Robbie's Rehab

When Robbie Keville was 6, he lost his mummy Kate to breast cancer. He decided then to become a doctor. Possessed of a good mind, there was no doubt that Robbie had the ability to realise his ambition one day. However, aged 8, he himself was diagnosed with cancer - a malignant brain tumour. Despite the best efforts of wonderful medical staff, he died aged 10 in February 2016. During his life, Robbie made a great many friend and admirers. Our charity was his idea. He named it, thought of the original fundraising event (the inaugural ‘robbiesrally’ on Valentine’s Day 2015) and was ambitious for its success. Robbie was a great favourite with the NHS staff. A natural-born optimist possessed of a gregarious personality, Robbie starred in an NHS video (robbiesradiotherapy) on paediatric radiotherapy and was asked to open a new schoolroom attached to the children’s oncology ward at Southampton. His family and friend wish to fulfil the aim of robbiesrally, namely to provide staff to rehabilitate children with brain tumours. The service is called Robbie's Rehab. So far, through your generosity, Robbie's Rehab has now been launched by the NHS - 100% funded by robbiesrally. Currently we have one employee, one being selected and 5 more in planning. We hope that all 7 employees will be in place by June 2019. Having raised £260,000, we are 40% of the way to the £650,000 that is needed to establish Robbie's Rehab for at least 3 years. robbiesrally is a fund within Southampton Hospital Charity. Registration number: 1051543.
Robbie's Rehab
Robbie's Rehab
Through these strange times, many people have understandably had to cancel their fundraising activities. Not so the amazing writer Libby Adam! Libby has written 'DARING' - published yesterday - with all profits going to Robbie's Rehab. Many congratulations Libby and huge thanks from everyone at Robbie's Rehab.

It's a good time to remind ourselves that Robbie's Rehab exists to fill a gap in NHS care. This is why - after a 3 year trial - the NHS were due to commission and pay for the service this June.

Robbie's Rehab charity have decided to 100% fund the service for another year whilst the NHS copes with COVID-19.

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Robbie's Rehab
Robbie's Rehab is with Mark Keville.
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As you may know, the NHS were due to commission Robbie’s Rehab as an NHS outpatient service to treat kids with brain tumours this June. This would have left us free to pursue our objective of a permanent Robbie’s Rehab ward at Southampton Children’s Hospital.

However……

Staff and patients are particularly vulnerable at this time with our doctors, nurses and therapists being asked to continue to provide a normal service, where possible, in all areas IN ADDITION to the enormous collective effort required for the containment of COVID-19.

So our charity has decided the following:

Firstly we have decided that the charity will continue to fund Robbie’s Rehab 100% for at least the next 12 months instead of relying on NHS commissioning in June. We expect that the service will become a permanent NHS department in June 2021 instead.

Secondly - and with the inevitable and necessary reduction in outpatient work - we have agreed that our staff can transfer to inpatient work and other broader tasks where support is required within the hospital.

Please spare a thought for our doctors, nurses, therapists and administrative staff as they continue to treat the Robbie’s kids, providing a calm, loving and healing pathway for those children whose rehabilitation is more challenging than ever.
Robbie's Rehab
Robbie's Rehab
Congratulations to Designhouse! Peter and Lavinia Dobie's clever team of designers won 'Highly Commended' at the Transform Europe Awards in the charity category for Best European Brand with their new design for Robbie's Rehab. Thanks to all the team for their imagination, hard work and generosity in giving so much of their time for kids with brain tumours!
Robbie's Rehab
Robbie's Rehab
Another marathon runner from Robbie's Rehab staff! Dr Taryn Dennison is running the Manchester marathon for Robbie's. Please support her here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/taryn-dennison2

Training hard, she is even managing to keep up her Saturday park runs - pictured below - on right - with Robbie's head honcho Shona Mackie (far left). Thank you Taryn and good luck with your further training!
Robbie's Rehab
Robbie's Rehab
With huge thanks to Brambletye for 'Robbie's Reeling' - last weekend's Burns' Night in aid of Robbie's Rehab. The school whole community is doing so much for the Robbie's kids and there is more to come. Soon members of staff will take to the stocks and get pelted with wet sponges as part of 'Robbie's Revenge'!
Robbie's Rehab
Robbie's Rehab
How often does someone sign up for the London Marathon when they've just started a new job? Not very often! We are very proud of Lucy Francis who has done just that. She is our new Assistant Psychologist. Think of her pounding the pavements and training in the early hours before a day of rehabilitating kids at Robbie's Rehab. Hero!

Please support her!

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucy-francis8