Donate Today Call Us

Latest news

Thank you for helping Southampton Hospital Charity raise over £11.5 million in six years

While originally established on 10 November 1995, Southampton Hospital Charity was re-launched on 11 March 2008 for the sole purpose of improving the health and wellbeing of NHS patients who use the hospitals or related services of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.

Since 2008, the charity has raised a staggering £11,527,000 thanks to the generous donations of our local population, our patients and relatives who have been inspired to donate the money, or take part in one of our numerous sponsored events.

Income in £000’s 2012/13 2011/12 2010/11 2009/10 2008/09 2007/08
Total 2,297 2,107 2,031 1,351 1,986 1,755
Victoria Greenshields, fundraising manager, said: “This is such an exciting time for us at the moment in the charity as we have so much going on. The charity has just gone through a major re-brand of our logo, leaflets, newsletter and website so we hope the public likes our new look.”
In April we are also re-launching the Southampton Hospital Charity lottery so the four prize winners walk away with more money every week. Each lucky lottery number costs only £1 and 50% of the lottery money goes directly to the charity, with the rest being given out as prize money. We are very excited about our new lottery as there is the chance to win up to £10,000, and full details can be found on our website or by calling 023 8120 8881.”
If you are interested in getting involved with the charity then please do get in touch. You can get involved in a number of ways by either taking part in some of our events, or by organising your own events in the community, with money then coming back to a ward or department of your choice.”
The charity is celebrating its 6th birthday by holding cake sales across the hospital throughout all of March, starting with a cake sale out the front of Southampton General Hospital from 9.30am – 3.00pm on the 11 March.
The majority of the charity’s funds are unrestricted funds that are designated by the charity to reflect the wishes or expectations of donors – currently the charity has around 300 designated funds. 

Major fundraising money spent over the last year

The top three projects have been:
Red & White Appeal = £1.76million
Neonatal parental accommodation = £180,000
Ultrasound scanner = £40,000

Red & White Appeal

The Red & White Appeal was launched in 2008 to raise a total £1.76 million for building and equipping a new Haematology Day Unit for patients with blood disorders fro Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Wiltshire, Dorset, West Sussex and the Channel Islands.
The entire project cost over £7 million, however £5 million was secured from the Department of Health. The extension to the hospital to house new rooms for haematology inpatients began in 2008 and was completed at the end of 2009. The day case unit was then constructed in 2012-13 once the appeal reached the final fundraising target – the costs of this are below. Construction of the unit was completed in August 2013 and the unit received its first patients on 2 September 2013.
The Red & White Appeal is now closed, however money can still be raised for the Red & White fund to help maintain the unit and latest equipment.

Neonatal parental accommodation

In 2010, staff at Princess Anne Hospital opened an appeal to raise money to improve the neonatal parental accommodation. These were rooms where parents could stay with their baby to prepare for discharge from the hospital. 
This project cost £180,000 which came about from £30,000 from UHS, £30,000 from existing money in the children’s special care neonatal fund, and then £120,000 from various fundraising projects. The majority of money was raised following a group of staff and ex-patients family and friends climbing Mount Kilimanjaro for the charity.
The new facility was opened on 1 March 2014 by the Mayor of Southampton.

Ultrasound scanner

An ultrasound scanner was purchased to enhance the existing provision for the diagnosis and treatment of patients with tumours of the pancreas, liver and neuroendocrine system at a cost of £40,000.


