Support from volunteers is invaluable to us as a charity and ensures that we can continue to fundraise successfully for our existing appeals. As well as working with our clinical colleagues to create new projects, like Safe Space, which will provide a designated, non-clinical area for children in mental health crisis to await specialist intervention in the Children’s Emergency Department. Its projects like this that provide that special extra for patients to enhance the care they receive within our hospitals.
An important example are days like the Warrior Adrenaline Race in September, where 27 brave runners took on a 5k muddy obstacle course in support of the Hospitals’ Charity, from NHS staff, to local corporate supporters and their families. The runners tackled zip wires and waded through rivers to raise vital funds.
The Community Fundraising team organised our own NHS Wave so everyone could run together. With teams from Children’s ED, the Butterfly Volunteer Service and Dementia support, this was a great team building exercise away from the stressful clinical environment for our hard working NHS staff.
The Hospitals’ Charity volunteers were essential in enabling the fundraising team to put on this event. Our dedicated administration volunteers helped to advertise and promote the race, sending letters and posters to local sports groups and businesses that might like to get involved.
On the day, we had a charity stand and were donated an inflatable obstacle course by the Warrior Adrenaline Race team. Our event volunteers provided invaluable support to our community fundraisers by ensuring the obstacle course was safe, allowing the fundraisers to be more mobile and provide on the day race support for our runners. Collections on the day raised over £150 towards the Neonatal Big Build appeal to provide a home from home families’ room for parents with poorly babies in Lister’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
Once all of the sponsorships are received, the event will have raised over £1500 for the Hospitals’ Charity, which would not have been possible without volunteer help from beginning to end!
General Volunteer/ Front desk receptionist:
This role will occasionally involve manning our front desk outside the charity hub, providing a positive first point of contact with potential donors and our charity! We will need your help with answering basic enquiries or sign posting the donor or fundraiser to a member of the team. This position also involves helping with the general day-to-day needs of the fundraising team, which can vary from getting letters ready for a mailing to potential supporters, to prepping materials and things needed for events, such as posters, and smaller admin or research tasks. This position is always varied but essential in helping us run our front of house space on a day to basis.
As an NHS Charity, especially since GDPR, we produce plenty of paperwork, which needs processing and adding to our database system! We also receive donations from a variety of other sources, such as our website, Just giving and direct to our bank, all of which must be carefully logged and processed to ensure our donors are thanked as soon as possible and given the best experience when they donate or fundraise for us!
This is an adhoc role, meaning we will get in touch as and when we have events or fundraising activities we need assistance with. These may be on weekdays or weekends and range from the days like the Warrior Adrenaline race to collection days out in the community or on the hospital site. This would suit outgoing people, who would enjoy talking to the public about the charity, or helping to manage a stall.
Groups and Schools
We are delighted to work with community groups and schools to promote the work of the Charity in the local area. If you are interested in holding a volunteering day or an event for the Hospitals’ Charity please get in touch.
If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Claire on [email protected] or call 01438 285182.