Stoptober ‘big red ball’ comes to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital


Stoptober – the mass 28-day stop smoking challenge – is back following its huge success last year, which saw 160,000 people successfully complete the challenge.


We are supporting the campaign with the arrival on 26th September at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital (GRH) of the ‘big red ball’ seen on the TV advertising campaign. The 2.5m x 4m ball will be outside the atrium at 12.30pm.


Dr Sally Pearson, Director of Clinical Strategy said:

“Many people will already have seen the Stoptober campaign on TV and via other media outlets. It shows people pushing a big red ball together – and that is the key message of the campaign, that smokers will find it much easier to give up if others are doing so at the same time.

“As an NHS organisation, we work to improve the health of local people. We would encourage every smoker to consider making a quit attempt this October and join the thousands of people who are feeling the benefits from stopping smoking last year.

“Our Trust has a Smokefree policy and we actively encourage people to give up smoking. If you come to hospital and you do smoke, it is part of our routine care to refer you to Gloucestershire's NHS Stop Smoking Service (GSSS).” 


Specialist stop smoking advisors from GSSS will be available at GRH for advice and support between 10am and 2pm. The Occupational Health team from our Trust will also be on hand there to offer health advice to staff between 12.15 and 1.45pm. At Cheltenham General, support and information will be available in West Block Outpatients on the same day.

For more information about Stoptober, call Gloucestershire Stop Smoking Service on 0300 421 0040 or to sign up visit  


Photocall: Thursday 26th September, 12.30pm, outside the atrium, Gloucestershire Royal Hospital