Donate in December – a new fundraising campaign for our hospitals
As we all know, even though the clapping has stopped, the vital work of the NHS goes on. We need your support more than ever this Christmas, as like most other charitable organisations, fundraising during the pandemic has been difficult, with many of the usual ways to raise money off the table due to Covid-19 restrictions, and events cancelled or postponed.
We want to ensure the good work we do continues; such as providing iPads for patients to keep in touch with their loved ones, bravery presents for our young patients, and care packages to help those admitted to hospital unexpectedly. The role you play in helping us to do this is absolutely vital. We appreciate how hard our communities have been hit during the pandemic, which makes your on-going support even more valuable.
Can you help us? It's so simple – on 1 December, when our new fundraising campaign goes live, just share this link with all your social media and email contacts. Who do you think might make a donation or even set up a JustGiving fundraising page, linked to our campaign? They might do a sponsored walk, complete a run or bike ride, shave their head or hold a virtual garage sale?
So, come back on 1 December and get sharing! Together, we can make our hospitals even better, please join us #GivingTuesday
Live video chats with Santa this Christmas!
As grottos close and Christmas events are cancelled, your hospitals charity is now offering live videos chats with Father Christmas.
For a small donation of £10 this merry fellow will video call your family over Microsoft Teams for a safe and personalised chat.
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for a booking form and the elves will be in touch to arrange your booking and accept your donation. We’ll have all the information we need to make this a very special and magical experience and together we’ll be making our hospitals even better!
Help us with Amazon Smile: they donate when you shop
It's easy as one, two, three: donate money to our charity while shopping on Amazon this Christmas.
- Visit smile.amazon.co.uk and logs in the normal way
- Chose us as your nominated charity
- Shop and our charity will receive 0.5% eligible purchase price
Supporting the health and wellbeing of your NHS staff
As the King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity, we are proud to support our local NHS staff.
Covid-19 has impacted on all of us, in so many ways - which makes seeing our communities pulling together at this time to support our extraordinary NHS staff even more inspiring.
Over the last few months, staff across our hospitals have been working under extreme pressure – being there for our patients at a time when their loved ones often can’t be.
We know the better we care for our staff, the better they can care for you; and this is becoming ever more crucial, now and moving forwards. Which is why our dedicated fundraising appeal is all about looking after the health and wellbeing of staff at King George and Queen’s hospitals.
We would very much appreciate you joining us as we focus on raising funds to ensure they are well looked after, and will work with staff to get it right – because organisations that look after their staff attract and retain the very best people who give the very best of themselves.
Thanks to your generosity, we’ve already been able to provide dedicated wellbeing hubs where staff can take a well-deserved break and recharge their batteries. We’ve also supported the introduction of ‘wobble rooms’, a space our staff can visit if they are feeling overwhelmed so they can rebalance before going back to providing patient care.
Our staff also got a huge boost recently when West Ham United Football Club chose our charity to support as it looks to give back to the NHS while we tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
There are many ways the club is supporting us – from donating shirts and raising our profile, to encouraging their fans to support us and getting their academy players raising funds. They are also offering morale-boosting video calls for our staff, which is especially appreciated given how many Hammers fans there are among us!
We know these are difficult times financially for many of us, however, your gift, no matter how small, will help us continue to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, so they can continue to provide great patient care to our communities.
We’re focused on enhancing the quality of your care and hospital experience here at King George and Queen’s hospitals. Below are some of the most recent projects we’ve been able to fund:
Bravery toys for children
To make the visit to our phlebotomy department a little easier for our youngest patients, we provide toys and stickers to help ease the anxiety of giving blood which, if we’re honest, can be a bit scary for adults too!
Reclining chairs for overnight stays on our children's wards
It's really tough on parents when a child is ill and receiving care in hospital. We want to make it easier for families to stay together and focus on the child's recovery as much as possible, so we've provided funding for 30 new soft reclining chairs that enable parents to sleep comfortably alongside their child and stay close by all through the night.
Adaptive wheelchairs for stroke patients
Patients who have suffered a stroke may need to be in a wheelchair for longer periods of time. Tilt-in-space wheelchairs adjust to suit the needs of the patient and can be positioned or reclined to help maintain the correct posture, as well as assisting with even pressure distribution with anatomically shaped cushioning. This can help our stroke patients experience a much more comfortable and secure recovery.
We’ll soon be introducing special nasal tubes to help our patients breathe more easily. This eliminates the need for restrictive face masks that cover the mouth, nose or entire face enabling patients to eat, drink and communicate with staff and loved ones more easily without interrupting treatment.
West Ham United and our charity
Watch Aaron Cresswell speak with Trust staff, members of our charity team and Chair Joe Fielder.
In late June, West Ham United captain Declan Rice spoke to some of our Hammers' supporting staff.
Treasured Memories Appeal
The Treasured Memories Appeal provides ongoing support to bereaved children and young people by providing memory boxes, which are put together by Queen's Hospital's Palliative Care Team and contain books which help children come to terms with losing a loved one, and items to keep the memory of their loved ones alive, for example, presents for special occasions such as their 21st birthday, wedding day, and photos, etc.