Three staff members from the Cassel Hospital (Linda (Service Manager), Paul (Psychosocial Nurse) and Chloe (Research Assistant)) took part in the Richmond Half Marathon on September 17th to raise money and awareness for the Hospital’s Charitable Trust.
The team smashed their target and successfully raised over £3,000 for the CHCT.
The Hospital has recently received a generous donation of a beautiful sanctuary garden designed by Tom Massey which will be planted in the Hospital grounds. The fundraising money raised will go towards the installation and planting of the garden as well as various other projects at the Hospital and in the wider mental health and social care community.
Linda said: “Over the years, people have generously donated so much to the Trust and running the Richmond Half Marathon was something that we wanted to do in recognition of their generosity. It has been a great opportunity to raise further funds to help the Trust continue its important work in promoting the effective care and treatment for people with personality disorder and complex trauma.”
There is still time to sponsor the team by visiting their fundraising page.
CHCT is deeply saddened to learn the news of the deaths of our former trustees, The Rt Hon. Countess Mountbatten of Burma CBE CD JP DL and Dr John Denford.
For over 50 years, Countess Mountbatten played a central role in supporting the work of the Cassel Hospital. As the Great Granddaughter of Sir Ernest Cassel, who founded the Cassel in 1919, the hospital was always close to her heart. She strongly supported the hospital when it was threatened with closure and through her work as a trustee, the Trust was able to raise £3.5m to fund the building of the Children’s Centre and the Families Unit.
Clinical lead for the Cassel Hospital and Chair of the Trust, Dr Oliver Dale said: “We were all deeply saddened to hear of the death of Countess Mountbatten of Burma, who has been an inspiration and stalwart supporter of the hospital for well over 50 years.” He added, “The generosity of Sir Ernest Cassel, together with the on-going commitment from Lady Mountbatten and her family, played a very key role in the establishment of this institution, its evolution and its culture. The family’s generosity has supported our survival at times of need and helped us to continue the work that we all so strongly believe in.”
Dr John Denford worked at the Cassel Hospital over many decades, as Senior Registrar, Consultant and eventually, from 1985 to 1993, as its Director. Under his leadership, in 1990, the Cassel fought a vigorous and, in the end successful campaign, against a serious closure threat. Realising the need for outcome research to secure the future of the hospital, Dr Denford carried out a retrospective study and initiated a long-term prospective research study with the aim of providing evidence of the clinical effectiveness of the treatment provided at the hospital. He also introduced an innovative step-down treatment programme. These steps were instrumental for the survival of the Cassel up to this day. He was also the Chair of the Cassel Hospital Charitable Trust during his time as Clinical Director and a trustee from when he stepped down right up until his death.
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The Cassel Hospital’s on-going research project looking at the symptom severity of patients during and after their treatment at the Cassel won a poster prize in the Royal College of Psychiatrists Medical Psychotherapy Conference held in London in April.
The project included treatment outcomes of 40 patients with a diagnosis of personality disorder as measured by the Borderline Personality Disorder Severity Index. The results showed a significant reduction in symptom severity over 12 months from intake to treatment and these improvements were maintained from 12 months to 24 months.