Staff at Nottingham’s hospitals raised a gigantic £80,000 for Nottingham Hospitals Charity last year, substantially exceeding their original challenge to raise £500 per ward.
Staff across 80 wards and 20 administrative areas were set the target of raising £500 per ward or administrative area in the hospitals’ ‘Challenge 500’ scheme. Their fundraising efforts have exceeded goals to such an extent that the target for 2016/17 has been upped to £1,000 and the scheme renamed Challenge 1000.
Funds raised last year helped fund projects including:
• Art activities and alternative therapies to engage, stimulate, involve and entertain palliative patients at the Hayward House Palliative Care Centre – ranging from oil painting and freestyle drawing to jewellery making
• Music therapy and activity boxes for dementia patients
• A development programme for nursing and midwifery staff, enabling them to get the specialist support and development they need to develop their wards and approaches to care for patients
• The hospitals’ Just Do It award scheme which gives frontline staff the opportunity to try out ideas which they believe will enhance patient care
• Innovative research projects such as dementia and breast cancer research, and seed funding for smaller research schemes which have the potential to attract funding from elsewhere
Money raised through Challenge 1000 will further benefit patients by funding specialist medical equipment, staff development, ground- breaking medical research and improved spaces for patients.
The scheme will also be used to help the hospitals achieve the prestigious Magnet accreditation – an award given to hospitals in recognition of excellence in nursing care. Nottingham University Hospital is set to be the first Magnet-accredited hospital in the UK.
Since the challenge started six years ago amounts raised have gone up year on year. In 2014/15 staff raised £65,000 which was also a huge increase on the previous year’s challenge which raised £46,000.
Senior Community Fundraiser Naomi Walters says: “NUH staff have raised an incredible amount for Challenge 500 2015/16, exceeding their collective goal by a mile! Staff have done so well that this year we are challenging Team NUH to raise £100,000 as part of our bigger and better Challenge 1000.
“Challenge 1,000 gives staff a chance to fund-raise to help patients in their areas, and to be part of something special. We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who has contributed to the huge sum raised for patients last year. We can’t wait to work with you again this year!”
Fundraising events last year included a 90 foot abseil down Lincoln Cathedral, a spooky sleepover at Nottingham’s Salutation Inn and the Charity’s showpiece dragon boat race.
Events planned for this year include a charity skydive with Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) Chief Executive Peter Homa and Chief Nurse Mandie Sunderland joining colleagues taking part.
Nottingham Hospitals Charity awards prizes for the highest fundraisers. Last year’s winners were Hayward House who raised more than £8.5K. Prizes this year have been generously donated by Nottingham’ s Revolución de Cuba bar, OAKS Restaurant and Clumber Park’s newest summer family event, the Gloworm Festival.