Thank you for thinking of our patients and staff. Your donations really make a difference to our hospitals.
If you wish to support our work, there are lots of different ways you can make a donation:
- By phone – call 01708 504335 to make a donation by card
- By post – send your cheque to King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity, Queen’s Hospital, Rom Valley Way, Romford RM7 0AG
- Online – go to our JustGiving page
- As a patient – hand your donation to a member of staff and ask for a receipt
- As a visitor – hand your donation to our cashier in the main hospital reception
Making a general donation helps us to plan bigger projects where the need it greatest but if you would like your donation to go to a particular ward or department just let us know and we will make sure your preferred ward or department receives your gift.
Please include your name and address so that we can send you a well-deserved thank you letter.
If you would like to make a regular gift, please visit our JustGiving page for more information.
Thanks, and don’t forget that ticking the Gift Aid box will make your donation grow.
Make your gift worth more, at no extra cost to you! If you are a UK taxpayer, under the Governments Gift Aid scheme we can reclaim the tax you have already paid on your gift(s). This means that your donation can increase in value by 25p for every £1 donated.
Leaving a legacy
Our charity vision is to support our hospitals and make them better equipped and more comfortable for all who need our care both now and in the future. By choosing to leave a legacy, you will make a huge impact - helping us to turn our vision into reality.
Making a gift in a will is a personal matter and one that can balance providing for loved ones alongside a gracious gesture to support charitable projects. Your solicitor will be able to guide you on this. Big or small, it can help transform care for thousands of local patients and their families for years to come and improve the wellbeing of our staff.
A legacy allows us to plan:
- refurbishment projects in our hospitals
- the purchase of more specialist medical equipment
- funding for research and training
- enhancements in technology and information
Leaving money to a charity in your will can make financial sense too because charitable gifts are exempt from inheritance tax, so it can reduce the tax on your estate. Your financial advisor can help you with the latest in estate planning.
In 2019 we received an amazing legacy from Mary Maud White who had been a volunteer for the cancer department in Oldchurch Hospital. This legacy enabled us to buy our Trust its very first Da Vinci surgery arm bringing robotic surgery to Queen's Hospital.
We recommend using a qualified professional to help you create your Will. This makes sure your wishes are clear and the Will is legally sound.
If you already have a Will, a solicitor can easily amend it for you by writing a codicil to file alongside the existing Will.
Where possible, we encourage broad support, such as choosing to support the charity as a whole (so we can direct your fund to our areas of greatest need) or one of our hospitals or larger medical areas.
This ensures your donation is flexible enough to adjust to future advances in medical technology and be used where the need is greatest.
You should name the charity, King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity, and include the registered charity number (1059455).
If you wish to specify a particular hospital or area it is helpful to say 'I wish to support …' as this means if the area is re-named, or medical technology changes substantially, we can ensure your gift can still be used.
There are three main ways of making a donation through your Will:
- A residuary legacy is a percentage of your estate - you can include your loved ones and charitable causes and will know that the value of these gifts will not decrease with inflation
- A pecuniary legacy is a fixed sum of money
- You can also choose to leave a specific gift - such as a building, piece of land or shares
We would welcome the chance to talk to you about how a gift in your Will could help across our hospitals.
If you would like to find out more, please contact us, or ask your solicitor to contact us.
Telephone: 01708 774825
Gifts in kind
We are very grateful for all offers of gifts for our patients and our staff; however, because of the nature of hospitals, unfortunately we are not always able to accept everything you may wish to donate.
In general, donated goods should be brand new.
Issues such as suitability, risk of choking and infection control are all important for us to consider.
If we can't accept your gift you may like to sell the items (you could try eBay or even a good old-fashioned car boot sale) and then donate the funds you have raised.
We tend to receive many more gifts at Christmas time, especially for our Children’s Department and these are very much appreciated. This creates a lovely seasonal atmosphere; however we would encourage groups and companies to consider giving at other times of year as well - when there is less going on in our hospitals.
Things to remember
- We encourage support throughout the year, not just at Christmas
- Our Children's Department receives wonderful support, but other hospital areas also welcome gifts, particularly to entertain older patients
- All gifts need to be new and unwrapped so we know what we are giving, as many patients have individual needs
- Please, no giant soft toys, but we can take small new ones
- Over the Christmas period we tend to have a lot more babies in the Maternity Department, so gifts that are appropriate, such as new rattles, socks or bibs, are very helpful.
