FAQs

The Trust has operated a registered charity for a number of years. We call this ‘Charitable Funds’ but it is in fact a charity in the same way that The Christie, Alder Hey and Great Ormond Street all have hospital charities.
We want to raise the profile of our own charity and raise more funds, and to do this we have created a set of fundraising materials to help our local communities to get raising money to support patient care at our 
hospitals.

The more money we raise, the more money will be available for all areas of healthcare and patient support across our Trust, as well as for staff initiatives.

Crucially, we want our charity to help drive innovation and help us to launch exciting new projects that we couldn’t otherwise afford – and we need your help in deciding where the money should be spent. The more money we raise, the more we will have to distribute. 


Here are some frequently asked questions about how you can fundraise and how you can request and secure funds for your ward or department.

I can’t wait to get involved – what can I do?

How can I make sure that the money I raise goes to my ward or department?

We’re doing brilliant fundraising on our ward – can you help us to shout it from the rooftops?

Will the charity provide me with funds to organise a fundraising activity? For example if I need to hire a venue, or print posters?

I want to fundraise.  As a Trust employee are there any rules I must adhere to?

Can I approach local businesses to support my ward? For example, can I apply for my ward to be the ‘Charity of the Year’ for a local supermarket or can I write to a local sports club to ask for a signed shirt we can raffle?

Can I fundraise for other charities on the Trust’s hospitals and sites?

How can we receive donations on wards?

What are the Whiston and St Helens Hospitals’ Charity funds spent on? Who decides?

How does this affect my ward fund?

How can I apply for funds?

Can you give me some examples of what I could apply for?

Is there a limit to the amount of money I can apply for?

My ward doesn’t attract the same level of donations as some of the other wards – will these changes help my ward?

Who do I contact for more information and for help with fundraising?

 

I can’t wait to get involved – what can I do?

Fantastic!

If you want to organise your own activity, either with colleagues or friends and family, we have produced a fundraising pack for you to use which includes sponsorship forms to collect money and Gift Aid correctly. We have also produced poster templates and certificate templates which you can use to enter the details of your activity and print as many copies as you need.  We can also provide you with t-shirts for key events, or even the loan of a charity banner stand. If you like, you can set up a Just Giving page – this is a great way to fundraise and to collect Gift Aid properly, and you can use your Facebook and Twitter to promote your page also.  Please put that you are raising money ‘in aid of Whiston and St Helens Hospitals’ Charity’.

Find out more ways to get involved here or download our fundraising materials here.

We also have a Charity Champions group made up of staff from across the Trust who will help us to fundraise and raise awareness of the charity. If you would like to be a Charity Champion please email hello@WSHospitalsCharity.org

 

How can I make sure that the money I raise goes to my ward or department?

The best thing is to advise Joanne Turner (0151 676 5870) that you are organising a fundraising activity. This way we can make sure that the income is ‘coded’ to the right area.

When we organise a Trust-wide event, such as our family walk, we will be allocating this money to our charity’s ‘General Fund’.  The reason for this is that we can use this money for really innovative and exciting projects across the whole Trust – it also means that there will be more money available for some of the wards and departments which don’t generally attract high levels of donations.  We want to increase our donations to the charity generally, and to our General Fund, so that we have more to distribute across all areas, rather than wards only being able to access the money available in their own ward fund.

 

We’re doing brilliant fundraising on our ward – can you help us to shout it from the rooftops?

Yes! Please contact hello@WSHospitalsCharity.org to let us know about your planned fundraising activity well before it happens. We want to help you to take photos and use social media to promote all of the amazing fundraising taking place across our hospitals, and across our local community. This way we will raise awareness, raise more money and be able to invest more into projects for our patients and staff teams.

 

Will the charity provide me with funds to organise a fundraising activity? For example if I need to hire a venue, or print posters?

