Charity and fundraising
Our Trust is indebted to the Cumbrian community for their continued support of our hospitals through our charitable funds.
Our charity is called North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund and is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales - Registration: 1059946.
About the fund
The fund is an umbrella charity and together with a general account has a number of separate funds. These include funds for radiotherapy, CT scanner; children's fund; cancer fund; breast cancer; cardiology; renal and medical equipment.
The Trust Board has devolved management of the fund to the Charitable Funds Committee and this is chaired by one of our Non-Executive Directors.
The charity does not actively seek to raise funds because healthcare is provided free at the point of delivery under the NHS. It therefore relies on donations and legacies. There have been several community campaigns launched with the support of the local newspapers and these have helped to provide very expensive equipment in our Eden Breast Screening Unit and for our Cardiology services.
How charitable funds are used
The charity continues to support a wide range of charitable and health related activities benefiting both patients and staff. In general, funds are used to purchase varying additional goods and services to enhance existing services in our hospitals.
The overall income to the charity was just over £1 million for the year ending 31 March 2010. This included donations of £510,000 and legacies to the value of £458,000
The charity made donations of £764,000 across a range of programmes and these included:
Over £14,000 was spent on staff and patients' welfare and amenities such as providing children's play activities
Numerous grants were awarded to enable our staff to attend health related training courses and study days to improve their knowledge. In addition, we have recognised the dedication and loyalty of our staff with Long Service Awards
Annual Report and Accounts
Copies of the North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund’s Annual Report and Annual Accounts are available by clicking the links below:
if you would like more information about the fund or would like to raise funds for our hospitals or one of our services, please contact the Communications Department on 01228 814344. The Communications Department can organise publicity for your fundraising idea, both within the Trust and externally.