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One fundraisers experience - 

"On 20th August 2013 my husband, Nev, passed away after suffering a subarachnoid haemorrhage caused by an unknown brain aneurysm. On Friday 16th August he was surfing in Devon with me, my sister Kate and one of his closest friends, Tom, and so was air lifted to nearby Derriford Hospital in Plymouth. The Pencarrow Intensive Care Unit at Derriford Hospital looked after Nev for 4 days and were totally amazing, the nurses and doctors did everything they could for him, and us as a family, and so it seems only right to raise money for their unit so they can continue to provide such an excellent level of care for future patients.

"Whilst Nev was in Pencarrow Ward he required an air-circulation cooling unit, which is around 11k to buy so as a group we are trying to raise this amount for Spring Intensive Care, Derriford Hospitals ICU registered charity. Visit for more info.

"Friends and family of mine and Nevs are getting together on May Day Bank Holiday Weekend to take on the Three Peaks Challenge. Nev and I did this in 2010 and missed the 24 hour deadline by 50 minutes and so Nev always wanted to try again and achieve the goal of climbing all 3 Peaks within 24 hours, he most likely wanted to do it in 22! So as he isn't here now we will do it for him.... I will also be taking part in a number of other events this year including a 10k run in February and a Marathon on October 5th, all of which I will do for Spring Intensive Care."



"I am doing a 20K walk for the Intensive care Unit in Plymouth who looked after my Mum for 13 days in January. With their help she was well enough to then move onto a ward, start rehab &eventually home where she is currently making a great recovery. They do an amazing job for those who are seriously ill but are also there to support the families through a difficult time.

"I have also seen first hand all the families they look after with people volunteering their own time to provide drinks and company to families, help with parking and accommodation fee's and of course raise money for life saving equiptment.

"I feel charities like these usually fly under our radar so would like to raise some money, if only a little to enable the unit to give every patient the best chance of recovery."



"The Critical Care unit at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth treats over 1700 seriously ill patients every year.

"On January 2014 one of those patients was our 20 year old sister Cleo Haynes. Cleo had an unexpected heart attack on 13 January 2014 and sadly passed away in Plymouth Intensive Care Unit on 21 January 2014. This tragic event has left everyone that knew Cleo devastated. 

"Not only did the ICU help our sister and care for her during the most difficult time, but the staff supported our family too. 

"Cleo was an amazing young woman who was always thinking of others and would have wanted to raise some funds not only to say thank you, but to help save other lives.

"Spring Intensive Care is a registered charity that supports the unit and relies totally on voluntary donations, which are used to ensure that critically ill patients in Plymouth get the best care possible. The Charity has used its funds to purchase life saving equipment, fund nurse education and support the families of critically ill patients.

"Alex and I are running the Plymouth Half Marathon in memory of our sister Cleo and in the process hope to raise some vital funds for this massively unrated charity."




11th Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit 

In August 2012 a team of sailors took part in the 11th Eddystone Charity Sailing Pursuit race led by our own ICU Consultant Elfyn Thomas to raise money for Spring Intensive Care Charity.

In his boat named May Breeze, Elfyn and the other crew members joined the race in which 72 boats took part, sailing the 26 mile return course to Hand Deeps Buoy, off Eddystone Rocks.

From small beginnings in 2002 the Eddystone Pursuit has emerged as one of the most successful charity fixtures on the South-West yachting calendar - it is a remarkable success story made possible through the efforts of ordinary people who love sailing.


Mike Baker - Quiz Night and Half Marathon raising £2,000

A teenager from Woodford has raised more than £2,000 for the Spring Intensive Care Charity. 

Mike Baker ran the 2014 Plymouth Half Marathon and organised a quiz night for the unit after his dad received treatment there following a heart attack 

  DONATION: Front, Helen McMillan, Mike Baker and Peacha Heys; back, Kay Rouse, Juliet Arundel, Debbie Reading, Sue Johnson and Sarah Hoath

His mum Kathie said she was very proud of her son. She explained: "My husband had a heart attack and I had to resuscitate him and as a result of this he was in intensive care at Derriford for a week. 