The future

We have several wards and departments that are fundraising for set purposes. Some of the main projects are detailed below with costs added where known:
Neurosciences: Our Percy's Pals charity fund are currently fundraising for the Wessex Neuro Intensive Care Unit for a portable brain scanner costing £250,000.
Maternity: The maternity unit at Princess Anne Hospital is trying to raise money for some Guardian Monitors. These monitor the foetus of high risk mothers/babies during labour and attach around the mothers stomach with a belt and measures the baby's heart rate. All monitors are remotely linked to a central screen which only needs one nurse to monitor all patients. This central system can alert the nurse of potential problems using a traffic light system. There are currently only four monitors on the wards shared between 14 labour wards - we want to purchase ten more.  Cost £60,000.
Theatres: The theatres team want to purchase a simulator to allow realistic teaching of cardiologists, anaesthetists and intensive care doctors needing to diagnose cardiac problems. The simulator can create many different realistic heart problem for doctors to diagnose. Cost £15,000. 
Cancer care: The current waiting room chairs on C3 ward are old and tired.  The ward treats cancer patients with a variety of cancers who come in for regular treatment and stay for long periods at one time. We want to improve the waiting room and make it a more comfortable environment for patients to wait before treatment. Cost £15,000.
Child health: We hope to put an interactive floor into the children's outpatient area for the children to play with. 
Child health: We are fundraising to put bedside chairs in the John Atwell children's day unit for parents to sit with their children.
Critical care: Approximately 1,500 patients a year go through the General Intensive Care Unit (GICU). Relatives use the room to wait to see loved ones or to receive bad news. There are no toilets or refreshments facilities and the furnishing are run down.  We are looking to provide a quiet room, comfortable reclining chairs, tea/coffee facilities, a water dispenser, new furniture, and a small children’s area. We hope this will provide a more relaxed and comfortable environment for relatives during a stressful and emotional time. 
Medicine and elderly care: We are looking to provide 20 new TV's on moveable stands so the patients on elderly care wards can watch television. This will provide a more 'home-from-home' experience, and some light relief from being in hospital.
Our next major appeal will be to build a state-of-the-art Children’s Hospital at Southampton General hospital, to bring all of trust’s paediatric services under one roof. The Children’s Hospital is planned as a phased development over the next eight to ten years and will require substantial charitable funds. This appeal will be launched later this year.
You can get involved by taking part in one of Southampton Hospital Charity’s events in 2014:
Cake sales all throughout March to celebrate the charity’s 6th birthday
Brighton marathon, 6 April. The Brighton marathon is a road race run over 26 miles each April in Brighton. All of our charity places have now been filled for this event.
Fashion show, 8 May. Come and see the latest fashion with your friends at the stylish Grande Cafe, Southampton from 7.30pm on Thursday 8 May. We are arranging our first fashion show event in partnership with L.K. Bennett, Winchester.  
Curry and quiz night, 15 May. Southampton Hospital Charity would like to welcome you to an evening of testing your mental capabilities while enjoying a nice curry with your friends and family. The event will take place at the De Vere Grand Harbour Hotel, Southampton between 7.00pm - 10.30pm.
Skydive, 7 June. Do you have what it takes to conquer your fears and take to the skies in this skydiving challenge? This event will be taking on 7 June with tandem skydives taking place all day for Southampton Hospital Charity, so make sure you book your timeslot early. On the day don't forget to talk to others taking part in the challenge so you can share your experiences! This is taking place at the Old Sarum airfield, Salisbury
London to Brighton bike ride, 7 September. Do you have the stamina and willpower to cycle from London to Brighton? If so then join us on 7 September for this cycling challenge and join in with this event and get friends and family to sponsor you for a good cause.
Great South Run, 26 October. Put on your running shoes and join the crowds as you take on the 25th premier 10 mile running event, the Bupa Great South Run. This year’s run is set to bigger and better than ever as people celebrate 2014!
Sahara desert trek, 1-8 November. Join Southampton Hospital Charity on a fundraising trek to the Sahara Desert. Experience the vast dry landscape as you trek over sand dunes, past small desert villages and over dried up river beds, and make a difference to a local community at a project in Marrakech. We already have 11 people signed up to the trek and they have all begun their own fundraising events.
If you would like further information about any of the events then please contact Alanna Lee on 023 8120 4713 or We can send you a fundraising pack to help you on your way to raising money for the charity.
The sole trustee of the charity is University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) which runs Southampton General Hospital and Princess Anne Hospital. UHS provides services to some 1.3 million people living in Southampton and South Hampshire plus specialist services including neurosciences, cardiac services and children’s intensive care to more than three million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands. 

We want to thank everyone for their support of the charity and hope that the next six years prove to be as successful

« View all articles