February 2020 - Latcham

We hit our fundraising target for Oscar!

At Latcham we have been fundraising for Oscar, a little boy with cerebral palsy, so he can access life-changing surgery.

Oscar’s dad, Shaun, works at one of our neighbours: a company called TwentySix01, who have their offices in Latcham’s building. We’ve been helping Shaun and his family raise money for Oscar, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in July 2019.

Oscar’s cerebral palsy causes tight and stiff muscle tone, which affects his ability to move independently and means that he is unable to walk unaided. His family are hoping that a surgical procedure called a Selective Dorsal Rhizotomy will improve Oscar’s quality of life significantly. This surgery, which has a very high success rate, aims to improve the muscle tone in Oscar’s lower limbs. This would have a significant positive effect on Oscar’s pain levels, mobility and quality of life. As the NHS is unable to provide this treatment for Oscar, his family turned to crowdfunding to access this surgery. This is when the staff at Latcham decided to help fundraising for Oscar, to help him to access the life-enhancing surgery he needs.

Oscar’s treatment will cost £25,000 in total, including a £2,500 consultation charge to make sure Oscar is suitable for the surgery.

Our goal at Latcham was to raise the £2,500 needed for Oscar’s consultation charge, but we ended up exceeding that target and then some. The final total came to an astonishing £3283.52! This was rounded up to £3,500 by a personal donation by our Managing Director, Mike Hughes.

In January, we welcomed Oscar, his mum Emma and his dad Shaun to the Latcham offices to pick up the cheque, which was given to Oscar and his family personally by Mike.

We hope this money helps to kick off a bright new year for Oscar and his family!





Latcham achieves a ‘Standards Exceeded’ rating with the NHS Data Security and Protection (DSP) Toolkit

We’re proud to announce that Latcham have achieved compliance with the NHS’s DSP Toolkit with a rating of ‘Standards Exceeded’.

The DSP Toolkit is a self-assessment tool developed by the NHS to ensure organisations can measure their security practices against the National Data Guardian’s ten data security standards. This is a required process for any organisation that handles NHS patient data and systems.

Our Managing Director, Mike Hughes, said: “We’re very pleased to have demonstrated that Latcham comply with the standards set in the DSP Toolkit with a rating of Standards Exceeded. This Information Governance Statement of Compliance rating, along with our ISO 27001 and Cyber Essentials Plus accreditations, demonstrates that we provide the highest possible level of data security and privacy for patient records and information.”