Royal Papworth Hospital performed a life saving, single lung transplant on my wife in 2014 and then in 2015 they saved her life again by removing her remaining native lung that had developed lymphoma, leaving her with just the single transplanted lung. Thanks to Royal Papworth she has lived to see both our children leave home and our daughter get married.
The Papworth Village Settlement was founded by Sir Pendrill Varrier-Jones as a Tuberculosis (TB) sanatorium, which began accepting patients on 12th February 1918. As well as treating the patients, Sir Pendrill made sure they had financial support and paid employment in the village. Thanks to Sir Pendrill's pioneering work many of the descendants of the original TB patients still live in the village today.
In 1948 Papworth Hospital became part of the NHS and it has been at the forefront of heart and lung medicine ever since. It is one of the largest specialist cardiothoracic (heart and lung) hospitals in Europe and includes the UK's main heart and lung transplant centre. Pioneering medicine and innovative surgical advances at Papworth Hospital have not only transformed the lives of patients but also helped shape cardiothoracic medicine internationally. In 2017 Her Majesty the Queen granted a royal title to the hospital and it officially became Royal Papworth Hospital.
Royal Papworth's success has meant it has outgrown it's original village site and to continue providing high quality care it is moving in September 2018 to a bespoke, purpose-built hospital on the world-class Cambridge Biomedical Campus (CBC).
To celebrate the centenary of Royal Papworth Hospital and the opening of the new hospital I will be walking 18 miles between the old and new sites on 31st May 2019. I will be dressed as Sir Pendrill Varrier-Jones and I will be pushing a wheelchair containing a dummy dressed as a TB patient.
In 2014 I raised nearly £5000 for Royal Papworth. This time I am hoping to double that amount.
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