Carole keeps up her dedication to Bristol charities

July 14 2020

CAROLE Ashmore has been fundraising and volunteering for almost 50 years, and she is not ready to stop just yet.

Most recently, Carole pledged to help the NHS during its battle with the coronavirus pandemic, after losing her friend Lorraine to the disease. 

The money raised was donated to Bristol's Southmead Hospital Charity, to thank NHS staff for being by her friend’s side when her family and friends couldn’t be. 

In 2019 Carole, 75,  from St George, took part in a sponsored walk to raise money for a Neurosurgery Robotic Microscope to be used at the hospital. 

The Modus V robotic digital microscope was derived from technology created to send to the International Space Station. Its state-of-the-art design will allow surgeons a clear picture, offering extreme detail, which is particularly important in neurosurgery. The engineering has been described as a breakthrough in optics, video processing, digital augmentation and robotic automation, and while it can be used across many types of surgery, neurosurgery would benefit most. Allowing for more accurate brain surgery would also mean a better outcome for patients. 

Carole Ashmore MBE with neurological consultant Mr Teo

If the fundraising is successful, Southmead could potentially be the first hospital in Europe to own this piece of kit, aiding the hospital in maintaining its status as a centre of excellence in neurology.  

Carole was awarded her MBE in the Queen’s birthday honours in 2013 for her charity work in Bristol, which she continues to dedicate her life to. 

Southmead Hospital Charity raised £3.4 million last year. The Covid-19 pandemic has put a stop to some of its fundraising activities but it is finding creative new ways for people to support it safely,

The total cost of the Neurosurgery Robotic Microscope is £750,000. 

If you’d like to donate, head to this address: https://coronavirus.everydayhero.com/uk/carole-ashmore-mbe-thank-you-to-our-nhs