Our Charity Chief Executive Barbara Cathcart gives a personal insight into a new medical research award
“Remember, remember the 6th of November”. It’s a very special day for us as Nottingham Hospitals Charity was born on 6th November 2006. Twelve years on we are honouring our inaugural chairman by announcing our first ever William Colacicchi Clinical Fellowship.
A legacy of funding successful research in Nottingham
All our charity’s success over the last twelve years and all the areas that we have supported have taken place under William’s direction and guidance. This has ranged from research through to new building development like the Wolfson Cystic Fibrosis Centre. It has included the creation and reconfiguration of services like gastroenterology and elective surgery for older people. We have also supported junior doctors’ mentoring and investment in nursing development.
We are delighted that a clinical fellowship is being initiated to mark William’s contribution to Nottingham Hospitals Charity. During his time with us William had a keen interest in developing the Charity’s research programme. We almost doubled our Charity seed funding granting capacity throughout his tenure.
Event to celebrate our research success
On November 6 some of our Charity’s friends and supporters will join with us in launching the William Colacicchi Fellowship when guests will meet the successful Fellow and hear about their work. We will also celebrate the work of Nottingham Hospitals Charity’s Charity Research Fund and the investment made in our local Nottingham hospitals’ research programmes. We know that of the £1.2 million grants we have made in seed funding projects alone, a further £11 million in funding has been attracted– a very successful return.
Over the years, we have supported about 150 projects which equates to almost £8 million funding. This represents a combination of seed funding and funding for specialist areas such as respiratory, gastroenterology and child obesity. We’re thrilled with these results and we have proven a good return through our project choices.
Our philosophy has been to establish a balance between awarding new, young researchers right through to supporting existing research teams. We believe that this combination represents a good cross-section of skills and experience and provides a diversified approach to research. This is important given that our funds are donated from grateful patients. As a charity we steward these funds effectively and ensure that they are well spent.
Building our future research funding
The ambition for our research programme is to increase funding through more fundraising. To achieve this we are partnering more closely with our hospitals’ research and innovation streams and our local universities. We also aim to broaden our areas of grant application recruitment through membership in a national organisation of research charities. I am happy to say that we are going to remember the 6th of November for another 12 years at least!