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Every year we are always astounded by the generosity of our patients, relatives, staff and members of the public who devote their time and effort to fundraising for our hospitals.
That generosity has helped us to purchase new equipment and improve facilities across our hospitals benefitting both our patients and staff.
All charitable donations are managed by The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund (Charitable Funds) which has a specific committee, in order to safeguard donations and legacies. This is a registered charity (number: 1067163), which is governed by the laws applicable to Trusts i.e. The Trustee Act 2000 and the Charities Act 1993.
The charity’s mission is to raise income and manage funds to improve patient care either directly with patients or indirectly via staff. We do this by enhancing the services provided by the Trust and funding additional items of expenditure, which would not otherwise be funded by the NHS.
As a result, the aims and objectives of Charitable Funds are very simple:
“To benefit patients or towards the benefit of staff, which will result in improved patient care”
We try wherever possible to respect the wishes of those making donations about funds going to specific areas or for a specific purpose and we also have general funds to support Trustwide services or services at specific hospitals.
The work that Charitable Funds does cannot be done without the support of both local and national charities and organisations. As a result, we would like to give particular thanks to the following organisations for their generosity since April 2012:
- Sainsbury's (Rosewood Centre, Dewsbury)
- Stepping Stones (Pinderfields Spinal Injuries Centre Limited)
- The Hydes Hospital Trust
- Outwood Primary School
- Alverthorpe Working Men's Club
- Wakefield Scout Group
- Phoenix Netball Club
- Hensall Primary School
- Voluntary Services
- SURF - Spinal Unit Recreational Fund.
The Charitable Funds support a wide range of expenditure, all of which aim to improve the patient experience here at The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Some of the items of expenditure can be small, others can be large. Over the past twelve months, the charity has funded numerous purchases including the following:
The purchase of a variable height baby crib with a heated mattress to assist in the care and therapy of new born babies.
Twenty new chairs for the Burns Unit. These chairs have pressure relieving cushions and drop down facilities for burns patients in order to provide extra comfort. The original chairs that were on the unit have been utilised within other areas of the hospital.
The purchase of two new ophthalmic machines at Pinderfields and Dewsbury for use in cataract surgery. These machines utlise newer technology which gives a lower risk of complications with smaller incisions. Smaller incisions speed up patients' rehabilitation and recovery of vision and reduce the number of patients that subsequently require glasses.
The Charitable Funds Committee has also recently approved a £40,000 grant to the Rosewood Centre at Dewsbury to build a conservatory. The Rosewood Centre aims to help people with life limiting illness and their carers adjust to the physical limitations caused by their illness, along with any social and psychological problems, in a supportive and friendly environment. The conservatory will provide a relaxing informal area where patients and their carers have the opportunity to talk and gain support from others. In 2011, the charity also funded a specialist bath for the centre to enable the centre to provide a therapeutic bathing experience for patients. Using the Jacuzzi facility and the soft lighting and music can help with relaxation, anxiety and relieve pain. A patient commented:
"If you said Christmas comes every Wednesday when I visit the Rosewood Centre I would believe them. That is what it feels like to me when I am lowered into the bath by a very caring Carer. I can justify the big sum of money spent on the bath for people like me."
Making a donation is really easy to do and really does help provide improved patient care.
You can donate by:
- Logging onto our Just Giving website: http://www.justgiving.com/midyorkshospital
- Texting MIDY01 £2 / £5 / £10 to 70070 to donate. Eg MIDY01 £5. This donates into our Trustwide General Purpose fund
- Visiting one of our General Offices at our hospitals (Dewsbury, Pinderfields and Pontefract) and donating by either cash or cheque
- Sending a cheque (please do not send cash) to the Charitable Funds Team directly. Please make cheques payable to:
'Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Funds'
and send them to:
Charitable Funds team
Stanley Hall Annex
Regardless of how you donate, you can add 25% to your donation, at no extra cost to you, by utilising Gift Aid. To be able to do this, the donation must be from yourself and the amount of Income and Capital Gains Tax that you are to pay in the current tax year must be equal to 25% of the donation.
If you wish to donate by cash or cheque, a Gift Aid declaration form is available: Gift Aid Declaration form [doc] 192KB which you can complete and return when handing in your donation to one of the General Offices or by post.
We welcome any individuals or organisations wishing to fundraise on behalf of Charitable Funds. However, we do ask that you contact us before any fundraising event or activity takes place so we can discuss the fundraising in more detail, as well as giving permission to use our Charitable Fund on any fundraising publicity.
If you wish to fundraise for Charitable Funds, please contact a member of the Charitable Funds team on 01924 543293.
Legacies can prove to be an excellent way of leaving a memory in the local area, after your death. We welcome being included in a Will, and we are mindful to adhere to any Trust imposed on the legacy.
If you wish to leave a legacy in your Will, please contact a member of the Charitable Funds team on 01924 543293 or speak to your solicitor when making or amending your Will.
As a Trust, we welcome patient and visitor involvement and ideas. If you have a suggestion on how charitable funds could be used to improve patient experience, please email us on:
or write to use at our address below.
If you wish to know more about Charitable Funds and how you can help support the work that is already done by staff, please feel free to contact a member of the Charitable Funds team on 01924 543293 or email us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also write to us at the following address:
Charitable Funds Team
Stanley Hall Annex