We are always humbled by the people who choose to support our Charity. Behind every donation is a personal story – some of which make us laugh, cry or are truly inspirational – and the difference our supporters make for the patients, visitors and staff of the Trust is, to put it simply, priceless.
There are also many independent charities supporting our patients, staff and communities every day along with our volunteers who do a fantastic job whether it be helping patients and visitors with way finding or selling charity merchandise in our shop and pop up.
2020 has been a challenging year with the onset of the global Covid-19 pandemic which has impacted each and every one of us. Captain Sir Tom Moore, aged 100, proved an inspiration for many raising millions for the NHS by walking laps of his garden with his frame.
Our charity has received wonderful support from our donors and fundraisers in light of Covid-19, despite the economic challenges the community has faced. They have played a vital role in raising funds to support our staff and patients through these unprecedented times. We are incredibly grateful and in awe of the efforts from businesses and the community.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the generosity of all of our supporters who have ran, swam, baked, shaved, danced, sang, climbed, cycled and so much more to show their support for the Charity.
You are the most important part of our Charity team. Here are just a few highlights from the amazing efforts of our supporters and fundraisers.
A unique tote bag was designed by 6-year old Libby, one-year-old Aiden and Newcastle’s very own Fenwick.
The winning designs came from drawings created by children of staff from Newcastle Hospitals and took centre stage in the iconic ‘Fenwick windows’ as part of a special tribute being paid to thousands of North East hospital staff who have worked tirelessly throughout the COVID19 pandemic.
Fenwick produced the unique tote bags to mark the launch of the one off window and he limited edition tote bags have been sold in-store and online with proceeds donated to Newcastle Hospitals Charity. You can buy one now in our online shop.
The paintings and artwork were previously displayed in the corridors of the Royal Victoria Infirmary (RVI), the Freeman and the Great North Children’s Hospital.
Six year old Olly Doxford raisied money for our Charity by running 66 miles throughout June and July.
Olly sadly lost his Grandad Paul to bowel cancer on the 27 May and wanted to make sure his Grandad’s wish of raising money for Ward 36 at The Freeman Hospital came true.
Paul, who was a patient on the ward, received excellent care from the doctors and nurses and always spoke of how grateful he was. His wish was to donate money or essential equipment to the ward as a way of saying thank you for the care he received.
George Turnball, and ex-army worker from North Seaton, has shown his gratitude to the NHS by making a plaque for Newcastle upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
George made the wooden plaque to mark the significant efforts of all NHS workers in the fight against coronavirus and to show his appreciation for what the NHS has done for him and is currently doing during the pandemic.
The plaque has a thank you message engraved on them using a process known as routing. The message reads: ‘To the NHS, from cleaners to surgeons, ambulance drivers to pharmacists, porters to kitchen staff and everyone in between…thank you.’
Olly McKenna ‘Team Olly’
Olly McKenna marked the start of the year with one key ambition – to hit his dream target of raising £100,000. At age eleven, Olly was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumour. While undergoing surgery and treatment at The Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, Olly worked with hospital staff to learn how he could support the pre-teen cancer ward, and set up the ‘Team Olly’ fund to help pre-teen cancer patients. Two years on, the fund had amassed over £88,000 through a variety of fundraising events and rallying for donations.
This year the 13-year-old held a Charity ball – aptly named ‘100k and call it a day’ – to hit his target for the fund which benefits Charlie Bear for Cancer Care and the Great North Children’s Hospital, part of Newcastle Hospitals Charity. Now that Olly has achieved his amazing goal and intends to take a well-earned break after two incredible years of fundraising. Thank you Team Olly!
Support from independent charities
Our patients and colleagues are supported by many independent charities every day. Please see below for the many charities helping to make a huge difference. If you know of a charity which supports the work of Newcastle Hospitals and feel they should be recognised here, please let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
- Age UK North Tyneside Arthritis Research
- Arthritis Research UK
- Breast Cancer Now
- Bright Red
- British Heart Foundation
- British Lung Foundation – Breathe North Branch
- Butterfly Thyroid Cancer Trust
- Cancer Connections Cancer Research UK
- Children’s Cancer Fund Citizen’s Advice (Across North East and Cumbria)
- CLIC Sargent Cancer Care For Children
- Community Foundation
- Coping with Cancer
- Daft as a Brush
- Cystic Fibrosis Trust
- Disability North FACT (Facing All Cancers Together)
- Freeman Cardiac Rehabilitation Fund
- Freeman Heart and Lung Transplant Association
- FSID now called The Lullaby Trust
- Great North Air Ambulance Service
- Independent Advocacy North East
- Kidney Patients Holiday Fund
- Liver North Look Good Feel better (delivered from Maggies)
- Macmillan Cancer Support
- Marie Curie Cancer Care
- Muscular Dystrophy group of GB and NI
- National Osteoporosis Society
- North of England Children’s Cancer Research Fund
- Northern Brainwave Appeal
- Northern Counties Kidney Research Fund
- Northern Head & Neck Cancer Charity
- Pancreas North
- Pituitary Foundation
- Pulmonary Hypertension Association
- Radio Lollipop
- Radio Tyneside
- Rainbow Trust Children’s Charity
- Stillbirth and Neonatal Death Society
- Susan Channon Breast Cancer Trust
- Teenage Cancer Trust
- The Brainwave Centre Limited
- The British Diabetic Association
- The British Kidney Patient Association
- The Bubble Foundation
- The Children’s Foundation Limited
- The Children’s Heart Unit Fund The Future Fund
- The Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
- The Sick Children’s Trust The Teapot Trust
- Tiny Lives Trust
- Tyneside Kidney Patients Association