Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Addenbrooke's 250th anniversary

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2016 is a special year as it marks the 250th anniversary of Addenbrooke’s Hospital.  

Addenbrooke’s was established thanks to a gift of £4,676 Dr John Addenbrooke left in his Will to “hire and fit up, purchase or erect a small, physical hospital in the town of Cambridge for poor people.” 

Dr John Addenbrooke was a man of vision and generosity and a quarter of a millennium on, he would be amazed to see staff responding to over 103,000 A&E attendances each year, 575,000 visits to outpatients, 73,000 inpatient admissions and almost 6,000 births. Originally housing just 20 beds when it opened in 1766, today’s hospital has over 1,000!

Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie, has become a leading national centre for specialist treatment.  But for many of us, they are also our local hospitals, touching our lives and those of our families and friends.  It is where we have our babies, repair broken limbs, fight diseases and face the challenges of old age.  Whatever brings us through the hospitals’ doors, it is a comfort to know that outstanding care is at hand when it really counts. 

For 2016, we are joining with the Trust to mark this important milestone, running the Addenbrooke's 250 Appeal, hosting special events and dipping into the archives to see the inspirational supporters who have made a difference to generations of patients' lives.  We also take a look forward to see how charitable support can transform healthcare for our children, grandchildren and those to come.  

Do join us!