Wellbeing of Women held a celebratory dinner for Sir Marcus Setchell at the Great Hall, St Bartholomew’s Hospital on Tuesday 6th November.
Comedian Rory Bremner hosted the evening and had the audience in stitches with his ingenious celebrity impressions, while the much-loved broadcaster Natasha Kaplisky held a wonderful interview with Sir Marcus on his career.
Over 170 friends, family, former patients and colleagues came together for an evening of fun, food and wine. There was also a classic game of heads and tails, which saw the lucky winner gifted a magnum of champagne and a great auction.
Most importantly the evening was to raise money for the Sir Marcus Setchell Fund, which will be used to support Wellbeing of Women’s work to help ensure safe and healthy births for mothers and babies.
We are extremely grateful to the The Portland Hospital for supporting the evening.
We would also like to thank everyone that was involved and in particular a heartfelt thank you to:
Baroness Anne Jenkin of Kennington
Julia Lloyd George
London Hilton on Park Lane
Marks & Spencers
Mr Peter de Savary
The Great Hall, Barts
Here are some photos from the event taken by Richard Sealey:
Sir Marcus Setchell, Wellbeing of Women Hon. President
Adored by former patients for his gentle and empathetic approach, Sir Marcus is one of the most respected obstetricians of his generation.
His career spans five decades, beginning here at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1967. In that time he has brought many thousands of babies into the world and, in some cases, the children of those he first delivered.
“There is nothing quite like that first cry at the moment of birth, and no matter how many babies one has delivered it remains a privilege – even if it’s at three o’clock in the morning – to share that moment of joy, relief and excitement,” says Sir Marcus.
Having read medicine at Cambridge University, Sir Marcus trained at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital and completed specialist training posts in the East End of London, Oxford, Torquay, Southampton and even Jamaica.
“It was when I saw that amongst all the happiness of birth, there were many cases of sadness and distress, where the hoped-for happiness of parenthood was denied, that I knew I wanted to spend my life working to overcome the problems that can occur in pregnancy and birth,” he explains.
A pioneer in his profession, Sir Marcus set up and developed one of the first NHS In Vitro Fertilisation Units which soon became known as the “test-tube baby units” during his time as a consultant at St Bart’s. He has also lectured, published 11 textbooks, and taken managerial roles both in the NHS and private hospitals.
Appointed as Surgeon-
Gynaecologist to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Household in 1990, Sir Marcus continued in this role after retirement from the NHS in 2008, until after he delivered HRH Prince George of Cambridge in 2013. In the New Year’s Honours he became Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order (KCVO).
Sir Marcus, himself a father of four with nine grandchildren, is as much a trailblazer out of scrubs, having both travelled and worked in countries all over the world. He is also an avid skier, accomplished tennis player and a keen sailor. His adventures include five fundraising treks for Wellbeing of Women, of which he has been a Trustee and Ambassador for many years and Hon. President for over five years.
“After 40 years I am delighted to continue to support Wellbeing of Women because it remains one of the most important enablers for research doctors, scientists and midwives to improve the health of women, and the future of mankind,” says Sir Marcus.
A huge thank you to you all.