NHS & COMMUNITY INFORMATION
Four hospital charities working together to provide ‘over and above’ for patients in the West Midlands!
Birmingham Hospital Charity Fundraising Events:
(Queen Elizabeth, Solihull. Good Hope, Heartlands).
Did you know that Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, Heartlands Hospital, Good Hope Hospital and Solihull Hospital are part of a group of four hospital charities which supports patients, families and staff by providing those added extras which cannot be provided by the NHS?
Many charity events are to take place working across the four hospitals in the upcoming months which is welcoming for all to take part.
September Snowdon Challenge – 16/17 July 2022
Join University Hospitals Birmingham Charity for our popular Snowdon Challenge in July 2022! Take on Mount Snowdon, and raise money for a ward or department of your choice at your local hospital.
Places for these challenges cost £50 and there is a minimum sponsorship requirement of £200.
For full details go to https://www.hospitalcharity.org/shop/product/sunrise-snowdon-challenge.
Bottle Cottages Home- From-Home Appeal – Continues
This week UHB Charity will be dedicating a whole week to our Homes from Home campaign. Across our social media platforms, we will be sharing exclusive content celebrating our Homes from Home and bringing to life the stories of the residents who have benefitted from staying in these. To check out any of our pages please search UHB charity. https://www.hospitalcharity.org/homefromhome
UHB Charity’s’ Home away from Home appeal helps to provide patients and families with free accommodation near to our hospitals. This helps to keep families together during really difficult times in their lives. This in particular we will be focusing on our bottle cottages accommodation.
For patients and their families, visiting the hospitals can be a stressful experience without the added pressure of trying to find somewhere to stay to be near a loved one. We provide these Homes away from Homes to alleviate that stress, and make visiting the hospital, under what can be very difficult circumstances,
You will see various stories being told from those who have stayed at the Charity’s Homes from Home. You will hear first hand from mothers of patients being treated at the Young Person’s Unit and witness the difference this accommodation has made to them.
You will hear from John and Pamela, a very special couple, who stayed in our Homes from Home in the lead up to John going into hospital for vital treatment – it ensured they could spend every moment together before he was admitted.
This campaign hopes to raise awareness of the great benefit this accommodation has to patients and their families, all whilst encouraging people to support our Homes from Home appeal. To see the difference this accommodation makes and to find out how you can support, be sure to stay tuned into our socials all this week.
Here at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity we strive to go over and above for patients. To donate to this appeal please go to https://www.hospitalcharity.org/homefromhome and help us make that vital difference.
OTHER FUNDRAISING EVENTS
Healthwatch Birmingham is an independent watchdog for NHS health and social care in Birmingham. They are here to listen to patients and the public, gathering your experiences of local health and social care services. You can share your good, or not so good, experiences of your local doctors, hospital, dentist, optician, pharmacy, care, nursing or residential home or care you receive in the community.
By telling us your story we can work together with health and social care services to make improvements for patients across Birmingham. We are independent of the NHS but can hold them to account for their actions to make services better. You can tell us about waiting times, staff, appointments, access to services, transport, medication management, whether your treatment was explained to you or whether you felt involved in your care.
Healthwatch Birmingham exists to ensure your views are known by those who deliver, regulate or purchase NHS health or social care services. We use your feedback to shape our actions and investigations and help us understand the quality of care you receive.
A quote from Patient/Service User
I shared feedback about the care I received at my local hospital. I felt comfortable reviewing the service through Healthwatch Birmingham as they are independent and I know my experiences are being used to drive improvements for me, and other patients, using services across the city. I think it’s important people do feedback to Healthwatch Birmingham – I feel represented and that my experiences matter.
Sharing your experiences is quick and easy – we provide simple feedback options so you can have a stronger say about the health and social care services you use.
Please visit our website www.healthwatchbirmingham.co.uk to rate and review specific services for free. You can even see what other people are saying about services. You can also email us at email@example.com to provide feedback or call us confidentially on
0800 652 5278. Feedback can be given anonymously if you prefer.
Auriga Services is an independent charity that administers The Severn Trent Trust Fund
…that provides help to customers of Severn Trent Water – thanks to generous donations from Severn Trent Water. Since 1997, The Trust Fund have helped over 300,000 people and want customers of Severn Trent Water to know there is help available.
The Trust Fund offers a wide range of options to support people when they need it most. This could include grants to help clear water debt, help with other type of debts, help with white goods (in exceptional circumstances) as well as welfare advice. Assessors look at all applications on a case-by-case basis, so it is important that all information is included when applying.
Any customer of Severn Trent Water can apply to the Trust Fund for help, it does not matter what your employment status is. You could be faced with a sudden change in circumstances due to a number of reasons – talk to them. The Severn Trent Trust Fund are there to help.
If you would like to find out more about getting help through the Severn Trent Trust Fund, visit the website www.sttf.org.uk where you can complete an online application form or call 0121 355 7766.