"Mike was running the marathon anyway but decided he wanted to now do it to raise money for the unit. 

"I am really proud of him, especially with youngsters today – he did it all off his own back." 

The 19-year-old also arranged a quiz night in Elfordleigh to help top up the money he raised running the half-marathon. 

The football-themed quiz night and auction raised £1,900. Items up for auction included shirts from England player Wayne Rooney, a football boot from Kevin Keegan and a host of World Cup memorabilia from 1966. 

Mike, who works for Screwfix, said: "I wanted to be able to give something back to the hospital after they saved my dad's life. 

"I want to say thank you to all the local businesses who supported me for donating all the auction prizes." 

Mike ran the half-marathon alongside two of his friends, Rhys Johnson and Chris Marson. 

Crossing the finish line in 1hr 37mins, Mike raised almost £500 from the event alone. 

He has now collected all the sponsorship enabling him to hand over a grand total of £2,366 to staff at the Derriford Critical Care unit.


Brett Baker - Charity Football match

The family of Brett Baker have staged a giant charity football match, barbecue and raffle to raise money for the Derriford Hospital Intensive Care unit that treated him in his final days. 

The football extravaganza, which saw a Brett Baker representative side take on Elburton Villa Over-35s,  raised £1,300 which was added to the £800 already donated by family and friends.  Sister Kelly Oliver said: "So many people were coming up and giving a donation, and when we told them what it was going to, they all said it was a really worthwhile cause.

Brett Baker died on January 5, four days after hitting his head on a pavement during New Year's Day celebrations.

Handing over a cheque for more than £2,000 to the Derriford-based Spring Intensive Care Charity the relatives had an  emotional reunion with Pencarrow Critical Care Unit staff who cared for him.  Brett's brother and sister described the care as "amazing".  "It is the care and the way they treated him that inspired us. They were just amazing to all of us the whole way through, we're just saying thanks."

Ward manager Justine Fryer said: "It is a huge amount of money that can make a big difference for patients and their families."

Brett's family now intend to make the charity football match an annual event, in lasting memory of the Liverpool and Plymouth Argyle fanatic.


Plymouth Half Marathon 2010

The Plymouth Half Marathon which was held on Sunday 30th May had a team of runners from the Critical Care unit at Derriford who were running  to raise funds for SPRING.  The team included Susan Bracey, Dan Holter, Peter Macnaughton and Cheryl McVeigh who all put in an amazing effort to finish the course.


Plymouth Half Marathon 2009 - Thankyou from Dr Martin Walker

mwalker2009Many thanks to everyone who sponsored me to run the Plymouth ½ Marathon. I am proud to announce that we raised over £850 for SPRING.

I got round the course, but found it really tough in the heat as it was one of the hottest days of the year! In the last few weeks of training I had a routine follow up scan, which I learnt was fine in the immediate run up to the race.This really inspired me in my final training runs and during the race itself. It took a while to recover from the aching limbs caused by running in the heat.

On the day the sunshine and heat meant that for me any idea of running a fast time (for me that is!) flew out of the window. Instead I just had to concentrate on getting round. As a result of losing the kidney to cancer it is important that I don't get too dehydrated and that was quite a struggle on the hilly course. Luckily I was spurred on by my family and friends and several groups of staff from the Hospital who knew I was running for SPRING.

I saw quite a few runners collapse in the heat who were given oxygen and cooled down by the paramedics.I found the hills at Saltram very hard and my pace slowed in the heat. Eventually I reached the top of the Hoe and the finish was in sight. I just managed to cross the finish line before my legs turned to jelly. Afterwards the cold drinks and mini mars bars were gulped down, but I couldn't cope with the pies or pasties on offer.

I was so pleased to have completed the course and to have managed to raise so much money for SPRING INTENSIVE CARE ( Workmates are now very keen to get a whole team set up for next year; so as long as it's not any hotter, I'll be out there again.


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