New look QE hospital charity launches!

Posted on Thu, 13/06/2013

The QE has re-launched its charity in an attempt to raise awareness of the ways in which people can help the hospital.

QE Gateshead Charitable Funds is the charity attached to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead. Last year, more than £300,000 was raised by patients and their families, staff fundraising, through donations from bereaved families and kind legacies left to the hospital.

Now the hospital has decided to invest in raising the profile of the charity in order to improve the support offered to fundraisers and help fund managers within the hospital spend their funds on making a difference to patient care.

Ian Renwick, Chief Executive of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust, which runs the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, said: “We are always extremely grateful when patients or relatives who have had a positive experience of the care we offer decide to go that extra step and donate or fundraise to help support the work of the hospital further.

“The support they give is always very gratefully received and we realised that we need to do more to make our charity more visible and accessible to people and to provide fundraisers with some extra support and assistance.

“People give money for all sorts of reasons and the amount is never an issue. There is always a story behind a donation or fundraising, which can be very humbling for us. For example, we recently had an eight year old girl who raised £12 for the breast cancer unit which was treating her grandma. We have families raise money for loved ones who have been in our special care baby unit or critical care. And then we have been fortunate to receive some very generous legacies from people who remember the QE in their will.

“We’re also very clear with our staff how the money can be spent. It must go on providing extra support for enhancing the patient experience, research or staff training.

“I hope people in Gateshead who have come into contact with the QE take the time to find out a bit more about our charity and we welcome any involvement anyone wishes to provide.”

The charity’s new website is: or telephone 0191 445 6451. The charity is also on Facebook and Twitter by searching for QE Gateshead Charitable Funds. Anyone wishing to make a donation can visit the cashiers desk opposite WH Smith at the QE or by visiting .

The Trustees of the charity are the Board members of Gateshead Health NHS Foundation Trust.

For more information, please contact:
Lucia Hiden, Charitable Funds Manager on 0191 445 6451.

Call us on 0191 482 0000

In emergencies dial 999 / Non-emergencies dial 111

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