A special exhibition celebrating staff working across the Horton General has been unveiled this week.

The display – which features over forty large images of staff - from physios to pharmacists – is located in the corridors leading to the Horton’s main reception.

Cutting the red ribbon was Steve Kinch, from Banbury, together with his daughters, Leah and Danielle. 

An image of Steve’s wife, Horton nurse Dayle Kinch - is pride of place in the exhibition. Dayle died last year from breast cancer having worked at the Horton for close to forty years and the Kinch family have raised huge sums for Horton General Hospital Charity in support of the Brodey Centre.

Steve said: ‘We’ve loved seeing all these photographs of staff at the Horton and it feels very special that Dayle is included in the exhibition. We all miss her terribly, but know she would have loved these pictures of her friends from across the Horton and had a good laugh with colleagues about it all.’

Most of the photographs were taken by local professional photographer, Jon Lewis, who also works part time as a porter at the hospital. 

Sarah Vaccari, from the charity who commissioned the display, said: ‘Jon’s expert eye and camera skills, together with his own local knowledge of the hospital and its characters, have helped to get a lovely ‘behind the scenes’ feel to the images.

‘They show the camaraderie and humour that bonds hospital staff, as well as highlighting the range of roles that keep the hospital running.

‘We really think they brighten the corridors up and illustrate the compassion that is at the heart of the Horton.  At the hospital charity we know that many donations are made to thank staff for their dedication and care, so it seemed fitting to launch our Horton Charity Challenge by focusing on the hospital’s staff.’

Many of the photographs feature wards and departments that have benefited from the charity’s long-term support – including the cardiac, cancer and children’s areas.

The Horton General Hospital launched its new fundraising drive at the unveiling and inviting people to get involved and make a difference.

Horton General Hospital Charity raises funds across the Horton to buy additional specialist equipment and make the hospital more comfortable for patients and staff.

The Horton Charity Challenge aims to get more people and businesses in the local community taking part in fundraising for the hospital.

Douglas Graham, Charity CEO said:  ‘There is a long tradition of charity support for the Horton General, in fact the very first Horton hospital came about thanks to a donation and then a legacy gift from Mary Ann Horton.

‘So we are delighted that this year we are building on our long-term support by funding even more important medical equipment that will make such a difference to thousands of patients in the local area.

‘We’ve already been able to purchase innovative equipment for the heart, cancer and children’s teams thanks to donations, fundraising and gifts in wills. So as we launch our Horton Charity Challenge, we are asking the local community to get involved and help us to raise these extra funds that will make such a difference.’

To find out more about the charity’s events, download a fundraising pack or simply make a donation visit www.hospitalcharity.co.uk/hortoncharitychallenge or get in touch with the team using the information below.

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The Horton General Hospital Charity is part of Oxford Hospitals Charity (registered charity number 1175809). All donations and fundraising made for the Horton, or ward and departments within the hospital will support projects for the Horton General Hospital.