Presentation of the Nominoë Fund, which has been collecting money since 2014 to carry out projects for the Rennes University Hospital and its patients.
The Nominoë Fund is an endowment fund of the University Hospital of Rennes which, since its launch in 2014, has brought together 5,000 donors and funded about fifteen actions for patients and their loved ones. The teacher Yannick Malledant, resuscitation doctor at the Rennes University Hospital and administrator of the Nominoë Fund.
France Bleu Armorique: It will be difficult to name all the great achievements you have already made in eight years with this Nominoë fund. We can still mention the creation of parents’ homes to accommodate families of hospitalized children. There is also the purchase of 30 virtual reality headsets to better experience a painful or stressful treatment. And then two scooters that allow elderly people to go for walks in Rennes. Already, you are proud, I imagine, of all these fine actions?
Yannick Malledant : Absolutely. We are proud because it is a great success all the same. Initially, it was a rather improbable adventure in 2014 to bring together two worlds that sailed somewhat in parallel: the world of health and the world of entrepreneurship. So it was from personal acquaintances that the idea sprang up, which was quite original in France at the time, to create this endowment fund between the world of health and the world of business in a one and only objective. It is the health of the Bretons.
This kind of Fund did not exist in France…
No, it’s a rather original initiative which is a little bit related to what is happening in the Anglo-Saxon world. It is widely practiced in America, whether in Canada or the United States. But now, since then, we have made little ones, even in the region. But it’s something that, at the start, was very, very particular.
Explain to us how it works. Who are the donors of the Nominoë fund?
First of all, there are companies, of which there are 250. But there are 5,000 donors and there is no hierarchy between the major donor and the small donor, because all the actions are extremely varied. . And all that works because we realize that everyone is focused somewhere on themselves, their own health or the health of their loved ones. And so, it is a fund that makes it possible to improve the health of Bretons, but also of the environment, whether they are relatives or caregivers.
Are they Breton donors?
Yes, we are a bit, excuse us, regionalist in the business. It is for the health of the Bretons by the Bretons.
So everyone can donate?
Absolutely. There is a site, the Nominoë fund.
The Nominoë fund has existed since 2014 and has raised 5.5 million euros in eight years. It seems extraordinary. For what kinds of projects?
Yes, absolutely. 5.5 million euros. Eight years is the age of reason. And we were right to be right since we see and you mentioned the first achievement which is very emblematic, it is the parents’ house. That is to say that when a child is hospitalized, often for weeks, because it is heavy pathologies like leukaemia, cancers. What better action then to allow his family, his loved ones to stay next door. This attracts children who come from all over the region. There are benefits for the children as you can imagine, for the parents who can have a permanent cooptation and benefits also for the carers because it facilitates the relationship. So that’s typically an action. And then, as I often say, we are not here to make a social security bis. These are things that are not funded by health insurance. The health insurance operates the CHU elsewhere, but that is actions more in comfort or in innovation.
How do you choose the projects? We can sometimes offer them to you?
Absolutely. There are three, three origins. First, there is the brainstorming that is the administrators themselves. There are a dozen of us who rely on a scientific council which is based on doctors from the CHU who will even launch calls for projects for all CHU staff. Whether you are a department head or a caregiver, you have an idea, come and present it to us. If it’s good, we’ll support it, we’ll help you, and we’ll get it through. And there are actions like that that are typically started by people in the field. This emblematic action of people who are deprived of the use of speech and limbs is often cited. It is a caregiver who had the idea of having a connector that allows them, through their eyes, to communicate with their loved ones and caregivers. So, great idea tremendously supported.