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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.
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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.
The Royals visited Newham Station in London, part of London Ambulance Service which has benefitted from £100,000 in funding from NHS Charities Together.