Fifteen years of fantastic fundraising!

Big QMC Abseil 2021

Posted on: 10 Nov 2021

This week, we’re celebrating the 15th anniversary of Nottingham Hospitals Charity by looking back at all the fantastic fundraising events our supporters have undertaken over the past 15 years!

From glass walks and fire walks, to a Guinness World Record attempt, our amazing supporters have taken on some truly memorable fundraising challenges!

Back in May 2018 we held our biggest ever event, when over 1,100 Robin Hoods gathered together in Wollaton Park for our Robin’s Big World Record Attempt. We had a great day in the bank holiday sunshine meeting some of our incredible fundraisers and donors, and seeing everyone dressed as Nottingham’s greatest legend – all in support of our Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital.

The Robin of Nottingham raises his bow in the air in front of hundreds of people who are dressed up as Robin Hood.

Robin's Big World Record

As well as enjoying a spot of fancy dress, our fundraisers have also shown themselves to be true daredevils over the years. In December 2009 dozens of brave fundraisers took on a glass walk in aid of Nottingham Hospitals – and the following November, many returned, joined by fellow adrenaline-seekers, for our first ever fire walk.

More recently, we’ve seen hundreds of supporters descend 100ft down the side of the Queen’s Medical Centre, as part of our annual Big QMC Abseil. The abseil is one of our most popular events, with 92 supporters taking on this year’s drop in September 2021 – raising a phenomenal £26,000.

Abseiler Alexis Tizzard, who took part with her mum Gail, said: “We both really enjoyed the experience and felt very safe throughout. We were pleased to take part in something fun, but also worthwhile, we would definitely do it again!! For me personally, my mum is such a wonderful inspiration and obviously where I get my thrill seeking streak from.”

Alexis and Gail hang off the side of the QMC. They are both looking at the cameraman.

Alexis and Gail Tizzard at the Big QMC Abseil

Another popular annual event is our dragon boat race, which sees teams of corporate supporters, community groups and Nottingham Hospitals staff paddling down the River Trent in a race to be crowned dragon boat champions! Each year we’re blown away by the fantastic costumes and incredible determination shown by the paddlers!

A team of 17 sit on a dragon boat. There is someone dressed in a captains outfit sitting at the front of the boat.

Charity Dragon Boat Race

As well as taking on our charity-organised fundraising events, our incredible fundraisers have also organised and taken on a whole host of events themselves. From Snowdon climbs to cycle rides, and baking competitions to Christmas jumper days, our super supporters never fail to amaze us with the lengths they go to in order to raise funds for Nottingham Hospitals.

Sanjeev and his brothers and friends celebrate at the top of Mount Snowdon. They are all wearing white Nottingham Hospitals Charity t-shirts

Sanjeev Sharma, his family and friends on Mount Snowdon

Incredibly, more than 1,000 local businesses have supported Nottingham Hospitals Charity over the years, giving back to their city!

Thank you so much to every single individual, family, community group and local business who has supported us over the last 15 years!

Find out about our upcoming events!

Take a look at just some of our highlights over the past 15 years.


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