About us What we do Heart and lung diseases remain two of the biggest killers in the UK. It is estimated that 3.5 million men and 3.5 million women in the UK are currently living with cardiovascular disease. Papworth Hospital Charity exists to support the ground-breaking work of Papworth Hospital. With increasing pressures on NHS resources, the charity plays a vital role in ensuring the hospital continues to provide the highest standards of care, whilst also ensuring the development of new ways of treating heart and lung disease. Pioneering medicine and innovative surgical advances at Papworth Hospital have not only transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients but also helped shape cardiothoracic medicine internationally. This has been made possible through the generous funding provided by Papworth Hospital Charity. Your support can really make a difference, not just for Papworth Hospital, but for cardiothoracic patients around the world. Performing the UK’s first successful heart transplant in 1979, and the world’s first heart-lung-liver transplant in 1986, Papworth Hospital is responsible for a great number of medical ‘firsts’. With the financial support and investment provided by the hospital’s charity, we hope to be responsible for many more.