It’s a pleasure to work with NHS charities keen to develop their fundraising, and a real delight to work with the enthusiastic and ambitious team at Newcastle NHS Foundation Trust. We’ve worked extensively with NHS charities over the past few years, helping teams navigate the journey towards an ambitious, proactive fundraising set-up. Many, like Newcastle, have used our Step Change Workshop session as a catalyst for change.
The Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity supports the Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It holds over 500 charitable funds, each supporting every ward, unit, department and specialty right across the Trust. It is enthusiastically supported by so many fundraisers across the North who have been touched by the NHS Trust’s work. Newcastle has been rated ‘Oustanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, and servies 1.8m visitors a year. For major trauma and other specialist services, it cares for people across the North of England and beyond.
The Charity complements NHS resources in Newcastle hospitals to improve the patient experience and enhance facilities for both patients and staff. It includes flagship funds such as the Sir Bobby Robson and Great North Children’s Hospital Foundations – as well as a raft of others each contributing to specific needs and projects. The Sir Bobby Robson Cancer Trials Centre, a partnership between Northern Institute for Cancer Research and Newcastle University, offers patients access to early trials and potential new treatments. The Great North Children’s Hospital Foundation supports pioneering surgery and treatments for children.
We were delighted to work with the hospital and charity team as they considered options for the future. The hospital trust serves a vast population, offers more speciality services than anywhere else, and is held in enormously high regard by the people of the North East and beyond. With so many people owing so much to its leading work in trauma care and other services, there is every potential for fundraising to grow and to support even more cutting edge research and excellent patient care.