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NHS Charities Together provides a forum for nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, provides advice and guidance to its members, bespoke conferences and training days covering issues and development opportunities for NHS Charities, as well as access to on line resources and support through exclusive member pages on the website. NHS Charities together also provides the collective voice of NHS Charities and impact they make.
There are more than 250 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.
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. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.
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.
LATEST NEWS AND BLOGS
Our research shows public support for NHS staff who are bearing a mental health burden from Covid-19.
More than 1.5m people joined the Run for Heroes movement last year to make a difference for the NHS and impacted in such a positive way Run for Heroes is doing it all again this year with 5KMay.
Cards producer thortful smashes fundraising target to raise more than £130,000 for NHS Charities Together
We would like to say a huge thank you to thortful cards and customers who have raised an amazing £130,125.50 for NHS Charities Together. Thank you for supporting NHS charities, and thank you for caring for the NHS.
The funding will support Community First Responders and other volunteers who will work with ambulance crews across the UK, to help ease the pressure on the service at one of the most challenging times in its history.
When we launched our Covid-19 appeal as the first lockdown started a year ago, we had no idea how long we would be running it for and how the challenge facing the NHS would develop. We just knew that we wanted to do whatever we could to provide support to NHS staff, volunteers and patients as they faced the unknown and the unprecedented.
Our Royal Patron HRH The Duke of Cambridge speaks with NHS staff linked to projects we are funding throughout the UK
Our Royal Patron spoke with NHS trust staff by phone to find out how funds we have awarded to NHS charities are making a difference at the frontline.
As we remember Captain Sir Tom Moore, the impact of his phenomenal fundraising is being felt up and down the UK via NHS charities. The £33million he directly raised has funded a huge breadth of projects.
Everyone at NHS Charities Together is devastated by the news Captain Sir Tom Moore has passed away. We owe him so much and our hearts go out to his family and friends.
The approval and roll-out of vaccines has finally given all of us some light at the end of the tunnel, but we are very much still in the tunnel, especially those NHS workers who are currently caring for a surge of Covid patients.
The Liverpool FC captain created #PlayersTogether and we are delighted to work with him as he fundraises and promotes the impact of NHS charities as our first official Charity Champion.
Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity and chairman of NHS Charities Together, has been awarded an OBE in the New Year Honours list for charitable services to the NHS.
As the year draws to a close, we look back on some of the inspiring fundraising activities to raise funds and awareness. We are so grateful to all who have supported and continue to support NHS Charities Together.
Generous support for NHS Charities Together has allowed NHS charities throughout the UK to spread festive cheer to lift the spirits of staff, volunteers and patients.
How do you say thank you to the people who raised a scarcely believable £150m for NHS charities in such challenging circumstances? Well, you can’t really, the words aren’t big enough for the job.
We’re delighted to welcome Their Royal Highnesses to our charity. The official announcement was made during the first visit of their Royal Train Tour across the country.
We are delighted to announce the appointment of three new directors to join the Senior Leadership Team alongside Chief Executive, Ellie Orton, in January 2021.
We have made a £12m urgent fund available immediately to all NHS charities in areas dealing with a surge in cases and hospital admissions. With £50,000 available for each NHS charity, they can direct the money towards whatever will make the biggest difference for the staff, volunteers and patients they support.
Special congratulations to the individuals awarded with Queen’s Birthday Honours following incredible fundraising for our Covid-19 Appeal for the NHS. We’re delighted some of the fundraisers have been officially recognised, including The Body Coach Joe Wicks.
Our Covid-19 Appeal has funded a new Health and Wellbeing Practitioner for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic staff at an NHS Trust. Read Charlene’s guest blog for Black History Month on the importance of her role here.
12,500 NHS workers in Surrey are proudly wearing badges of appreciation for their efforts during the coronavirus pandemic. A Covid-19 Appeal grant awarded to Frimley Health Charity paid for the specially commissioned tokens.
Thanks to continued support for our Covid-19 Appeal, the Stars Appeal charity has spent its latest grant on a range of staff and patient wellbeing projects, including Mental Health First Aid training and a dedicated staff wellbeing counsellor.
Hundreds of NHS charities throughout the UK are receiving Covid-19 Appeal funding and The Royal Cornwall Hospitals Charity has shared a thank you video as a show of gratitude for their recent grant to support their BAME and Hidden Communities programmes.
Cuddly toy dogs paid for with Covid-19 Appeal donations relax children during appointments and ensure there is no risk of infection. They have been well received by patients and families.
Our grant to Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity means more staff at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust will be offered additional support for trauma experienced at work or home during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Thanks to donations to our Covid-19 Appeal, the Forever Friends Appeal has been able to provide new entertainment systems for patients living with dementia among a range of added extras for staff and patients.
We’re a proud partner involved in shaping the growth of social prescribing, as £5million is awarded by The Department of Health and Social Care to The National Academy of Social Prescribing to connect people with community activities.
