There are 240 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.
They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.
These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable.
NHS Charities Together
Founded in 2000, the Association of NHS Charities started as an informal group of the largest NHS Charities which came together to provide mutual support and a forum for discussion. Since then the Association has grown steadily, welcoming charities both large and small from across England and Wales, as well Scotland and today the Association (now known as NHS Charities Together) represents over 240 charities. NHS Charities Together (NHS CT) was formally constituted in 2008 and successfully applied to the Charity Commission to become a registered charity. In 2019 NHS CT incorporated to be a charitable company.
NHS CT leads nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, provides advice and guidance to its members, bespoke conferences and training days covering issues and development opportunities for NHS Charities, as well as access to on line resources and support through exclusive member pages on the website. In 2018, the 70th year of the NHS, NHS CT launched its brand new vision and strategy for the next 5 years, outlining the next exciting phase for NHS Charities.