How you can help

You can help to improve the lives of the patients we treat in a number of ways, from running your own fundraising event to making a donation. No matter how much money you raise, or how big or small your donation, we are always grateful. It is a tremendous help to our patients and to the health and wellbeing of the teams who provide our patients’ care.

Fundraising and events

If you would like to raise funds for our umbrella fund, any of our appeals, or a specific cause or service you care about, we would love to hear from you.

Just let us know when and how you are planning to raise the money, as well as the type of event you are organising. Don’t forget if you need any help or advice, please contact us – we would be happy to help.

If you are going to plan a fundraising event on our behalf, please bear in mind that there are certain guidelines you will need to follow:

  1. You must contact us to let us know you are organising a fundraising event on our behalf. Then we can provide you with a letter which will give you permission to do so.
  2. We will help you to advertise your event on our website and in publications, such as our Community Health magazine.
  3. If children are going to be involved in the event, please make sure they are supervised at all times. Children are not permitted to collect money for the charity.
  4. Do not carry out house-to-house collections or collect money in the street for the charity, as a special licence is required for these activities.
  5. Please make sure you have first aid cover if you are organising a larger event. We can give you contact information for St John Ambulance or British Red Cross.
  6. If you intend to run a raffle on behalf of the charity, please contact us so we can go through the requirements with you.
  7. You will also need to contact us about special licences (such as playing music or selling alcohol), food hygiene regulations and public liability insurance.

We are so grateful for the support you give. We want to be sure you know we are here to help and guide you through any fundraising activity, so please feel free to contact us at any time. Honestly, we won’t bite.

One-off and regular donations

Perhaps a friend or family member has received great care from us and you’d like to donate to our charity as a way of saying thank you?

Maybe you’d like to set up a regular donation to our charity to help us improve our services for you and other patients in your community?

Or perhaps you simply love your local NHS and want to show your support for what we do?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then visit our how to donate page to find out how to make a one-off donation or setup a standing order to give to our charity on a monthly, quarterly or annual basis.

Legacies

Legacies are often given to show appreciation to a particular service or member of staff who cares for someone at the end of their life. You can choose to make a gift, in the form of a legacy, to our charity in your will. Your legacy can be used solely for the hospital or service you were treated by, or you might prefer the money to be used more widely across a range of our services. That decision is up to you.

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