Pendrill Varrier-Jones outside a TB Hut

The Cambridgeshire Tuberculosis Colony was an experimental scheme set up in 1916 by Dr Pendrill Varrier-Jones. Following a donation of £5,000 from a wealthy philanthropist, Varrier-Jones was able to buy Papworth Hall estate and on 12th February 1918 the first patients and staff arrived. Imagine if that donation had not been made. Papworth Hospital would not have existed and many people would have died from TB, Terrence English may not have performed the UK’s first successful heart transplant, and research in, and new treatments of, cardiothoracic medicine would not have been conducted. Such is the power of charity. Royal Papworth Hospital still carries out life changing research and has pioneered non-beating heart transplants, carrying out over half the world’s procedures.