The charity champion award gives recognition to staff who have gone over and above to support Moorfields Eye Charity during the previous 12 months. The support of staff across the Moorfields network is invaluable to the charity and 2016 was a shining example of staff going to great lengths to help raise vital funds. It was the dedication of Professor James Bainbridge that shone brightest last year and with nominations open for Stars of 2017, he shares his story.
Can you explain a little bit about your role?
I am a retinal surgeon and keen to develop new treatments for people with retinal conditions that are currently untreatable.
It was your charity work that meant you were a Star of 2016, in particular, RideLondon2016. What did that entail?
It’s a cycle ride out of London into the Surrey hills and back. It’s 100 miles long and was great fun to do. I used the opportunity to fundraise for Moorfields Eye Charity and was very fortunate to be supported by so many people with generous donations.
It is said that you ‘go above and beyond’ to encourage your friends and even patients to get involved, what inspires you to raise funds for Moorfields Eye Charity?
People who come to Moorfields are often struck by the high quality of care they receive. They are inspired by the opportunity to contribute to that care by donating to Moorfields Eye Charity.
How did it feel to get recognition at the March 2017 ceremony?
I was greatly flattered - there are so many highly deserving people who have done a great deal to support the charity. I felt privileged to accept the award on behalf of the clinical and research teams with whom I work.
Colleagues praised you as an ‘outstanding representation of staff engagement with the charity’, how does that make you feel?
It’s very rewarding to receive such recognition. I enjoy the opportunity to engage with people who have been inspired to support the hospital.
It’s been nearly a year since you were named a Moorfields’ Star, has this affected your approach to your work?
It was fantastic to receive such encouragement - I’m hugely grateful. I’m one of a large team of people who are all critical for improving outcomes and I see it as recognition of a team effort.
How important is it to recognise staff going the extra mile?
It’s hugely important to get that feedback. It recognises the contributions of individuals in our community who make invaluable differences to the care we provide.
Entries are now open for this year’s stars, what kinds of people would you like to see nominated?
What’s great about Stars is that it’s so inclusive - it recognises people involved in every aspect of the care that Moorfields provides, from all over the Trust.
What advice would you give to someone considering a nomination?
Everyone should be considered - this is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate unsung heroes!
And finally, you were described in three words as “dedicated, supportive and a powerhouse”, could you describe being a Moorfields’ Star in three words?
Flattered, moved and inspired.
Moorfields Stars is supported by Moorfields Eye Charity and closes for nominations on 24 November. If you know someone who deserves to be recognised for going over and above in their work for the trust, nominate them today. For more information visit the webpage
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