol­un­teers to help con­duct in­ter­views for an oral his­tory project.

Their video and au­dio clips, as well as pho­to­graphs, will form part of the ex­hi­bi­tion.

Sue Bow­ers, head of HLF Lon­don, said: This project will tell the sto­ries of the staff and pa­tients who’ve passed through its doors and record the hos­pi­tal’s rich her­itage.”

For more in­for­ma­tion or to get in­volved, vis­itwww.rb­hchar­ity.org/cen­te­nary.

n HIS­TORIC: Hare­field Hos­pi­tal is 100 years old this year; (right) in­side the hos­pi­tal in 1918

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