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North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust - 70 years of the NHS

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Charity and fundraising

Our charity is called North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund and is registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales, Registration Number 1059946.  

We are very grateful for all gifts and donations received as these enable us to invest in physical improvements to the environment, develop our staff, enhance patient care and provide specialist equipment over and above what the NHS provides.

How charitable funds are used

The charity supports a wide range of charitable and health related activities benefiting both patients and staff at North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust. In general, funds are used to purchase additional goods and services to enhance the services being provided in our hospitals.

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:







Patient Care Equipment and Grants

In 2016/17 around 265 grants totalling £506k were made relating to medical and surgical equipment, furniture, information technology equipment and minor building works, (2015/16: £726k). These grants are used for improvement in the quality of care and comfort of patients by the provision of services or facilities not normally provided by, or in addition to, the normal NHS service. 

Key items purchased by the Charity in 2016/17 were as follows:

  • £53,361  Optical Coherence Tomography machine, Ophthalmology  Department, WCH
  • £23,454  Ambulatory Monitoring Analyser, Cardiology, CIC & WCH
  • £18,375  Biopsy equipment for Breast Screening, WCH and CIC
  • £17,860  Transrectal biplane reducer, Urology, CIC & WCH
  • £13,878  Oxylog 3000plus machine, ITU & Cardiology, CIC
  • £13,390  Digital workstation, Breast Screening, WCH
  • £12,990  Dementia Reminiscence Therapy System, Elderly Care,  WCH
  • £12,500  Siterite probe and sensor, Cancer Services, WCH
  • £11,204  Autopulse Resuscitation System, Heart Centre, CIC
  • £10,400  Sonoscape with probe & stand, Renal Unit, CIC
  • £10,219  Babytherm cot warmer, Special Care Baby Unit, WCH
  • £8,000  Patient monitors and stands, Cardiology, CIC
  • £7,749  Bladder scan and probe, Cardiology, CIC
  • £7,330  Patient trolley, A&E Dept, CIC
  • £6,864  Phototherapy Lamp, Special Care Baby Unit, WCH
  • £6,735  Hemochrome Signature Elite Analyser, The Heart Centre,  CIC

Patients Welfare and Amenities

During 2016/17, grants totalling £6k were awarded (2015/16: £3k) to help improve the quality of care received by patients by the provision of equipment, services and facilities not normally provided for, or in addition to, the normal NHS service. The grants included support towards travel costs for Renal patients following transplants and Christmas parties for our patients.

Staff Education and Training

In 2016/17 grants totalling £106k (2015/16: £106k) were made to enable staff to attend health related courses, conferences and books to further develop their clinical knowledge and skills.

Staff Welfare and Amenities

The grants given for staff welfare and amenities in 2016/17 amounted to £11k (2015/16: £16k).

During the year, £8k was used to purchase capital bonds, which are retail vouchers presented to staff in recognition of long service.  A long service award is made to any member of staff who retires with over 20 years NHS service or accrues 30 years NHS service during employment with the Trust and is still in employment.

The staff welfare and amenities grants also helped to fund staff Christmas festivities and other staff functions during the year, which help to strengthen the staff’s morale and their capacity to serve patients well.

Making contact

If you have any questions about our Charitable Funds activity, or if you would like to discuss any aspect of making a donation or raising funds, please contact a member of our Finance Department on 01228 814969. Our 'make a donation' page also contains further information which you may find useful.

Our Communications Department can help you to organise publicity for your fundraising ideas, both within the Trust and externally and can be contacted on 01228 814344.

The postal address for the Finance Department is:

North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust Charitable Fund
North Cumbria University Hospitals NHS Trust
Finance Department, Cumberland Infirmary
Carlisle, Cumbria