Winners have been announced in the first Bay Hospitals Charity awards, celebrating the fundraisers and supporters who went above and beyond for the cause in 2021.

The awards recognise the contribution of members of the community who made an outstanding contribution to supporting patients and staff at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust.

Winners were:

Fundraiser of the Year Steph Dewey

Fundraiser of the Year Steph Dewey

Fundraiser of the Year – Steph Dewey
Steph and her family have raised nearly £40,000 for Bay Hospitals Charity through a wide variety of fundraising events in memory of her brother Gareth Brown, who was treated for a rare form of cancer at Furness General Hospital.

Charity manager Judith Read presents an award to Young Fundraiser of the Year Lilli-Mae Archer

Charity manager Judith Read presents an award to Young Fundraiser of the Year Lilli-Mae Archer

Young Fundraiser of the Year – Lilli-Mae Archer
Lilli-Mae, 8, raised £1,705 by walking 5k a day for the charity in February, following another fund-raising effort in 2020 that raised more than £1,500. She also kept going on her charity walking effort despite hurting herself in a playground fall.

Debra Braham accepts the award on behalf of Best Supporting Business South Lakes Lettings

Debra Braham accepts the award on behalf of Best Supporting Business South Lakes Lettings

Best supporting local business – South Lakes Lettings
South Lakes Lettings has been a stalwart supporter of Bay Hospitals Charity for several years. As well as raising more than £10,000 for the charity, the company has offered a huge amount of support to events organised by the charity. Although many events were curtailed by the Covid pandemic, the South Lakes Letting team was back in action supporting our fundraisers by acting as marshals around the route at the Keswick to Barrow Walk 2021.

Judith Read presents the Charity Champion Award to Keith McIntyre at Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Judith Read presents the Charity Champion Award to Keith McIntyre at Royal Lancaster Infirmary

Charity Champion – Keith McIntyre
Keith McIntyre did outstanding work of sourcing items to be sold in the charity Christmas auction, including some signed Tyson Fury boxing gloves. Keith and colleagues in the Estates team sourced the items through the excellent relationships cultivated with contractors and suppliers who work with UHMBT. The 2021 auction was the charity’s most successful, raising more than £2,500. Keith said he was accepting the award on behalf of the Royal Lancaster Infirmary Estates Team, who worked together to secure donations for the auction.

Judith Read presents the Best Supporting Charity Award to John Dixon of the Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness

Judith Read presents the Best Supporting Charity Award to John Dixon of the Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness

Best Supporting Charity – Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness (HEFF)
Members of the Hospital Equipment Fund for Furness have done amazing work for the charity over a number of years, and continue to do so despite the challenges brought by the Covid pandemic. In 2021, the charity agreed to fund a new bipolar diathermy device at more than £9,000, a blood-testing system at £25,000 and hearing aid fitting equipment at more than £7,800.

Judith Read presents the Loyal Supporter Award to Terry Ainsworth

Judith Read presents the Loyal Supporter Award to Terry Ainsworth

Loyal Supporter Award – Terry Ainsworth
Terry Ainsworth has been a great supporter for over 20 years raising thousands for Orthopaedics and in recent years has been a volunteer. Football enthusiast Terry raised funds for the charity by hosting player reunions and talks on the history of the sport in the North West. He says that everything he has done for the charity has been done with the support of his friends.

Carol Tennant accepted the award on behalf of her late husband Drew Tennant

Carol Tennant accepted the award on behalf of her late husband Drew Tennant

Lifetime Achievement Award – Drew Tennant
This award was made posthumously to Drew Tennant, who passed away in 2021 after 50 years as a member and past chair of Friends of RLI. Money raised by Mr Tennant and his friends and family was used by Friends of Royal Lancaster Infirmary to make improvements for patients and staff all over the hospital. Drew’s award was presented to his wife Carol.

Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, who were impressed by the wide range of achievements by the charity’s supporters.

Panel member and UHMBT Non-Executive Director Adrian Leather said: “I was blown away by some of the stories that we heard while judging these awards. We had some very worthy winners and nominees, and it just goes to show how much our hospitals and the care we provide in the community mean to people from all over our region.

“People of all ages, businesses, charities, community organisations and groups of friends come together to support us every year, and we’re so grateful for their support and commitment.”

Bay Hospitals Charity funds the latest equipment for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients more comfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment.

Charity Manager Judith Read said: “Our volunteers and fundraisers do so much for us and make a real difference to UHMBT. It’s been lovely to hear the stories of all our nominees and winners, who all mean so much to us as a charity.”

To donate and support your local NHS hospital, contact Bay Hospitals Charity on 01524 516064 or email charity@uhmb.nhs.uk