Supporting Royal Papworth Staff in memory of Claire Tripp

Claire joined Royal Papworth Hospital in 1989 and went on to hold a number of senior roles at Royal Papworth Hospital including Director of Nursing, Director of Operations and Deputy Chief Executive.  It was with great sadness that the Charity learnt of Claire’s passing in December 2017.

Claire was well known to the Charity and our supporters and she would often enthusiastically support fundrasing events and champion the work of the Charity and the Hospital. 

Claire's family chose to create a lasting legacy for Claire by opening the 'Claire Tripp Staff Support Fund' where funds are allocated for the benefit of Royal Papworth Hospital Staff.

    A note from the Tripp family:

Royal Papworth Hospital was part of Claire; her career began as an Intensive Care Staff Nurse in 1989, culminating as Deputy Chief Executive in 2017 with nine months as Interim Chief Executive. She progressed due to her determination and passion to succeed, but more importantly through the support of her colleagues. The friendships that Claire built shaped many lives. There were lots of challenging days. However, these were counterbalanced by laughter and so much happiness which allowed her to be that inspirational leader who achieved so much.  

A hospital can only provide expert care because of the commitment and dedication of its staff, clinical and non-clinical. All interdependent on each other to support patients and their families. Royal Papworth has a fabulous foundation of caring staff. Over the transition to the new site this will be more important than ever.

For staff to be able to care, the hospital needs to take care of its staff. Claire was passionate about all the staff. Time was taken to walk the site, visit all wards and departments and hear first-hand how staff were. Following Claire’s sudden death on 23rd December 2017, many kind anecdotes have been shared from her colleagues past and present about how she influenced careers, encouraged them to take the next step, coached them through some tricky situations.  Most of all, she made them feel valued. Claire listened, not only did she listen she sought to address an issue if this was what was required she was the ‘go to woman’ to get things done. Claire believed in meritocracy, equality and fairness.

For staff to develop and grow they need support, there is no one size fits all. Claire’s Staff Support fund will be there for all staff to help them achieve their potential and continue to develop. 

Claire helped shape New Royal Papworth and her fund will continue to support the staff within it.


Donations for this appeal will be paid into Royal Papworth Hospital Charity's Claire Tripp Staff Support Fund (P8576) where they will be used to support the staff at Royal Papworth Hospital.