The Ben Williams Trust provides support to children with abnormal heart rhythms (arrhythmias) and their families, helping them to learn to live with their conditions and in some cases the threat of sudden death. It does this by funding the creation of specialist posts at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London; firstly Ben’s Nurse, a ground-breaking nurse specialist role and most recently a Clinical Psychologist. The Trust also supports youth cricket, with a particular emphasis on wicketkeeping.
The second post to be created at the Royal Brompton Hospital with funding from the Ben Williams Trust was that of the Ben Williams children’s cardiac clinical psychologist specialising in inherited heart disease. Michele Puckey, Consultant Paediatric Clinical Psychologist explains, “a positive diagnosis of inherited cardiac disease can cause great stress for all those involved. The clinical psychologist works alongside the current team of professionals with children and their families to promote psychological well-being, offer support and to help with any psychological problems that may arise. As with Ben’s Nurse, the aim is to help those impacted to live as normal a life as possible. Research is also being undertaken into how the provision of psychological support can be improved, with proactive rather than reactive intervention.”
The post was up and running from 1 April 2014 and absorbed into mainstream NHS funding from 1 April 2016. We would like to thank Dr Hannah Levy and Dr Chantell Douglas for making the role such as success, and to Michele Puckey for all her support in helping to make this happen.
We are now looking to finalise funding for a third new post at the Royal Brompton, with a special focus on providing additional support for those like Ben making the transition from child to adulthood.
Saturday 9th December was the date for the 2017 Christmas Sale. Clare Taylor’s team surpassed themselves this year, making 60 wreaths in some of the coldest conditions on record. Thanks to the team and everyone else involved on the day, the event raised over £3,000. Over the last 11 years, Clare and her team have made close on 500 wreaths and directly raised £12,500. They have also playing a key role in our Christmas sales over this period generating over £25,000 for the Trust. Clare is now taking a well earned retirement, and we would like to give her our very special thanks for her massive contribution.
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