The figures are huge, from the fundraising total to the number of individuals and new projects that are being supported. And we’d like to say an even bigger thank you to every one of our donors, fundraisers and supporters who are helping us to make a difference.
Marks and Spencer is highlighting how donations are helping after the retailer raised a phenomenal £6.4million for our Covid-19 Appeal. Matron Suzanne Vickers explains how her patients were able to say their last goodbyes using iPads funded by generous donations.
Wellbeing rooms and gardens have been introduced across Bradford Teaching Hospitals Foundation Trust to support employees’ mental health during the coronavirus outbreak.
The generous donations made to our Covid-19 Appeal have enabled Bright Charity to introduce a number of projects, from ‘grab and go’ veg bags to solutions for deaf and hearing-impaired patients and staff.
We are proud to announce that £65million in Covid-19 Appeal grants has been allocated to NHS charities throughout the UK, thanks to the huge outpouring of generosity in support of NHS staff, volunteers and patients.
Staff at East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust will benefit from a range of projects focussed on mental health and wellbeing, thanks to Covid-19 Appeal grant funding to Colchester & Ipswich Hospitals Charity.
Thanks to generous donations to our Covid Appeal, youngsters staying on the children’s ward at York Hospital have sensory and interactive toys to play with. It helps keeps them occupied and makes the situation less stressful as children’s ward facilities are limited due to Covid-19.
Nurses and midwives in Rotherham will now get to access extra peer support to help them through the Coronavirus pandemic, thanks to funding from NHS Charities Together to the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity.
Last week week we hit an unbelievable milestone. Following our announcement that the Covid Appeal has raised an astounding £130 million, how the donations are getting to NHS charities so they can support staff, volunteers and patients.
Since launching in March, the appeal has raised a staggering total of £130 million and more than £30 million has already been made available to local NHS charities to support NHS staff, volunteers and their patients as they tackle the Covid crisis.
Parents of sick kids at Birmingham Children’s Hospital are being provided with overnight accommodation during the Covid-19 outbreak courtesy of generous donations.
NHS charities are widening the scope of the support they provide to make sure patients have access to the care and support they need for recovery and wellness, by nourishing vital regional partnerships outside hospitals.
We’re asking our members to submit applications with a particular focus on support for people disproportionately affected by the Covid crisis, such as BAME patients and staff and other groups including those with disabilities.
We’re joining the call for everyone to get together for the NHS’ birthday on July 5, to thank NHS staff, key workers, good neighbours and all those who are helping to get us through this difficult period.
Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has started running a new befriending line to offer isolated carers a friendly chat at this challenging time.
Staff, volunteers and patients at four trusts in the region are benefitting from donations to the national fundraising campaign.
York Teaching Hospital Charity has spent Appeal funding on walkie-talkies for York Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust to improve efficiencies in the care of patients.
Birmingham Community Healthcare Charity has funded well-being activities and items for patients and staff thanks to donations to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
My Wish Charity has spent Urgent Appeal funding on material for hospital scrubs made by volunteers in the community.
Leeds Cares has invested further in a fund to support staff who are struggling financially, and also plans to establish a hardship fund for patients and volunteers.
Join us this International Nurses Day as we celebrate and say a big thank you to all nurses who are doing incredible work in challenging circumstances.
Niece Janet says technology meant she could give a ‘virtual hug’ which aided Charlie’s recovery while he was seriously ill in hospital.
Leicestershire Partnership NHS Trust staff welcome the new wellbeing rooms which have been created with the help of funding from the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
The young fundraiser, inspired by Captain Tom Moore, has received a Point of Light Award from Prime Minister Boris Johnson for his daily walks to raise funds for our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
The equipment purchased by Oxford Hospitals Charity with funding from the Urgent Appeal means children and young people can now have the tests done at home instead of hospital.
Phenomenal milestone reached within six weeks as a result of amazing fundraising initiatives including Captain Tom Moore’s, t-shirt sales, charity singles, fun runs and more. But the work is not done yet.
University Hospitals Birmingham Charity among our members kitting out relaxing areas in hospitals called Wobble Rooms, with donations raised through the national Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
NHS Charities Together has so far distributed £20m to over 220 member NHS charities across the UK. This money has been raised through the national Covid-19 Urgent Appeal to support NHS staff, volunteers and patients.
These are the Hands, described by broadcaster Jon Snow as ‘the most emotional 1 minute 50 second film’ is a poignant and moving ode to our National Health Service, to help raise funds for our Urgent Appeal.
From NHS Charities Together and on behalf of our member NHS charities, we salute Captain Tom, a record-breaking fundraiser who’s touched the nation with his determination and raised tens of millions of pounds for our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
Hundreds of patients at Leeds Teaching Hospitals are benefitting from free bedside media services, thanks to NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal funding.
NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal funding has been spent on games and activities for young mental health patients most likely to be affected by isolation in hospital and the community.
County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust Charity among the first charities to benefit from an NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal grant.
Set up with an initial target to generate £5,000, more than £4million has already been raised by Run for Heroes. 900,000 people, including our CEO Ellie Orton, take part in 5 x 5 x 5 fundraiser in solidarity with NHS heroes working on the frontline in the face of the coronavirus.
How a war veteran’s fundraising for the NHS earned him the hearts of the nation and tens of millions of pounds for our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
Answers to questions about our Urgent Appeal to support NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients.
ITV dedicated its whole day to NHS heroes in NHS Day which celebrated the incredible work of the NHS and highlighted our appeal, taking over the regular schedule.
Hugh Grosvenor, The Duke of Westminster, is donating £5million to our COVID-19 Urgent Apppeal to create a family fund. This will provide respite, rehabilitation and mental health assistance to NHS staff and their families.
Their duet of ‘We’ll Meet Again’ has been re-released with 100% of Katherine Jenkins and Decca Records’ proceeds going to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
This is a fantastic initiative from the Premier League players that will raise vital funds for our Appeal but will also inspire many others to give donations as well.
Pledges in Bonhams’ not-for-profit digital auction have been generously donated by the UK’s leading actors, musicians, artists and sportspeople in aid of the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
Thousands of campers across the UK slept in their tents, lounges and camper vans for our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, raising a fantastic £90,000 in eight days for NHS staff, volunteers and carers. The fundraiser proved so popular another is being planned.
Say hello to a gingerbread ‘NHS hero’. Decorated in blue scrubs and sporting a stethoscope, the specially crafted gingerbread is available to buy in all Morrisons Cake Shop counters with all profits going to our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
Popular home hair cutting challenge involving people up and down the country raises thousands for our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, to support NHS staff, volunteers and carers during the coronavirus pandemic.
This year’s Grand National has gone virtual and The Jockey Club has launched an unprecedented “My Stake For Their Sake” campaign. It encourages millions of Grand National fans to donate what they would have wagered on this year’s race to help raise vital funds for the NHS.
Leading names in the sport of horse riding, including Zara Tindall and Frankie Dettori, are taking part in Equestrian Relief to support our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
ITV paused programming wth a message urging viewers to Clap for our Carers and donate to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. Viewers were also encouraged to share messages of support and check on neighbours at this time of isolation, through their landmark mental wellness campaign Britain Get Talking.
Professional dancers AJ and Curtis Pritchard are on a mission to get the nation dancing while raising money for the UK’s fantastic NHS workers through our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal.
Say a big thank you and show your support for NHS staff and volunteers by joining a host of famous faces flying the flag with a downloadable design from ThankYouFlag.com.
University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire Charity is raising money to create care packages for NHS superheroes on the front-line, fighting Covid-19.
Seb Hargreaves, our Member Support & Development Manager, encourages NHS charities to apply for the grant and the wider public to support the the Urgent Appeal to make a positive difference to those on the frontline of the NHS.
The NHS charities National COVID-19 URGENT APPEAL launched on Monday by NHS Charities Together reached over £15million within its first 5 days. The appeal supports hospital staff and volunteers at the frontline caring for Covid-19 patients. Thank you to XTX Markets...
NHS Covid-19 appeal smashes £10million milestone within hours of launch thanks to generous donation from XTX Markets
AN URGENT appeal launched by NHS Charities Together to support hospital staff and volunteers at the frontline of the Covid-19 crisis has already raised more than £10million of an £100million target. Thanks to a £10million commitment by XTX Markets within hours of its...
A nine-month old who defied odds when she was born premature, has had a hand in raising over £600 for charity. Lottie-Beau weighed just over 700 grams when she was born three months early and her family have since raised money for local NHS charity Blue Skies...
One in six women who lose a baby in early pregnancy experience long-term post-traumatic stress, according to research supported by Imperial Health Charity. The study, carried out by scientists at Imperial College London and KU Leuven in Belgium, was published in the...
AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds 2020 has today announced Leeds Cares as its Official Charity Partner. Welcoming thousands of amateur and elite competitors from across the globe, the 2020 edition of the AJ Bell World Triathlon Leeds will see participants swim, bike and...
NHS Charities Together are elated to announce the launch of 'These Are the Hands - Poems from the Heart of the NHS’ in March 2020. These poems give a unique insight into the real experiences of the people at the heart of the NHS, caring for us from the moment of birth...
NHS Charity Blue Skies (the charity for Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust) held its annual festive fun run this month, beginning at Blackpool Zoo before the runners jingled their way around Heron’s Reach. Teams representing NHS workers, local...
Last month, an annual Brand Relevance Index, run by a leading brand and marketing consultancy, found the NHS to be the most relevant brand in the UK. It found that our National Health Service is more relevant to the UK public than Spotify, Netflix and Sony...