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18 September, 2018 - 23:12 By Kate Sweeney

Microsoft helps Addenbrooke’s raise £37k

Support from businesses across the region has helped make a real difference in almost every department at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals in Cambridge.

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is dedicated to making a difference for patients at the hospitals and with the help of many generous supporters, has helped buy new hi-tech equipment, paid for specialist staff, contributed to environmental enhancements and funded research that helps improve understanding of various medical conditions and find possible cures.

In addition to individual donations, business across the region have chosen to support the hospitals and provide much-needed funds. One such example is Microsoft Dynamics. 

Using the Seattle-based firm’s match funding promise, a 23-strong team of budding mountaineers has raised £37,000 for ACT.

In 2009, Microsoft employee Martin Shave, from Woodbridge in Suffolk, was told the devastating news that his two-year-old daughter Camille had developed a brain tumour. She underwent treatment at Addenbrooke’s in Cambridge at the hospital’s Children’s Neuro-Oncology unit under Amos Burke. In 2011, following numerous rounds of chemo, Camille was given the all clear. 

The latest charity event is the last in a long series of fundraisers that Martin and his wife have organised, raising money for many children’s charities, including ACT.

Liz Brinsdon, strategic partnership lead at ACT, said: “We are so impressed by Martin and his colleagues at Microsoft for completing the three peaks challenge and raising such an impressive sum for ACT.  

“Corporate partnerships make a real impact to the vital services the hospital provides. Companies tell us that charitable support is a great way of bringing staff together and doing something a little different. 

“If you are looking to engage your staff in fundraising activity while making a difference to the thousands of patients who use the hospitals, ACT will make an ideal charity partner.” 

To find out more about corporate partnerships or how your organisation can support Addenbrooke’s, call Liz Brinsdon on 01223216388 or email Liz.Brinsdon [at] act4addenbrookes.org.uk  

• PHOTOGRAPH: Andy Cowdrill from Microsoft Dynamics, Camille Shave and Dr Amos Burke from Addenbrooke’s

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