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Charnley Legacy Lives On

Newsdate: 02 June 2016 Lady Charnley

It is with great sadness that Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust announces that one of our greatest benefactors and supporters, Lady Jill Charnley, has passed away.

Lady Charnley was the wife of Professor Sir John Charnley; who is regarded as one of the great pioneers of medical science. He famously invented the hip replacement and clean air theatre in the 1960s, at Wrightington Hospital.

Professor Sir John Charnley won acclaim nationally and internationally for his contribution to Orthopaedic Surgery and was awarded a Knighthood in 1977.

After professor Sir John Charnley died in 1982, Lady Charnley was keen to ensure that his work and Wrightington Ground Breakingresearch continued. She personally ensured his last project was completed and the John Charnley Trust was born. Through this Trust over £1.7m has been given for Orthopaedic research projects, education and assistance in enabling attendance at, and organisation of, Orthopaedic education seminars.

Lady Charnley has supported the hospital in other ways. For example she frequently supported events at Wrightington Hospital, marking key moments in its history. She opened the patient information centre, the Charnley Research Institute and more recently took part in our ground breaking ceremony for our new £18.1m Orthopaedic Unit, which opened in December 2015.

On Saturday, 28 May 2016, members of her family, friends and colleagues past and present all joined together to remember Lady Charnley and to celebrate her life. Those present heard moving speeches from two of her children, Tristan and Het Charnley; as well as, Chris Faux, Chairman of the Charnley Trust and retired Consultant from Wrightington Hospital.

Chris Faux said “Jill was a wonderfully determined lady and had the ability to engage with people, making them feel like they were the only people in the room. She supported the work of Professor Sir John Charnley tirelessly even after he died. She will be sadly missed”.

The teams at Wrightington continue to honour the traditions set by Professor Sir John and Lady Charnley by remaining at the forefront of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research.