The Trust provides a wide range of services to the local community. These services are provided freely. Even so, many people like to express their gratitude by making a donation to the Trust.
When a donation is made, that money is held outside of the main NHS funding stream, and in common with the vast majority of other NHS providers this money is held as a charitable donation. The Trust has a registered charity in existence which accounts for all donations and related expenditure. This charity is registered with the Charity Commissioners for England and Wales Registration No 1051606. The Charity Commissioners regulate how charitable monies are accounted for and managed for public benefit.
About Charitable Funds
The Trust has a main registered charity, but within this charity a number of small funds exist to provide for those donations which the donor requires to be spent on a particular use or department. These monies are accepted on the basis that the donor expresses a wish that the money be used for a particular purpose. It does not place the charitable trustees under any duty to spend such monies for that purpose but does provide trustees with a steer as to how monies could be spent.
Typically, grateful patients, relatives or friends make a donation, but leaving money in a will is also another popular way of donating.
In making a personal donation the use of gift aid is a tax efficient way of enhancing the value of the donation, e.g. if you are a tax payer within the UK then for every £1 donated the charity can claim back 25p from Her Majesty’s Revenue & Customs (HMRC) hence the value to the Charity is £1.25.
What happens to donations?
Charitable donations are generally used to enhance the facilities and services to patients and staff and not used to supplement mainstream NHS expenditure, e.g. upgrading toilet and bathroom facilities, upgrading and enhancing medical equipment, provision of medical equipment ahead of such a time the NHS could finance it itself.
The Charity does not perform any fundraising events in its own right and does not therefore acknowledge or actively sanction fundraising events initiated by individuals. Clearly the Trust gratefully accepts the proceeds of these various initiatives but will not be directly involved in such events.
The Trust is grateful to donors for their support which can make a real difference to our ability in enhancing the patient experience for all. The Trust is also grateful to a number of external registered charities who via their own work provide funding to the Trust’s Charity.
League of Friends
The two hospital Leagues of Friends can be accessed by using the online search facility on the Charity Commission website.
The Friends of Gloucestershire Royal Hosptial also have their own website.
Friends of the Gloucestershire Royal Registered Charity No 215841 and the League of Friends of Cheltenham General Hospital Registered Charity No 1014431.
The Kambia Appeal
Since 2009 the Trust has had a formal link with the Kambia Appeal, a UK-registered charity based in Cheltenham, that supports the medical district of Kambia in Sierra Leone. The charity provides medicines, equipment and training for medical professionals. The Trust sends staff as volunteers to deliver training and practice development for local staff to help improve standards of care.
Find out more about the Kambia Appeal or visit our Corporate Social Responsibility pages for more information.
E mail Senior Assistant Director of Finance, Robert Broad