NCH&C Charitable Fund

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What We Do

NCH&C Charitable Fund raises money to support patients, their families, carers, and the staff at Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH&C) NHS Trust.

We use donations to provide equipment and services that are above and beyond those funded by the NHS and make a genuine difference to patients.

Donations are received from grateful patients and families of NCH&C NHS Trust and our community. Donations may be designated to a particular ward or service if requested, otherwise the funding is used wherever the need is greatest within the trust. 

With your vital support we can continue to help enhance the service that cares for you and your loved ones.

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Enhancing patient care

Charitable donations help staff in our hospitals and across the community to deliver healthcare that’s above and beyond what's possible with standard NHS funding. With your help, we can fund specialist equipment, training and innovative ideas that help patients to receive outstanding healthcare in enhanced environments.

Below are just some of the many ways you have supported patients and their families…

Creating dementia-friendly wards

A major redevelopment to older people’s wards is minimising disorientation for patients living with dementia and ensuring a more comforting space.

Click here to read the full case study. 

The difference we’re making

  • Refurbishing wards to create spaces more suited to the needs of people living with dementia. Five wards were transformed providing clearer signage, contrasting colours and decluttered walls to help patients navigate around wards easier, promoting independence.
  • Ensuring the needs of people living with dementia are integral to the design of clinical facilities and care - day rooms and social spaces have been created so patients can safely move around and aid recovery.
  • Supporting a programme of work to promote dementia-friendly environments and care across the hospitals we support.
  • Delivering Dementia Awareness training to Trust staff.

Staff development

By ensuring that staff have access to the latest training, development and emotional support, they can continue to provide the highest quality of care.

Thanks to your generous donations, hospital staff are able to expand their existing knowledge through specialist training, keep up to date with the latest medical advances and introduce new developments from across the world back into Norfolk to improve patient care.

We also support many of NCH&C health and well-being initiatives across the trust.

Transforming patient and staff environments

We work collaboratively with NCH&C Trust colleagues to improve patient comfort and the overall healthcare experience, turning innovative and creative ideas into reality. By improving the hospital environment and creating a 'home from home' atmosphere, we make spaces more welcoming and comfortable to have a positive impact on patient and staff wellbeing.

We place patient needs at the centre, to create positive environments to receive care and recuperate in using generous donations to transform our hospital spaces - from renovated day rooms and therapeutic outdoor spaces to displays of artwork and photography from local artists.

Click here to see the amazing patient therapy outdoor space created at Kelling Hospital.

Clinical equipment

The Charitable Fund helps provide specialist medical equipment that would otherwise be unavailable, ensuring that our patients have access to the best possible treatment.

We know how important it is that our medical teams have access to the latest technology to deliver the best possible care, that’s why we work together with NCH&C to ensure that local patients have access to the latest cutting-edge equipment.

Click here to find out how a specialised programme we funded, called BiSSkit, has helped our rehabilitation team with stroke patients recovery.

Get Involved

Your support means we can fund more projects that make a real difference, from enhancing patient care to training our staff to do more.

There are many ways you can support NCH&C’s Charitable fund. Why not take on a fundraising challenge or make a one-off donation?

Don’t forget, if you are a UK taxpayer – we can claim 25% of your donation back from HMRC at no extra cost to you. 

Please complete our Gift Aid Declaration Form to help your donation go further.

Every penny you raise helps to transform lives. Click here to see examples of what your generous donation could fund. 

Donate

Whether big or small, your donation matters. Your gift helps us make new breakthroughs in research, and deliver wonderful care to thousands of patients.

By making a donation or setting up a regular gift today, you will be supporting your local NHS and the fantastic work being undertaken at NCH&C Trust. We’ll ensure that your money goes to where it's needed most, but if you’d like to support a specific area, please let us know.

You can post a cheque or arrange to drop off your donation to our HQ: NCHC Charitable Fund, Woodlands House, Norwich Community Hospital, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TU.

Please click here for our donation form, or click here for more information about paying in a donation. 

Alternatively, you can make a donation via our Just Giving page, or our Virgin Money Giving page. 

In memory

Donating in memory of a loved one is a special way to honour them and help transform the lives of patients in our care.

Remembering a loved one through a memorial donation is a wonderful way to honour a special person during a difficult time. There are many ways you can make a meaningful and lasting tribute to their memory.

In memory donation envelopes: At a funeral or memorial event, you might like to hold a collection with friends and family. Please talk to your funeral director about making arrangements.

Make a one-off donation: To make a one-off donation in memory of a loved one, you can go to our donate page or download our donation form. There is space on both forms to tell us in whose memory you are donating.