We would not be able to provide funds for you to run a fundraising activity – this is the same for everyone who fundraises for us. However the best fundraising activities are simple and don’t need much money to set them up, for example a cake sale or fancy dress activity.  Please check with your ward or department manager if you would like to organise a fundraising event on your ward, but we will also be organising a number of Trust-wide fundraising activities that you will be able to join in with throughout the year.

 

I want to fundraise.  As a Trust employee are there any rules I must adhere to?

We have made it easy for you to fundraise, with fundraising materials and resources that contain all of the details you need to fundraise on behalf of the charity.   These materials also make it clear that you are fundraising ‘in aid of’ the charity, and that this is not an official Trust event – this is very important as it protects you as a Trust employee and it also protects the Trust. Official charity events, such as a sponsored walk for example, will require risk assessments, insurances, approval and planning meetings with the local council – these type of events will be organised centrally by the charity, and you can just enjoy the fun of taking part without any of the stress of organising!

 

Can I approach local businesses to support my ward? For example, can I apply for my ward to be the ‘Charity of the Year’ for a local supermarket or can I write to a local sports club to ask for a signed shirt we can raffle?

This is very important – if you notice an organisation advertising that they are looking for a charity to support, please email hello@WSHospitalsCharity.org or call the charity team on 0151 290 4400, and let us know. Any applications of this kind must be made on behalf of the entire charity so that all the wards and departments can benefit. If you wish to approach a local sports club, business or shopping centre for example to ask for help with your fundraising, please email us first and let us know, this is because the charity might already be in contact with the organisation you wish to approach.  We must be careful that we don’t make multiple requests to the same organisation.

 

Can I fundraise for other charities on the Trust’s hospitals and sites?

We want our charity to be a great success because we want to be able to raise as much money as possible to distribute across our wards and departments. To achieve this we are asking for your help to fundraise for our own hospital charity, especially on our hospital sites where we want to raise the profile of our own charity as much as possible. As a trust, we will of course continue to support some key national fundraising events which we know our staff teams love taking part in, and which benefit our wider communities.

 

How can we receive donations on wards?

We have issued all wards and department with donation envelopes and/or collection tins. All donated money should either be collected in a completed donation envelope, or via a collection tin. Donation envelopes should be taken directly to the general office at either Whiston or St Helens Hospital. We have launched these new donation envelopes to be able to properly collect Gift Aid, which means we can claim an additional 25p on every £1 donated from the HMRC.

People wishing to text their donation can do so by texting WSHC11 followed by £5 or £10 to 70070.

 

How can we receive donations on wards?

The charity’s funds are to further improve patient care, experience and wellbeing it can also fund new equipment, staff training and enablement.

The charity is ultimately governed by the Department of Health and the Charity Commission for England and Wales – these organisations dictate by law what we can and cannot use donations to fund. The charity is subsequently governed by the Trust Board as ‘Corporate Trustees’.

Our Trust has a Charity Committee which meets regularly to consider funding requests. The Committee would like to fund every project that meets the criteria, but we can only fund what the money in the bank allows us to, and sometimes we will have to favour projects which will bring the most benefit to patients at that time – this means that your help to fundraise is vital.

We also want to ensure that the charity is helping the Trust to drive innovation in healthcare – to support this we will be looking to improve the quality of funding applications, by looking for project proposals, for example. We will be issuing updated information over the coming months, making it quicker and easier for you to secure funds for your project.

 

What are the Whiston and St Helens Hospitals’ Charity funds spent on? Who decides?

The charity’s funds are to further improve patient care, experience and wellbeing it can also fund new equipment, staff training and enablement.

The charity is ultimately governed by the Department of Health and the Charity Commission for England and Wales – these organisations dictate by law what we can and cannot use donations to fund. The charity is subsequently governed by the Trust Board as ‘Corporate Trustees’.

