• SGN Press release


    Heart Centre receives festive boost of funds from Oxford team


    27 December 2017 

     Oxford hospital presentation

    Our team presents the donation to the hospital. Pictured from left are Steve Crunden, Phil Stokes, football match organiser Josh Spencer and Louis Quinn.

    The Oxford Heart Centre at the John Radcliffe Hospital has received a festive boost of funds after our staff took part in a charity football match in memory of a much-loved friend and colleague. 

    The match, which was held in Thame in September, was organised as a tribute to Keith Stansfield (better known as Stan), who passed away in July 2014. Stan, a repair team leader at our Yarnton depot, suffered a cardiac arrest while attending a job. He was taken to the John Radcliffe, but despite repeated attempts to save his life he sadly passed away. He was 54. He was hugely popular and respected, with his positivity inspiring everyone who knew him.

    The idea for the charity football match to mark the third anniversary of Stan’s death came from Josh Spencer, who is one of the team based at the depot. The colleagues used their yearly team building fund to pay for the pitch and they raised £415. This was matched by our Into Action fund, which supports employees who give up their time to help charities or their local community.

    And last week, the funds were handed over to the team on the ward. There was also time for the SGN representatives to see some of the equipment which is only possible for purchase through charitable funding.

    Joe Baker, Communications Assistant at the hospital, said: “Thanks to charitable donations to Oxford Hospital’s charity, the Oxford Heart Centre has been able to purchase some important new equipment. This includes bespoke resuscitation trolleys and state-of-the-art video-laryngoscopes.

    “This life saving equipment is now identical across the Oxford Heart Centre which helps the emergency teams to deliver the highest standard of resuscitation and emergency care.”

    Richard Mendham, General Manager at our Oxford depot, said: “Since Stan’s passing our fantastic team have shown great inspiration, looking into different ways to help, support and raise funds for this amazing charity. I would like to say a big thank you to all involved for making this a night to remember. Long may these events continue to not only remember a much loved friend and colleague but also raise vital funding for this wonderful charity. Well done all, Stan would have been so proud.”