£6.5m funding boost to help our hospitals, thanks to your support

26 November 2021

£6.5m funding boost to help our hospitals, thanks to your support
Imperial Health Charity awarded more than £6.5 million to help our hospitals last year.

Generous donations enabled us to support patients and NHS staff throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, while funding a wide range of research projects, cutting-edge medical equipment and healthcare innovations.

Alongside our grants programme, we also helped our hospitals do more through our arts and volunteering activities during the year.

We've shared lots more information about the difference we make for patients and staff in our latest Impact Report, which you can read here.

It shows that during the toughest period the NHS has ever faced, we stood side by side with our hospitals to provide vital support when it was needed most.

In total we awarded £6.59m to support patients and staff at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, including:

·        £3.1m to help the Trust respond to the Covid-19 pandemic

·        £1.3m to fund innovative healthcare projects

·        £590,000 to support staff in developing pioneering research

·        £396,000 to help community organisations tackle health inequalities.

On top of this, we acquired 245 artworks for our museum-accredited hospital art collection and provided virtual art workshops for almost 600 patients and NHS staff during the lockdown.

More than 580 Crisis Response Volunteers stepped forward to donate their time throughout the year, contributing over 17,000 hours to help our hospitals.

All of this incredible work would not have been possible without the generous support of our many donors, fundraisers and volunteers, whose contributions helped us raise £5.61m.

"This report highlights the enormous impact that our work has had over the last year"

Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity

Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity, said: “This report highlights the enormous impact that our work has had over the last year, shining a spotlight on the critical role that charities play in supporting the NHS.

“We are indebted to the thousands of generous donors, fundraisers and volunteers who put others before themselves at a time of great uncertainty to support this vital work.”

Improving patient care and experience

We believe every patient deserves the best possible hospital experience. That’s why, across all areas of our work, we put patients at the heart of everything we do.

At a time when many patients have been experiencing heightened stress and anxiety about their hospital visit, our Meet and Greet Volunteers have continued to play an important role as the friendly face at the front door.

As well as providing guidance and directions at entrance areas, our volunteers offer important advice regarding hand hygiene and mask-wearing for thousands of visitors arriving at hospital for the first time.

Understandably, some people are less comfortable visiting a hospital at the moment, so a friendly face to greet them is often welcome. Even with a mask on you can still detect a smile!.png

Enhancing staff wellbeing

On the front line of our hospitals are the extraordinary staff who provide outstanding care to patients and their families morning, noon and night. We believe that by supporting the wellbeing of our NHS colleagues, we can help our hospitals provide the best possible care.

We worked with Turner Prize-nominated artist Mark Titchner to decorate the walls of the A&E department at Charing Cross Hospital with colourful art. Entitled We Work Together, the eye-catching displays were inspired by Titchner’s conversations with NHS staff, who expressed their thoughts and feelings about working in a hospital and what it means to be part of a wider community.

Understandably, some people are less comfortable visiting a hospital at the moment, so a friendly face to greet them is often welcome. Even with a mask on you can still detect a smile! (2).png

Enabling innovation in healthcare

Working in partnership with our NHS colleagues, we’re committed to driving forward new and innovative ideas that transform the experience of care for patients at the Trust’s hospitals.

During the year we contributed £1m to support the development of a state-of-the-art ‘hybrid’ operating theatre at St Mary’s Hospital. The new theatre allows for complex surgery and high-quality imaging to take place in a single operating facility, minimising the risk of complications occurring during complex operations.

Understandably, some people are less comfortable visiting a hospital at the moment, so a friendly face to greet them is often welcome. Even with a mask on you can still detect a smile! (3).png

You can read more about the difference we made to help our hospitals in our Impact Report 2020/21.