Hospital staff in East Yorkshire have chosen their new corporate charity, having raised more than £13,000 in the last 18 months for their previous good cause, Emmaus Hull.
Employees of Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust donated their time, money and energies to raise funds for the charity which supports homeless people in and around the city. On top of this, nurses, doctors, directors and even security guards worked with the charity to operate a homeless shelter over the winter of 2012/13, giving many hours of their time and expertise for free to support others less fortunate.
Now the baton is being passed on, as staff from across the Trust’s two hospital sites; Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham; have voted for the organisation’s next corporate charity which is today announced as Dove House Hospice.
Steve Roberts, Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust’s lead for Corporate Social Responsibility says:
“We are incredibly proud of how hard our staff have worked to support Emmaus Hull over the last year and a half, and we’re also excited to be supporting another prominent local charity, Dove House Hospice, over the coming months.
“We asked our staff to vote for the Trust’s next corporate charity during September, and we always try to shortlist charities which are in some way associated with healthcare in order that we may give more than just money, we can give our time and expertise as well.
“As one of the region’s biggest employers and with the wide mix of staff groups we have here, there’s a lot Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust can offer Dove House in the months ahead.
“We employ around 8,000 staff so our combined fundraising potential is huge, but as a healthcare provider there are plenty of other things our employees can offer to support both the charity and the people it helps, such as time and knowledge, which are more difficult to quantify but arguably just as valuable.
“Dove House came out of our vote a worthy winner, and we’re looking forward to starting work with the charity in the near future.”
Dove House Hospice provides specialist palliative care to adults with life-limiting illnesses. It costs £6.1 million to run the hospice each year and the charity only receives funding for 45 days per year.
Anna Wolkowski, Director of Clinical Services at Dove House Hospice says:
“We are absolutely delighted Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust has chosen Dove House Hospice as its Charity of the Year.
“As a local charity, Dove House Hospice relies heavily on its own fundraising in order to provide specialist help, comfort and care for people with life-limiting illnesses of any kind and their families.
“Knowing we have this commitment from the hospital trust to support us in our efforts and raise much needed funds for us in our work is just fantastic.
“But this news is also welcome because it reinforces the excellent partnership working which goes on between our two organisations.
“We know patients with palliative and end of life care needs benefit tremendously from us working together. Through choosing us as their charity of the year, the wonderful hospital staff have shown they support the work of the hospice and they support us working together to make things better for our patients and their families.”
Summarising the past 18 months’ work with Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, Helen McGill, job title for Emmaus Hull says:
Helen McGill, Project Director at Emmaus Hull says:
“I would like to thank all the staff at Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust for their amazing contribution to Emmaus Hull this year.
“Their considerable efforts have taken us closer to building our much needed accommodation and social enterprise centre for people who are homeless. Coupled with the relationships that have been developed, this joint work will bring lasting benefits to those who are most in need.”