Plymouth Hospitals Charity

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Plymouth Hospitals Charity raises money for every ward and department in Derriford Hospital, for the Child Development Centre and Plymouth Dialysis Unit. They aim to support the work of staff and raise standards above the level that NHS funding alone allows.

Funds are used to:

•Improve the experience of patients and families during their visits to hospital
•Purchase additional equipment to aid in the treatment and care of patients
•Fund vital research
•Hold learning and recognition events for staff

Donations can be made to a huge variety of different charitable funds held by wards and departments within Derriford Hospital and other sites, depending on causes patients, families and the public wish to support.

In addition, Plymouth Hospitals Charity supports appeals and campaigns within the Hospital. At present, the charity is running the Gold Dust Appeal on behalf of the Children and Young People's wards. The Appeal is raising money to create a bright and welcoming environment for our patients, with friendly and inviting spaces within the children’s wards and corridors where children can play and explore. The introduction of tactile trails, attractive play spaces with exciting, colourful displays will encourage children to reach goals in their stages of recovery. In addition, displays will enable patients and their families to find their way through the departments in an interactive way. The Gold Dust Appeal has been launched to raise £100,000 for this purpose.

Plymouth Hospitals Charity in the News

Hospital charity targets £75k for children's wards

A NEW charity has launched a campaign to raise £75,000 in less than a year to transform the children's level at Derriford Hospital.

Plymouth Hospitals Charity is launching the 'Gold Dust Appeal' to raise the money by October next year, so staff can create a bright and welcoming environment for children being treated at the hospital.

Jenny Aspland, fundraising manager for the new charity, said: "We aim to raise £75,000 by October 2015 for the Gold Dust Appeal, and at least £25,000 for other charitable fund 'pots' throughout the hospital.

"This will happen through raising awareness, and local fundraising with community groups, businesses, schools and colleges.

"We want to create a friendly and inviting space within the children's wards, which is key to providing a welcoming environment where children can play and explore, making hospital more fun and less formidable.

"The project initiative has been influenced by comments received from children and young people, and their ideas will shape the changes we hope to implement."

The charity has already raised more than £450 through its Walk for Wards event, which saw families tackle a two-mile sponsored walk at Saltram Park. More than 50 people did the walk and Plymouth Hospitals Charity is planning a bigger and better event next year.

The cash will go in the general fundraising pot for wards across the hospital, to help buy equipment and make patients' stays more comfortable.

Jenny added: "We're a brand new charity – Plymouth Hospitals Charity is an umbrella for lots of different funds.

"Previously we have had around 200 little pots of money all around the hospital and all of this charity money needed to be kept according to charity legislation.

"Now Plymouth Hospitals Charity is a registered charity that can go out and actively fundraise, so we're really pushing the Gold Dust Appeal.

"We did a lot of work with patients and the public to see what they wanted the charity to look like. Now we're ready to go out into the community and raise awareness and funds.

"The charity is for everyone who uses the hospital so it's important they have the chance to support the causes that are closest to them – fundraisers can choose where their money goes."