Addenbrooke's Charitable Trust

Addenbrooke's 250 Appeal

Addenbrooke's old and new

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.”  Originally housing just 20 beds when it opened in 1766, today’s hospital has over 1,000

To mark this momentous anniversary, we have launched the Addenbrooke’s 250 Appeal to raise £250,000 in the year 2016.  Funds raised from the appeal will help us meet requests for help from doctors, nurses, researchers and other professionals so they can help respond to patients’ needs, wherever the need is greatest. 

Dr John Addenbrooke was a man of vision and generosity.  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. 

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, Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie 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.  

Staff are focused on meeting their obligations to patients, however the Trust is being challenged by the need to make efficiency savings, as is much of the NHS.  Senior managers are confident that these difficult savings can be made, but it means that few funds are left for new and forward-thinking solutions to patient care – the additional excellence for which Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie are renowned.

Now, more than ever, charitable support plays an important role in helping the hospitals stay at the forefront of medical and research innovations.  

See the wish list link below for the types of investment that the appeal could support and read the patients' stories to see how people like you have helped patients so far.