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Donation-chequeThe Critical Care unit at Derriford Hospital, Plymouth treats over 1700 seriously ill patients every year.

Spring Intensive Care is a registered charity that supports the unit and relies totally on  voluntary donations which are used to ensure that critically ill patients in Plymouth get the best care possible.

The Charity has used its funds to purchase life saving equipment, fund nurse education and support the families of critically ill patients.

You may support our work by making a donation - please visit our fundraising pages.




In August, one of our ex-patients will be holding a charity event to raise money for Critical Care. There will be a DJ and a raffle, which so far includes prizes such as theatre royal vouchers and £100 John Lewis voucher. The Evening Herald and Cornish Times will hopefully cover the story. Watch this space...


On 5 March 2016, St Piran’s Day, Lucy Parker was invited to Launceston Golf Club to receive a donation, made possible by the fantastic fund raising efforts of the Club.  They raised more than £6000 in memory of Jonathan Bruton (Knight) who was admitted to the Neurosurgical Intensive Care Unit in 2006 and later sadly died of his injuries.

The idea behind this extremely generous donation was his father, Richard Knight.  The money is enough to purchase a C-Mac Video Laryngoscope which will enable the medical staff to access a patient’s airway almost immediately upon arrival and thus saving valuable time.




Amy bravely undertook a sky dive in memory of her beloved father-in-law Mike Gorton, who sadly passed away. She raised an amazing £1689.83 for the Spring Intensive Care Charity.




Our Pencarrow Intensive Care Unit (ICU) had a special visit from a lady that previously stayed on the unit in 2014.

Charlotte Greaves, aged 24, surprised staff on the unit after presenting a cheque for £6,036.00 to the Spring Intensive Care Charity.

In April 2014, Charlotte had a serious car accident whilst travelling home from Plymouth to Portsmouth. Suffering 13 broken bones, a punctured lung, liver lacerations, a brain haemorrhage and a shattered pelvis, which had to be operated on, Charlotte spent 11 days on our ICU after being put into an induced coma.

After spending a total of three and a half weeks at Derriford Hospital before being transferred to Portsmouth, Charlotte has been determined to raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Charlotte said: “Had it not been for the treatment that I received from the staff on the Intensive Care Unit at Derriford Hospital, I wouldn’t be here today. With the help of my family and friends, I have been concentrating on fundraising for the Spring Intensive Care Charity and I am overwhelmed that I managed to raise over £6000.00, I really never expected it!

“I organised a fundraising event at the Langstone Harbour Fishermans Association in Portsmouth, where my family have been members for many years. At the event, I held a raffle, and many companies in Portsmouth kindly donated gifts to include and I auctioned off signed boxing gloves from the professional boxers; Chris Eubank, Anthony Joshua and Carl Frampton. I have also been selling products given to me by companies at car boot sales.

“I would like to thank my partner Ricky, who was in the accident with me, for supporting me throughout and running the Great South Run in Portsmouth, raising over £1000.00 for the charity.

“I am so grateful to ICU for saving my life and for the care and support that they gave to not only me, but to my family as well. I would like to say a massive thank you to everyone that has kindly donated to help raise such an incredible amount.”

Debbie Redding, Senior Sister on Pencarrow ICU, said: “I would like to thank Charlotte for her fantastic fundraising efforts. All of the staff on the unit were shocked after being shown the amount and hearing how hard she has worked to achieve it.

“We will now be able to send some of our staff on training days and refurbish the relatives’ room, which will make such a difference to so many families. We cannot thank her enough.”

Our response: “Thank you so much for making the effort to travel down here from Southsea, it was a delight to see you all. The nursing staff, as I’m sure you could tell, were especially pleased to see you not only looking fabulous but to know how well you are coping.

“How can we even begin to thank you for raising such a magnificent sum of £6,056.00?

“Your incredible achievement has been conveyed to the rest of the nursing and medical staff and they are thrilled to know that their efforts have been so much appreciated.    Please pass our thanks on to those who so kindly contributed. 

“Your donation has gone towards purchasing a HAL simulator.  Hal® 3201 sets a global standard for medical simulation. Tetherless technology allows the communications, compressor, and power supply to be inside HAL®, eliminating external tubes, wires, and compressors. HAL® operates continuously during transport and training can occur in the working environment. Rush HAL® from the accident scene to the ER, to the ICU, while care providers diagnose and treat his condition using real monitoring and resuscitation equipment. Control HAL® at distances up to 300 meters and between rooms and floors of conventional buildings. HAL® smoothly transitions between physiologic states in response to commands from a wireless PC”.


2014 – The TWOMEYS

From the Elber, herself: “Our inaugural Twomey Family Weekend which took place over the weekend of the 6th, 7th and 8th June 2014 was a huge success due to the support we received from near and far.

“Elber and all the organisers would like to say a massive thank you to everybody that helped out, made donations, took part in or attended anyone of the events.

“A massive €70,000 was collected. The money collected was shared between the 3 great hospitals that looked after the Twomey Family, Torbay, Derriford and Cork University Hospital which each received €11,700 and suicide support groups Pieta House, 3T's, Suicide Aware (Cork) and Inspire Ireland each receiving €8775.

“Whilst the money that was collected will be of enormous help to the hospitals and charities, our main objective was to bring people together to remember Connie, Baba Oisín & Baby Elber Marie with love and to promote the reality of how precious life is.” 




Alison is a former patient who undertook an incredible sky dive to raise valuable funds for the charity.



The Pell family organised a challenging adventure to raise money on behalf of Neville Pells.

Samantha Pells writes: “There were 22 walkers in total with staggered timings, I swore that I would complete the challenge in under 24 hours for Nev as he didn't manage it last time and succeeded with a total time of 22 hours and 31 minutes. This included going up and down all 3 mountains and driving in between. Nev’s best friend Steve, that did it with us last time but only managed 2, finished the whole challenge this time in 23 hours, which is a massive achievement by him!! The rest of the group were split in two teams, team one coming in under 24 hours with a few that were just ecstatic to have completed all 3 mountains, Nev’s sister completed the challenge also and is so pleased that she did, we are all so proud of her! All in all, a very proud group of people! I'll email some pics through of the whole group but here is one of the 'turbo' team, it's thanks to these guys that I got to complete the challenge in such a ridiculous time!”

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These young farmers raised £1774.50 on behalf of two villagers that had been patients in ICU.

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Sarah Smith was a patient on the Penrose Intensive Care Unit for 2 days at the end of 2013.  Now fit and well she decided to hold a coffee morning for ICU, and what a coffee morning, she raised an amazing £400! Well done Sarah, it was a delight to see not only you but your children and Mum and Dad as well who helped with the smooth running of the event.



Zelda Murray is the daughter of Tom Hill who was a patient (came in with a strangulated hernia), on the unit for about 11 days in February 2011 and sadly died.  The family have already sent in a donation of £2000 back in April.  Zelda runs her own music school and has organised a music evening in memory of her dad with the aim of raising money for ICU.  It is being held at Hope Baptist Church in Peverell on Sat 3 Dec from 7 - 9 pm.  Hope Baptist can seat 250 people and she has already sold 210 tickets (not sure but thought she said that means £2,100 has already been raised) PLUS she knows some lady who works for Barclays who said that as we are a registered charity, Barclays would add another £700 to the total amount.



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