The Forever Friends Appeal

Speech and Language Therapy Special Appeal

A Fiberoptic Endoscopic Evaluation of Swallowing (FEES). Patients have to wait for a specialist clinic whilst they wait, they are unable to eat or drink and will have a feeding tube inserted, often an uncomfortable procedure. A FEES machine would enable the hospital to provide bedside support.

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It ran from 12:00 PM, 1 December 2020 to 12:00 PM, 8 December 2020


Registered Charity in England and Wales (1058323)

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United Kingdom

  • Gerry ended up in the RUH after a fall. Despite the incredible care he received, we said goodbye to him after a difficult three weeks. He was a wonderful husband and father. The saddest thing for us as a family was to see this bright and talkative man lose his ability to eat, swallow, and speak.

    — The Hones Family

  • By having this portable machine at the RUH it will allow us to provide a gold standard level of care for our most vulnerable patients.

    — Catherine Cawley, Clinical Specialist Speech and Language Therapist


Many people can develop swallowing difficulties as a result of conditions such as dementia, Parkinson’s disease, stroke, respiratory conditions and head and neck cancer. When they eat or drink they can experience coughing and/or choking . Patients are having to wait for a weekly clinic to be assessed, meaning they often are left unable to eat or drink whilst they wait, meaning patients must have a feeding tube to keep them alive.


By funding a FEES machine which is portable so our therapists can be trained to assess their patients without delay at their bedside. This would remove the need to send them for an x-ray and have a feeding tube. Patients’ well-being would improve and our therapists would be able to recommend appropriate treatment straight away.