Oaks Hospital Staff Wear Yellow
Wednesday 28 June 2017
“Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree…..”
Well, that is exactly what Oaks Hospital did on Friday 23rd June when they hosted their “Wear Yellow Day” to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis Trust.
Cystic Fibrosis (CF) is one of the UK's most common life-threatening inherited diseases and is caused by a defective gene. As a result, the internal organs, especially the lungs and digestive system become clogged with thick sticky mucus resulting in chronic infections and inflammation in the lungs and difficulty digesting food. Life expectancy can vary with different factors affecting the individual but average is currently 41 years old.
Oaks decided to host this day to support Angie, one of the nurses from the ward as her husband, Kevin, suffers with CF. Kevin’s health is fairly stable even though his lung function remains low. Unfortunately, Kevin’s sister, Gina, passed away from CF and Angie’s best friend Jodie, amongst many others. This is why it is so important to raise awareness of this condition and hopefully, one day, find a cure!
Angie had created a slideshow of her friends with CF which was played throughout the hospital. Many people got involved and sent in photos at various stages of CF progression. Some were hard hitting but they showed the reality of CF, and not just for those with the condition, but also their parents, spouses, siblings, friends.
It's all fun and games…
The “Wear Yellow Day” was set up in the Seminar Room and got kicked off at 7am. Yellow decorations were up throughout the entire hospital with yellow ribbons available for staff to wear on their uniforms. There were games such as: “Hunt the Yellow Ticket” where three tickets were each hidden in bags of sweets costing £1, “Guess how many sweets in the jar” which ended up with 5 pages of guesses from staff, patients, and visitors.
At 11am, our mascot Edna the Kangaroo, delivered yellow roses to our inpatients whilst also distributing the yellow ribbons to all staff. Some amazingly good cakes were made for the “Great Yellow Bake Off”, all yellow themed of course! The cakes were then sold for further donations.
In the afternoon, General Manager, Amy Simpson, drew the raffle as staff sang along to the ‘yellow songs’ which played throughout the hospital for the duration of the day.
The final tally
The wonderful day came to a close and after all the yellow-ness was packed away, Angie had the fun job of counting up all the money made throughout the day and quite amazed to discover that the grand total came to £1555!
Thank you to everyone who donated and got involved: patients, visitors and staff. The Oaks really all came together and achieved a wonderfully successful day making an amazing amount of money for Cystic Fibrosis Trust!