Create a tribute page:

On a MuchLoved tribute page, friends and family can remember someone special together. Online tributes are a unique space for friends and family to share memories, thoughts and photos of their loved one and light virtual candles to mark anniversaries. Visitors can make donations in memory of your loved one to Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust Charitable Fund directly on the tribute page.

To create a page in memory of someone special, visit the MuchLoved website. It is straightforward and free to set-up and the page will remain open for as long as you want it to.

Legacy

A gift in your will is a special way to make a lasting difference for patients, families and hospital staff.

You might have personal experience of the hospitals or want to leave a legacy in memory of a loved one. Whatever the reason, you can be sure that your generosity will help future patients.

After you’ve taken care of your family, a gift to the NCH&C Charitable Fund will help hospital staff go above and beyond NHS funding.

Your gift might fund specific training for staff, or buy equipment that transforms patient care and as a result help us deliver amazing health care. A gift in your will could make it happen.

If you are considering leaving a legacy to NCH&C, thank you for your genorosity. 

Fundraise

If you’d like to give to NCH&C, there are many ways you can fundraise for donations:

In celebration: Whether you’ve got a birthday, wedding, anniversary or other celebration coming up, you can support us as part of your event and help more patients receive brilliant healthcare. You could request donations instead of gifts at your birthday or wedding, or even try Facebook’s new fundraising tool to collect donations around your celebration.

Challenge events: Whatever you choose to do, we’ll support you all the way. Whether you’re a runner, a swimmer, a climber, or something else, set yourself a challenge that can change lives.

In your community: Whether that be at home with family friends, with colleagues virtually or in person or with a community group.

Please contact us for any questions, more information, or to get started.

Email: charitablefund@nchc.nhs.uk

 

How to give

JustGiving is a good way for people to donate to your event online. Get started by setting up a JustGiving page of your own www.justgiving.com.

If you’ve already had the event and would like to pay in the donations, please visit our donate page: https://www.justgiving.com/norfolkcommunityhealthandcare

About Us

NCH&C Charitable Fund has been in existence since 1995.  It is one of 250 registered charities attached to an NHS Trust across England and we are regulated by both the Charity Commission and NHS legislation.

The Charitable Fund team operates to raise money, manage funds and approve funding requests from NCH&C NHS Trust. Our funding enables the provision of facilities, services and equipment over and above what’s possible with NHS core funding.

Our key purpose is to benefit the patients and families of the community that the trust serves.

Who we support

Our mission is to fund healthcare projects and initiatives that have the greatest potential to change lives. To achieve this, we proudly support the dedicated staff of the Norfolk Community Health and Care (NCH&C) NHS Trust.

As a community NHS trust, NCH&C provide a broad range of services from helping children and their families get off to the best possible start in life, all the way through to specialist end of life care.

In between, our services cover caring for frail elderly housebound patients, providing care on inpatient units, including a regional and specialist rehabilitation centre, as well as supporting those with learning disabilities.

Staff work from multiple sites, and over a very large geographical area with multiple and diverse partner organisations.

Where your money goes

We are so grateful for all donations, big and small. Your donations allow us to support the fantastic work of our partners to improve the healthcare in our local Norfolk community.

We’re committed to spending your money responsibly and you can see our full accounts in our Annual Reports.

In this financial year (2020/21)…

  • 94p in every £1 of the charity’s spending was used for charitable activities
  • 52p in every £1 enhanced patient care
  • 37p in every £1 supported staff welfare 
  • 4p in every £1 provided staff training
  • 1p in every £1 supported volunteer expenses
  • We spent a total of £265,000

Contact us

We have a small team who look after the Charitable Fund and ensure that the operational plan is delivered to fulfil our strategic aims.

Carol Plunkett
Charity Development and Project Manager
 carol.plunkett@nchc.nhs.uk 

Tracy Harvey
Charity Administrator and Finance Officer
tracy.harvey@nchc.nhs.uk.

You can write to us at: NCH&C Charitable Fund, Room G028, Woodlands House, Norwich Community Hospital, Bowthorpe Road, Norwich, NR2 3TU. 

Or, you can email us at charitablefund@nchc.nhs.uk or telephone us on 01603 272572.

Governance

GDPR Statement May 2021 

NCH&C Charitable Fund Annual Report and Accounts 2019-2020

Fundraising Regulator

Registered with the UK Charity Commission 

Our Corporate Trustee 

NCH&C Charitable Fund is the official NHS charity of Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust (NCHC), which operates as sole corporate trustee.

The Trust Board has devolved responsibility for the ongoing management of funds to the Charitable Funds Committee, to administer the funds on behalf of the Corporate Trustee. The Committee meets every quarter to monitor financial and operational performance.

The board delegates responsibility for oversight of the Charitable Funds to the Charity Trustee Committee.

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