The role of hospital charities has never been more important.
And under the umbrella of NHS Charities Together, they play a key role in supporting health and social care settings across the country.
Alongside funding for state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering research, the charities also help with those little extras over and above what the NHS routinely provides.
These are things like electronic tablets, sleep pods, sensory gardens and other items that enhance patient and staff morale — both things that are crucial at this difficult time.
Following the generosity of the nation and fundraising efforts from the likes of Captain Tom Moore and the NHS 5K, NHS charities have raised a massive £130 million since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic!
From the everyday to groundbreaking
Our charity, South Tees Hospitals Charity raises funds to improve services that South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust provides to people across the Tees Valley, North Yorkshire and beyond.
This covers The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, as well as community services in Hambleton and Richmondshire, Middlesbrough and Redcar and Cleveland.
We are one of more than 230 charities, which are linked to specific NHS hospitals.
For South Tees, this valuable support over the past few months has enabled us to buy white goods for departments across the hospitals, as well as picnic benches and garden furniture.
Although they might appear small and simple everyday things, they’ve helped improve the environment for both staff and patients alike.
Picnic benches and garden furniture have provided staff with a space outside away from their wards where they can meet, talk and relax.
Fresh air, natural light and green spaces are proven to engage the senses and improve wellbeing; ultimately leading to increased productivity, reduced pressure and better mental health.
Similarly, the fridges and freezers have improved kitchen facilities and allowed staff to bring in a wider range of food and drinks for throughout the day.
But donations go way beyond improving aesthetics and environments.
The charity is committed to keeping hospitals at the forefront of care provision by helping to fund state-of-the-art equipment, pioneering research and the most advanced and up-to-date staff training.
Money, such as the £32million Captain Tom Moore raised, will benefit the full health service for years to come.
Alongside wellbeing packs for staff at the frontline of the pandemic, funding will go towards helping patients leave hospital more safely and quickly, and also providing mental health support for staff and volunteers involved in dealing with the pandemic.
How can you help?
As winter approaches, NHS organisations need your support more than ever.
Households, families, friends and workplaces can all join forces to spread positivity and support an important cause.
Aside from one-off donations, organisations and companies can bring together the power of their business.
Here are some fundraising ideas to consider that are popular with our partners:
- Donating a percentage of profits from the sale of products — you could even create a special one-off NHS inspired item.
- Employee or customer fundraising.
- Corporate donations and matching gifts.
- Raffles, auctions and lotteries.
Individuals can also organise their own fundraising, either from home or outside, but within the government’s social distancing rules. Here’s some inspiration:
- Hold an online auction of things you no longer need or use in your home.
- Put on a virtual cookery course or virtual bake-off — use your cooking skills to teach friends and family your show-stopping recipes and ask them to donate a fee.
- Get healthy and raise money for a great cause — set yourself a physical challenge in the comfort of your own home, in your back garden or outside maintaining social distance.
- If you are musical, why not put on a virtual gig and ask people to donate their entry fee to your fundraising page?
- Get involved with Gaming for Social Good.
Donating and setting up your fundraising page
If you’d like to make a donation to South Tees Hospitals Charity, simply head to our fundraising page.
By selecting South Tees Hospitals Charity, donations will then go directly to the charity.
A massive thank you to everyone who has donated to NHS charities.
From the incredible work of Captain Tom to cake sellers, 5k runners and skilled jugglers, each and every one of you have made a valuable difference to the services, staff and patients of the NHS.
A special thanks also to the local businesses in our region who have kindly donated food, drinks and other products for NHS staff welfare packs.