Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Our stories

Read about some of our volunteers' experiences here.

1st August 2018 

Making a break from our conventional volunteer stories, this week we have a piece written by in-office volunteer and University of Exeter student, Olivia Haste. After spending three weeks with us here in Cambridge, she reflects on her time in the office, the role of CGHP, and why she plans to continue pursuing global health. Click here to read more.  

We always welcome volunteers both at home and away. If you are interested in volunteering in our CGHP office, contact us at 


25th July 2018 

We are reflecting on one of our most incredible patient stories, Rosinah. A nurse from Gaborone, Botswana, Rosinah had lived with a facial growth her entire life. Not only fearing that the legion would become malignant, Rosinah had frequently been told by doctors in Botswana that it would not be possible to remove the growth. In 2016 she met the CGHP Maxillofacial team, who completely transformed her life. Read her story. 

20 July 2018 

Margaret Baron recently jetted to the Philippines with the mission of boosting dementia awareness. As a Resuscitation Trainer and Nurse, Margaret came to CGHP with a bank of previous healthcare related experience overseas. 


Read her story.                                                                                                                      


25 June 2018

 Dominika Pich, a Practice Development Nurse at CUH, received a grant from CGHP to support her two-week placement in Panama, this January 2018. Her placement was with Floating Doctors, a non-profit organisation whose 

stated mission is to reduce the present and future burden of disease in the developing world, and to promote improvements in health care delivery worldwide.’ Read her story                                                                                                                                                                                                   


Our amazing volunteers, not only spend their annual leave volunteering on global health partnership projects, they also find the time to train and run marathons! What heroes! Gaynor and Jeff, are both AA volunteers and are fundraising for Cambridge Global Health Partnerships.

“We were so pleased to speak to doctors, nurses and physios who have been part of the project, everyone was so forthcoming in their opinions, changes and wanted to join the faculty! Partners being so honest with their feedback really shows how this partnership has grown that strong relationship that has been between all involved.” - Jeff Mercer, Myanmar health partnership volunteer 

If you would like to support them in their fundraising endeavours, you can donate to them through their JustGiving pages:Jeff MercerGaynor McGinness 


Access to a midwife can help reduce & prevent deaths of over 300,000 women who die every year while giving birth. Chin Swain a senior midwife and lecturer has been volunteering with Addenbrooke's Abroad (now Cambridge Global Health Partnerships) since 2012. She has been involved in developing the El Salvador partnership, delivering life saving training to healthcare workers across El Salvador. 

 "I have fostered strong relationships with other team members and our El Salvadorian counterparts, we are a family. A global family who respects and appreciates the differences that enriches us, but with one goal - better care for mothers and babies."  Read her story. 

Cambridge Global Health Partnerships provides a support and signposting service, through which many members of staff from CUH have chosen global health organisations to volunteer with. Marta Lastras, a junior sister at CUH, volunteered with HoverAid, with support from Cambridge Global Health Partnerships. Read about her experience of volunteering in one of the most remote parts of Madagascar here

What makes a good health partnership? Mutual trust, respect and a shared vision. Hannah Missfelder-Lobos and Xochitl Sandoval are the clinical leads for our El Salvador partnership, want to find out more about how this partnership developed? Read more here 

Carol Culshaw, an organisational development consultant, volunteered to Myanmar to help with monitoring and evaluation activities for our THET funded Cambridge-Yangon Trauma Intervention Project. 

"It was especially helpful, to be part of such a dedicated and diverse group. The range of perspectives, the imagination and vision, together with the varied expertise, focused determination and strategic awareness of local systems from the Yangon colleagues, made for the most powerful partnership I have seen in a very long time."  - Carol Culshaw 

Read more about Carol's experience of volunteering in Myanmar here