Privacy Statement

Privacy Statement

Last updated September 2023. Nottingham Hospitals Charity (NHC) is committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. This policy sets out how and why NHC collects and uses your personal information, and how we protect it. If we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified, it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement and with current Data Protection Laws. NHC may change this policy from time to time by updating this page. You should check this page from time to time to ensure that you are happy with the changes. For more information, please visit the Information Commissioner’s Office, with whom we are registered.

What we collect

We may collect the following information:

  • Full name and title.
  • Gender.
  • Contact information including address and postcode. This can also include place of work.
  • Phone numbers and email addresses.
  • Bank account details (if donating by debit or credit card/setting up a direct debit for regular donations).
  • Date of birth.
  • We may collect information relating to your health (for example if you are taking part in an event or volunteering for us).
  • Emergency next of kin details (if you are volunteering for us).
  • Information about your activities on our website and about the device you use to access these, for instance your IP address and geographical location.

If you sponsor a person using an online giving platform such as Just Giving and you indicate that you would like to hear from us, then they may pass on your contact details to us so that we can tell you more about our Charity. You should check the Privacy Statements of sites such as Just Giving, before you give them your information.

Any research is undertaken using only credible, publicly available information. This may include sources such as national and local press, Companies House, Charity Commission and from social media sites such as LinkedIn. We’ll only use these where the data has been deliberately made public. We may also use appropriate third-party sources to identify and inform professional approaches to prospective donors, partners and volunteers.

What we do with the information we collect

We collect this information for the following reasons:

  • Internal record keeping.
  • To thank you for your donations, volunteering, or other support.
  • To respond to you if you have made an enquiry.
  • We may use the information to keep you up to date with what is happening at Nottingham Hospitals Charity via our newsletter, but we will always let you know how you can opt out of hearing from us.
  • We may periodically send letters or emails about fundraising or volunteering events which we think may interest you using the contact details you have provided.
  • To administer our website and to troubleshoot, perform data analysis, research and personalise the online communications which are presented to you.
  • To add your messages to our tribute sites.
  • To enable you to sign up to our Big Lottery.
  • We may share your name, and details of your donation, with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust in order to ensure your donations are used according to your wishes. This will be limited to senior members of staff only. You can let us know if you would prefer for your details to remain anonymous and we will always respect your wishes.
  • We may use this information to improve our products and services.
  • If you register an interest in volunteering for the hospital, we will share your personal details with the NUH NHS Trust so that they can contact you.

Data sharing

We do not sell, rent or share your data with any third parties for marketing purposes. We may use third party companies to provide services on our behalf, including but not limited to: sending postal mail and emails, checking our supporter’s personal information is accurate and up to date, processing credit card payments, facilitating our online fundraising platforms and conducting independent audits. We will only provide these companies with the information they need to deliver the service. We do comprehensive checks on these companies before we work with them, and we have agreements in place that set out our expectations and requirements.

We may share your data with the relevant authorities if required to do so by law, for example to prevent fraud or other crimes.

We also may host encrypted personal cookie information on third party websites including Google and Facebook, to tailor and personalise our online communications with you. We use this information to identify ways in which you can support Nottingham Hospitals Charity, and this allows us to show you more relevant digital content.

These third parties may include:

  • Advertisers and advertising networks (for example, social media platforms like Facebook and Google Ad Sense)
  • IT Service providers
  • Analytics and search engine providers (for example, Google Analytics and Google Search)

These companies are used for the purpose of advertising the charity online and allowing us to effectively report the success of those adverts.

Our cookie policy fully breaks down the cookie information we share with other companies, how it is used and how you can opt out should you choose to.

Legal Basis for processing

We process your data as described in this Privacy Statement because we have a legitimate need to do so to meet our charitable objectives. Some processing of data may be carried out to perform a contract with you, or it is required by law, such as the completion of due diligence, or obligations for processing Gift Aid on your donations.

We will only use your email or telephone information to contact you for marketing purposes if we have your explicit consent to do so. In some cases, we may not yet have received consent from you to contact you by post, but feel that you may be interested in our communications (for example, if you have supported us in some way, perhaps by donating or signing up for a fundraising event). We may exercise our legitimate interest to contact you by post in these circumstances, but we will carry out an assessment beforehand to ensure that the way we use your data is fair and does not exceed what you would reasonably expect to receive from us.

You will always be given the opportunity to opt out of communication by any channel at any time, and we will always make it clear to you how to do this.

Security and data transfer

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure, we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect online.

Our database provider, Blackbaud Inc., has some functions which require transfer of data outside of the) UK, but all of their locations are compliant with UK requirements and they have provided EU approved Standard Contractual Clauses. For more information please see their own privacy policy ( If you do not want your data to be shared outside of the UK, please contact us on 0115 9627905 or email Please note that donations and event sign-ups made through our website and the marketing emails that we send are included in this data transfer.

Links to other websites

Our website may contain links to other websites of interest. However, once you have used these links to leave our site, you should note that we do not have any control over that external website. Therefore, we cannot be responsible for the protection and privacy of any information which you provide whilst visiting such sites and such sites are not governed by this privacy statement. You should exercise caution and look at the privacy statement applicable to the website in question.

Retention of data

We will retain your data for the purposes of providing services you have requested, or where there is a legitimate business interest for us to keep it. Where we identify no further need to keep your data, it will be deleted.

Your rights

You have a right to restrict our collection or use of your personal information. When you are asked to fill in a form on our website, there will always be a box that you can tick if you do not want the information to be used for marketing purposes. You can also control the means by which we contact you, e.g. telephone, post, email. You can change your contact preferences at any time.

If you have previously given us your permission to contact you and have now changed your mind, you can let us know by emailing, calling 0115 962 7905, or writing to Nottingham Hospitals Charity, 2 Embley Road, City Hospital, Nottingham, NG5 1RE.

If you request that we do not contact you again for marketing purposes, we will respect your wishes. It may take up to 28 days for us to update our records and for you to stop receiving communications from us. After this time, we may still send you administrative communications, for example in relation to payments you have made or events you have signed up to take part in.

If you ask not to receive any fundraising communications from us, please be aware that your personal information may still be retained and marked to prevent you from receiving any communications and to allow us to have our work independently audited. You have a right to ask us to remove your personal information, and if it’s not necessary for the purpose you provided it to us for, we will do so. In doing so, we will be unable to guarantee that you will not receive communications in the future, because we will have deleted your data and will therefore have no record of past requests from you.

If you want to guarantee that you will not receive communications from us, it is in your best interest for your data to be retained on our system so that your contact preference is recorded and adhered to.

You have a right to request access to personal data that we may process about you. If you wish to exercise this right, you will need to provide proof of your identity and address, and specify the personal data you want access to.

We do not have any access to your medical records. We will not sell or lease your personal information to third parties. We will not share your information with a third party for their own purposes unless required by law to do so. You may request details of personal information which we hold about you under Data Protection Law. If you would like a copy of the information held on you please request this in writing to the address above. If you believe that any of the information we are holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please contact us as soon as possible, so that we can correct the information.

We appreciate your support and aim to ensure that your privacy is treated with respect at all times, in compliance with the current Data Protection Laws.


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