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March 2021, St George's Hospital
The John King Brain Tumour Foundation is passionate about supporting the incredible work of the Neurosurgeons at St. George’s Hospital Trust, Tooting, London.
We're very proud that during 2020 we were able to raise £150,000 to purchase another state-of-the-art Zeiss surgical microscope for the hospital. This microscope along with the Zeiss Pentero 900 which we purchased in 2019 both enable surgeons to see further into the brain and thus be able to remove more of the tumour during surgery.
Not only will this increase patients’ life spans but also help Tim Jones, the Consultant Neurosurgeon at St. Georges, to provide training to his team.
The new microscopes each have a “teaching arm” which allows medical students to watch the surgery and learn during live operations. Each microscope will be used approximately 1,200 times a year in theatre and will not only help adults and children with brain tumours but also will be used for other paediatric and adult neurosurgery including spinal cord surgery, repairing ruptured blood vessels in the brain, brain tumour removal and repair of spinal bifida in children, trauma and many other conditions.
“These Microscopes have a long life and can be used for many neurosurgical conditions including glioblastoma's have a potential working life of 20 years and are going to have the potential to help thousands and thousands of patients”
Emma Rodgers Art: Sculpted “Ovation Hands”
In support of The John King Brain Tumour Foundation, renowned artist Emma Rodgers has created a special tree sculpture “ Ovation’ that will be dedicated to the John King Brain Tumour Foundation and found a fitting home in a memorial garden at St. George’s Hospital. Emma Rodgers is a UK based International artist with works held in several major collections including National Museums and Galleries and featured in R.A., V&A, Saatchi and leading private collections.
In the words of Emma:
“The sculpture is based on an English Oak, the Monarch of the forest and one of the most loved trees in the world, It’s a symbol of strength, wisdom, nurturing and healing. Only fitting to celebrate the life of John King the adored husband of Laura. The foliage is represented by hands clapping applause in praise, love and appreciation of the team at Atkinson Morley Wing, St George’s and the incredible NHS. I think the tree describes life and nature simply but beautifully - growth,
renewal, hope, love. These are emotions which I hope all patients feel during their care at St Georges.
The leaves cut individually, are actually silhouettes of hands in mid applause. From afar, they appear to be foliage on the tree, but on approach you realise they are hands clapping to symbolise our thanks to St Georges hospital and the amazing team at the NHS. The applause will grow over time due to hands being added from people donating to the charity, as I wished to create a piece of art which people can be a part of by sponsoring their own pair of hands, applause, a symbol of thanks, praise, and appreciation to the NHS."
Saturday 17th October 2020, starting from 7PM
The foliage is represented by hands clapping applause in praise, love, and appreciation of the team at Atkinson Morley Wing, St George's, and the incredible NHS.
- Emma Rodgers , Artist
We are delighted to offer our supporters the opportunity to sponsor your own pair of hands for £250, which will form part of this amazing piece of art, containing your personal engraved dedication and in addition to you can have an additional personal framed copy for your home, office or a gift.
By purchasing this you can help provide much needed funds for the charity. Each Sponsorship is a personalised, long lasting and meaningful way of helping the charity to improve care and equipment.
McKissock Garden Regeneration
McKissock Ward, Atkinson Morley Wing, St.George's Hospital
During John’s treatment, we discovered the roof gardens for neurological patients outside McKissock Ward. The famous Brain Surgeon Henry Marsh CBE commissioned the gardens to help with patient recovery however following Henry's retirement in 2015 the garden was in serious need of some TLC.
With the agreement of the hospital the John King Brain Tumour Foundation has adopted the garden and and thanks to a team of friends and charitable donations , it has been transformed into an oasis where patients and their families can escape the hospital and see the sky, surrounded by trees and growing plants all full of life.
I found life on the ward extremely noisy, bright and exhausting thus was delighted when I discovered the roof garden. It brought me great joy at a time of great stress.
- Wendy Dutton (May 2019)
Over the last few months the neurosurgical wards and theatres at the Atkinson Morley Wing, St. George’s were converted to house and treat those infected with COVID- 19, so the wonderful team there have been battling on the frontline against the virus with trying days of hard choices and rationed resources.
The roof garden adjacent to the McKissock Ward, which the John King Brain Tumour Foundation maintain, became a peaceful haven to the staff where they could escape the intensity of the wards and feel the fresh air.
Just wanted to say thank you for the roof garden. I’m an anaesthetist and I was deployed to work on the Covid ICU’s for 8 weeks in March and April when we were the busiest.I’ve been moved back to the operating theatres now as things have calmed down. Those weeks on Brodie ICU ward were tough and challenging. But the garden made such a big difference to all of us who worked there. It meant that we could have half an hour in the fresh air to have our lunch. So good for our wellbeing and it was a lovely space to be together with colleagues. It’s what made those grim weeks bearable for me to be honest with you - so thank you so much from all of us.
- Dr Rumiko King, Anaesthetist (June 2020)
“The PPE staff are wearing is very hot, and they are working in scrubs, so the roof garden is a haven where staff can step out for some quiet reflection and to cool down. We cannot give the staff a hug, but these flowers will.”
- Laura King
Paediatric Neurosurgery Equipment
June 2020, St. Georges Hospital
We are delighted to announce that the charity have been awarded a grant of £13,000 from the DM Thomas Foundation to enable us to purchase a Combined Two-Pin Skull Clamp and Actuated Headrest for the paediatric neurosurgery team at St. George’s Hospital. It is a state-of-the-art system which is safe for children under 5 years old and reduces potential complications such as skin necrosis and pressure sores.
The Headrest will provide cranial support for infants and young children when they are lying on their front or back. It also allows adjustments and thus flexibility in patient positioning. It has an adjustable pad base which will accommodate various head sizes.