We are also always in need of bravery presents to distract sick children when undergoing scary procedures, for example:
- noisy putty
- little art and craft items
- miniature pinball
- toiletries or gifts for teenagers
- sensory toys
Please get in touch if you require more details; we appreciate you thinking of us.
Raise funds every time you shop online
Did you know that whenever you buy anything online – from your weekly shop to your annual holiday – you could be raising free donations for King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity?
There are over 4,000 shops and sites on board ready to make a donation – including eBay, Argos, John Lewis, ASOS, booking.com and M&S – and it won’t cost you a penny extra to help us raise funds.
All you need to do is:
- Click here to join for free
- Every time you shop online, go to easyfundraising first to find the site you want and start shopping
- After you’ve checked out, the retailer will make a donation to King George & Queen’s Hospitals Charity at no extra cost to you whatsoever!
Experience feel-good shopping – shop at smile.amazon.co.uk and they’ll donate 0.5 per cent of the price of eligible purchases to our charity, at no cost to you. Same products, same prices, same service.
Click here to get started. There are no catches or hidden charges and we’ll be really grateful for your donations.
Remembering someone special
Making a donation in memory of a loved one is a special way of commemorating and honouring their life, while supporting the hospitals that have looked after them.
The following information for families and funeral homes will help you if you are thinking of making an ‘In Memoriam’ donation or making a collection at a funeral, but please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to speak to someone personally.
You may wish to honour the memory of a loved one by making a donation or raising funds to support the hospital area that cared for them – or that they cared about.
Asking friends and family to donate at the funeral is a lasting and meaningful way to remember the person you have lost.
You could create a personalised in memory fundraising page that acts as a tribute to their life – where friends can share memories and make a donation using one of the links below:
We can provide personalised giving envelopes for a funeral, or help you create a tribute page – just get in touch and we will support you to raise funds in tribute of your loved one.
When all donations have been received, we will let you know the total amount raised.
Alternatively, you may prefer to simply make a donation – or set up regular giving to donate monthly or annually, perhaps marking a special date in your loved one’s life.
We hope that in this difficult time the positive action of donating and helping to make a difference for other patients is of some comfort to you and your family.
To talk about how you can achieve the memorial that will mean the most to you and your family and friends, please contact us.
We are incredibly grateful to the many families who wish to remember their loved ones through supporting the hospitals that cared for them.
Our charity covers all the wards and departments in Queen’s Hospital in Romford and King George Hospital in Ilford.
Donations that can be used across our hospitals where the need is greatest are very useful.
Alternatively, if the family would like the collection to benefit a particular hospital, ward or department, just let us know.
King George and Queen’s Hospitals Charity
Rom Valley Way
Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you need any help.
The Treasured Memories Christmas Appeal
The Treasured Memories Christmas Appeal enables relatives, staff and visitors to remember a loved one at this special time by leaving a message and making a donation.
The money raised goes towards memory boxes which are put together by the Palliative Care Team at Queen’s Hospital. The boxes 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 or photos.
In May 2018, Treasured Memories donations enabled us to open ‘Dennis’s Den’. This is a designated space in Queen’s Hospital for us to be able to have difficult conversations such as breaking bad news and helping to support children and young people to share their anxieties and feelings in a trusting and safe environment. The room was named after one of our patients who had a young family and died in 2013.
This year the pandemic has brought new challenges for our patients and their families and the Palliative Care Team has been supporting them as best as they can, given the restrictions. For example, by helping them to keep in touch with their loved ones on our wards through the use of iPads and laptops.
Donations and support for Treasured Memories have never been more important than it is right now.
For more information please call the Palliative Care Team on 01708 435026.
Many NHS organisations and charities need help from volunteers and we are no exception!
We’re always delighted to hear from people or groups who may have some spare time on their hands to help us. We have various ways that you can get involved and we would welcome your skills as you become part of our Charity Community Team.
Our Charity Ambassadors help us to raise awareness of our charity work and encourage others to get involved in our fundraising activities. We think of our ambassadors as an amazing extended fundraising team.
We meet up four times a year to discuss our achievements and ideas for new events. The ambassadors then find ways that they can help to promote our work in their own business and social areas.
Whether you have regular times available or would prefer to volunteer on a casual basis, or if you’d like to know more about the Ambassadors’ Forum, please give Marina a call on 01708 774866 for a chat.