Our Trust has a Charity Committee which meets regularly to consider funding requests. The Committee would like to fund every project that meets the criteria, but we can only fund what the money in the bank allows us to, and sometimes we will have to favour projects which will bring the most benefit to patients at that time – this means that your help to fundraise is vital.

We also want to ensure that the charity is helping the Trust to drive innovation in healthcare – to support this we will be looking to improve the quality of funding applications, by looking for project proposals, for example.  We will be issuing updated information over the coming months, making it quicker and easier for you to secure funds for your project.

 

How does this affect my ward fund?

The various ward funds collectively make up our charity – we are one charity across the Trust and both hospitals.

We are not currently changing the structure of the charity’s funds, but we may do so in time. This will be in order to reduce administrative expenses and to make sure that all funds are active – and that funds are spent strategically and in line with the legal responsibilities of our charity status.

One aim of the charity is to increase the amount of money we raise to our ‘General Funds’. The reason for this is that we can use this money across the Trust and it means that we can make sure the money is being used to benefit patients straight away; as a charity, we have a legal responsibility to ensure that donated funds are spent in a timely manner, as per donors wishes and within the scope of the charity’s objectives – it is important that the charity has suitable plans for how donations will be put to best use. The more money we raise to our General Fund, the more we will have to distribute across the whole Trust.

If a donor specifies that they wish their donation to be used in a specific ward or department, we will endeavour to allocate the donation accordingly. However the only money which is truly restricted, are the donations given as a legacy or grant donations.

If a ward or department raises money for their area, then Joanne Turner, Charitable Funds Officer, should be advised, so that this money can be allocated to the correct ward fund.

 

How can I apply for funds?

You can find full guidance and the application forms here.

You application will need to be supported by a fund signatory and if you are requesting expenditure of more than £2000, further approval will be required.

The Charity has a number of fund signatories, staff members who have the authority to support charity applications. To find out who the relevant signatory is for your application please contact Joanne.Turner@sthk.nhs.uk  0151 676 5870

If your application is for less than £2000 please complete the Charitable Funds Expenditure Form.

Can you give me some examples of what I could apply for?

You can apply for funding for equipment, for specific training, or if you have an idea of how we can use donations to further improve the experience for patients visiting our hospitals. We are looking to increase the number of applications which focus on innovation and excellence – through raising more funds, we hope to fund larger projects for example. Here are a few examples of some imaginative ways that the Trust has invested our donations:

St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust have bought;-

2 Leica microscopes & cameras for Cancer Services
Venue 50 ultrasound machine purchased for Rheumatology Department
Spot Vision Screener purchased for Ophthalmology Department
Folding z-beds for the Department of Medicine for Older People, to allow carers to stay overnight
A neo-natal full term training mannequin and a pre-term, 28 week, training mannequins

Holistic therapists for the Lilac Centre
iPads for the dementia volunteers to aid communication with patients
Special lighting for the maternity unit’s bereavement rooms

 

Is there a limit to the amount of money I can apply for?

There is no limit, however we can only distribute as much as we receive in donations. This means that the more you can help us to fundraise, the more money we will have available for you to access for your ward or department. Applications for all funds, regardless of the amount requested, must all follow the same procedure to ensure that money is allocated fairly.

 

My ward doesn’t attract the same level of donations as some of the other wards – will these changes help my ward?

Yes. The charity will aim to raise as much money as possible for its ‘General Fund’ and you can complete an expenditure request form to apply for funds for your ward or department from our General Fund. The more money you can help us to fundraise, the more money will be available for all wards and departments to access.

 

Who do I contact for more information and for help with fundraising?

Please visit here for more information about the charity, you can also download fundraising materials and check out our latest events. If you have further questions and you can’t find the right answer or if you would like to promote your fundraising please contact hello@WSHospitalsCharity.org or call the charity office on 0151 290 4400.

 

Thank you to everyone who has fundraised for us, and will fundraise for us in the future every penny raised really does make a difference to our patients.

 Registered charity number – 1053125