Posted on: 03 Jul 2023
Nottingham Hospitals Charity is delighted to be involved in celebrations for the 75th birthday of the NHS on Wednesday 5th July 2023. To mark the occasion, the Charity is collating messages of thanks from patients and staff on two giant birthday cards – one at City Hospital and one at the Queen’s Medical Centre – as well as on a special online dedication page.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity was first formed almost 17 years ago, in November 2006, to benefit patients and staff at Nottingham’s NHS hospitals.
Over the years, and thanks to its generous donors and fundraisers, the Charity has raised over £50million and has funded a whole host of projects across City Hospital, Queen’s Medical Centre, Ropewalk House and Nottingham Children’s Hospital.
Back in January 2010, the Charity made news headlines when an anonymous donor gave £100,000 for a new state-of-the-art ultrasound system at the Trent Cardiac Centre – providing surgeons with 3D imaging of their patients’ heart function, aiding diagnosis and treatment.
In November 2016, the Big Appeal for Nottingham Children’s Hospital was launched. The appeal raised £500,000 to refurbish the family accommodation, giving parents more comfortable surroundings to stay in, whilst their children spend time in hospital.
The appeal also raised £1.6million for an intra-operative MRI scanner, along with a further £1.3million raised by the University of Nottingham. Thanks to supporters from across the East Midlands and beyond, the iMRI scanner has transformed the care of children being treated for brain tumours at Nottingham Children’s Hospital.
More recently, in March 2020, the Charity launched its Help your Hospitals Appeal – an emergency appeal launched at the very beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, to support staff at Nottingham’s NHS hospitals during this time of crisis. Thanks to the support from the Nottinghamshire community, the appeal raised over £300,000 – far beyond its original target of £100,000.
Generous donations enabled the Charity to fund emergency food packages, a psychological support programme, sleep pods, wellbeing centres, refurbished rest areas, and relaxing outdoor areas, to enable staff to take a break during busy and challenging shifts.
Over the years, grateful patients, families and staff members have jumped out of planes, run marathons, baked cakes, donated to Wards and departments across the Trust and left gifts in their Wills to ensure Nottingham’s hospitals receive the very best support through Nottingham Hospitals Charity.
Thank you so much to every individual, family, community group and local business who has supported Nottingham Hospitals Charity over the years.
Please click here to leave a 75th birthday dedication message to staff at Nottingham’s hospitals.