2020 | NHS Charities Together

2020 | NHS Charities Together

FROM THE WEBSITE: NHS Charities Together is a collective experience representing, supporting and championing the work of the NHS’ official charities. NHS Charities give £1 million a day to the NHS, providing vital funds to help the NHS do more. Through NHS Charities Together member charities collaborate on nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, such as celebrating the NHS Birthday every year on 5th July with the NHS Big Tea.

NHS Charities Together also provides specialist advice and guidance to our members through visits, and one to one support via email and phone calls. Our bespoke conferences and training days cover the most relevant issues and development needs for NHS Charities, as well as providing ample opportunities for networking and mutual support. Members also have access to online resources and support through the exclusive members area on our website.

NHS Charities Together also provide the National voice for NHS Charities, champion key projects and themes that best enhance patient care and experience, and the impact NHS Charity funds make.


– The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge became Patrons on December 07,2020.
– This is the Duke and Duchess’s first joint patronage since The Royal Foundation.


“The involvement of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will inspire the public even more to support the amazing NHS staff and volunteers who have done so much to keep us safe and well this year. We can’t wait to start working with the Duke and Duchess, the potential is so exciting.” – Chair of NHS Charities Together Ian Lush

“It means so much to NHS staff that the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge could visit the team in East Lancashire today (January 20, 2022) to hear their experiences and see first-hand how support from the public through NHS charities makes such a difference. Sadly the pressures facing the NHS aren’t going away any time soon, so it’s vital that we continue to be there to support the mental health and wellbeing of NHS, so they are able to face whatever challenges are ahead. We are so grateful to our Royal Patrons for helping to shine a light on this issue and supporting the incredible NHS workforce.” – Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive for NHS Charities Together

“I am delighted to welcome the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to Clitheroe Community Hospital. The visit will provide a huge boost to the entire team at a time when colleagues are feeling exhausted from our ongoing and relentless response to Covid and indeed the very difficult challenges linked to the Omicron variant…” – Professor Eileen Fairhurst, Chairman of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, January 20, 2022


December 07, 2020 – Royal Train Tour – England – Scotland – Set 1 – Day 2 – On the day it was announced that The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge would become joint patrons of the organization the couple visited The Scottish Ambulance Service who had received some funding during the COVID pandemic. The visit came during the couple’s Royal Train Tour which aimed to “celebrate community spirit and demonstrate the impact of the public’s generosity this year by showcasing organisations and initiatives that have been supported by community relief funds” During the visit William and Catherine spoke to paramedics and learned that the Scottish Ambulance Service spent their funds on indoor and outdoor wellbeing spaces for staff and wellbeing packs with information booklets and reusable water bottles.

January 20, 2022 – The Cambridges Visit Clitheroe Community Hospital – In their role as Joint Patrons for NHS Charities Together, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge heard how a grant from NHS Charities Together supported the hospital. Their Royal Highnesses spoke to general practitioners, nurses, and other healthcare professionals who work across the community. The couple also spoke with patients soon to be discharged. The visit from the Duke and Duchess offered a morale boost as East Lancashire has been one of the areas worst affected by Covid-19. Two-thirds of the staff say the pandemic has harmed their mental health – and many report depression, anxiety, and even post-traumatic stress. With the Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, NHS Charities Together was able to allocate over £300,000 to the Trust’s charity, EHLT&Me, to fund a range of staff wellbeing projects. Including a new therapy dog, Alfie, staff wellbeing rooms, and equipment and infrastructure for the Trust’s staff wellbeing team.