Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Addenbrooke's in 250 memories

Addenbrooke's is asking the community and staff to help in the 250th anniversary celebrations by submitting their memories of the hospital.

People are asked to say what makes Addenbrooke’s special to them.

Here are a few examples of special memories from ACT staff.

To submit your special memories see the hospital's 250th anniversary web pages

Mercy's memory


"I started working for Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) three years ago and I remember walking on campus on my first day thinking, 'wow! What an amazing place.' It was daunting to work for a place with such an amazing reputation for health, education and medical innovation and to be a representative of Addenbrooke's Hospital makes me so proud; to see how much ACT has achieved with the support of fundraisers, hospital staff and businesses is amazing. We are so lucky to have Addenbrooke's on our doorstep; with its history and willingness to put people first at all times! We have achieved so much in 250 years, let's hope that there will be 250 more."

Mercy Kaggwa, Community Fundraiser

Bridget's memory


"I joined Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) in the summer and have been overwhelmed during my short experience of working here. The staff, volunteers and supporters of this amazing charity delight me and inspire me every day. It has been a privilege to get a glimpse of what goes on both within this exceptional hospital and also outside in the community. The support we receive is incredible; from individual donors and their remarkable stories and generosity, to bikers and celebrities arriving with their gifts and amazing goodwill!"

Bridget Tring, Supporter Development Manager

Samantha's memory


"I have enormously fond memories of the day that Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) made its Bracode Campaign video.  The film was created to raise funds for research into personalised breast cancer care.  It was 16 June 2015 and ten wonderful women, all of whom had been touched by breast cancer, turned up at the Cambridge Corn Exchange to star alongside actress, Patricia Hodge, in a spoof of ‘How to look good naked’.  Each woman, regardless of their size, strutted the catwalk in the same size bra to demonstrate that one size bra won’t fit ten different women, so why should one cancer treatment?

The camaraderie of the women was amazing. They were each effusive about the care they’d received at the Addenbrooke’s breast unit and united in doing what they could to ensure that future generations could receive more tailored treatment, based on their genetic code. Now, half a year later, I still can’t watch the film without a lump in my throat ( 

It was special because of the enormous community good will thst helped make the film happen.  Honest, the advertising agency, really pushed the boat out and stretched every penny.  The Corn Exchange were generous, as were make-up and film students from Cambridge Regional College who donated their time.  The women’s friends and families even pitched in as ‘extras’ in the audience.  I’m so proud of everyone who took part and feel blessed to have shared their lives for a day."

Samantha Sherratt, Head of Marketing and Communications 

Jo's memory


"I greatly enjoyed attending the hospitals' Open Days in 2006 and 2008, both as an organiser and a volunteer. They were a wonderful opportunity for the community to see behind the scenes of their busy local hospitals and find out what makes them tick.

Volunteers from all over the hospitals opened their departments and held activities for children and adults alike from a teddy bear hospital to simulating surgery. I particularly remember meeting Dame Edna Everage, who launched the day in 2008, when she visited the Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust stall that I was looking after.

She was followed round by a crowd of people including photographers and film crews, and was a formidable character wearing pink sequins and diamanté glasses. I was proud to tell her all about the work of ACT and how charitable giving continues to make a difference for patients.

Jo Elliott, Media and Communications Manager

Lynn's memory


"I remember the day Wilko Johnson came to the hospital, with his guitar, to thank the surgeon who saved his life and to talk to Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) about the special concert he was going to do for us.  He just went from place to place within Addenbrooke’s saying what a wonderful place it is and how grateful he was.  Wilko does not have a smiley face, but he certainly gave a cheerful and unforgettable impression to everyone he met that day.

I also have a memory of being three years old and going to the old Addenbrooke’s by train from Audley End with my brother, who was nearly five and had broken his arm giving me a piggy back, and of course my mother.  The walk from the station to the hospital seemed to last forever on three year old legs, and the hospital seemed huge and very quiet.  My brother and I hardly dared to speak, but we were rewarded by a ‘bought cake’ from a real cake shop, which was a rare treat."

Lynn Bowles, Executive Assistant Development Team

Karen's memory


"Only three days after having moved to Cambridge from Germany with my family, my son, then aged 8, developed a high fever and couldn’t move the left side of his face. Within one hour after visiting the GP, we were sitting in the Paediatric Emergency Department with lots of clinical staff looking after my son. I wasn’t too worried because nobody had told me that they were suspecting meningitis. However, I still remember how scary it was to be in a country I didn’t know much about with a sick child. At the same time, I was extremely grateful for how everybody just got on with looking after my sick child, never questioning that he was entitled to receive treatment and care. Only a view weeks later we had to provide a proof residency in the UK. As it turned out it wasn’t meningitis, just some nasty, but not serious, virus. We were allowed to go back home after one night in hospital. I was very much impressed with the hospital and its staff. Today I work for the hospital’s charity to help ensure Addenbrooke’s Hospital will continue to provide outstanding care to all its patients."

Karen Schmiady, Projects Officer Development Team

Anonymous memory

"My most special memory of the hospital has to be when I had my son Noah in 2011. After a long overnight labour, the best thing happened. A wonderful healthcare assistant came into the delivery unit and delivered me some tea and toast! It really was the best meal I have ever eaten. I certainly appreciated all the incredible care and support from the Rosie doctors and midwives, but this one small act of kindness, above and beyond her normal duties, really stuck with me. I’m having my second child soon and I know that all the staff in the hospital will be amazing. We are so lucky to have Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie right here on our doorstep."

Anonymous staff member