NHS Charities Together provide the national voice for NHS Charities such as ourselves, champion key projects and themes that best enhance patient care and experience, and the impact our NHS Charity funds make. These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable. They provide everything from capital funding for experimental technology to counselling and respite care for the hard-pressed health workers who are currently giving so much.
NHS Charities Together brings together its individual members such as ourselves for nationwide fundraising campaigns, such as the NHS Big Tea, which celebrates the health services’ birthday. They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities.
Seeing the profound impact that COVID-19 was having on our health service NHS Charities Together launched their COVID-19 Appeal to acknowledge and support NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by COVID-19 across the country, including those across Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust.
The response has been truly overwhelming, and Frimley Health Charity has already received our first grant which has been used to meet the immediate and urgent needs of our NHS staff, volunteers and patients. Alongside our own COVID-19 fund that we launched, we have been able to purchase multiple android tablets to help our Covid-19 patients stay in contact with loved ones during isolation, install sensory accessories and lighting for ‘Wellbeing Hubs’ across our sites so staff have space and time for reflection and provide furnishings for staff break rooms and garden makeovers to improve indoor/outdoor relaxation areas.
Together WE ARE stronger and we’re so thankful for the incredible support we receive from NHS Charities Together so that we as a charity can continue to improve patients’ lives across our local community.
When war veteran Captain Tom Moore went on a mission to walk laps of his garden for the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, no-one could have guessed where his fundraising would lead. He’s smashed milestone after milestone as his total rose into the tens of millions of pounds and made history as the most raised by an individual fundraiser on JustGiving. Read more about his story at https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/captain-tom-moore-a-true-inspiration/
Bonhams is backing the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal with an auction of generous pledges from leading artists, musicians and sportspeople. Ellie Orton, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said: “This is a brilliant result. We are so grateful for all the work and hours that Bonhams put into the BLUE auction and for waiving their fees, which is tremendously generous and kind. This is will make such a difference to the NHS staff, volunteers and patients impacted by Covid-19.” Image shown is from the auction.
Run For Heroes encourages people to put their daily exercise to a good cause. It asks people to run, walk or cycle 5km, donate £5 to NHS Charities Together via the Run For Heroes giving page and then spread the message even further by sharing a picture of themselves exercising on social media, tagging Run For Heroes and nominating five of their friends to also take part and donate. Find out more at https://www.nhscharitiestogether.co.uk/run-for-heroes-raises-4-6million-and-counting-for-urgent-appeal/