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Every year, donations to our charitable funds make a big difference to our patients and our staff - helping us to provide vital care for the local community.

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HRCH's community nurses and respiratory physiotherapists

At HRCH, our patients are at the centre of everything we do. With your help, we can make even more of a difference to the lives of local people across Hounslow and Richmond by providing better care and support to our patients, their families and carers.

Your donations help us to deliver additional projects that fall outside of normal NHS funding - such as improving our patient facilities, buying additional equipment, or supporting innovative projects that improve the lives of patients as well as frontline NHS staff.

Your support in fundraising for our Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund (registered charity number: 1144987) can impact on the patient experience; this all helps us to deliver a service way beyond the NHS standard.

We accept donations by bank transfer or cheque

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Whether you're running a marathon or baking a cake, any fundraising you do for us makes a big difference.

Tell us what you're doing and how and we'll help you promote it. Email the details to communications@hrch.nhs.uk  

Case studies

Each donation makes a big difference in helping improve the health and well-being of patients within the communities we serve.  You can find out more about the sort of projects that we fund by viewing the case-studies listed below.

 

Sunflowers at Teddington Memorial Hospital

 An application was made to purchase a number of pieces of art for Teddington Memorial Hospital in order to enhance the environment for patients, staff and the public.

The funds were used to purchase 30 varied pieces of art, ranging from original paintings and commissioned graphic design, to historic photographs and prints of the area.

Visitors to the hospital will be able to see the artwork on display in many different areas of the hospital, including the inpatients unit, outpatients waiting area, the hospital’s day room, the upstairs rehab corridor, the pharmacy waiting area, amongst others.

A priority of the project was to display artwork within the hospital’s inpatient unit, which hosts up to 50 in patients undergoing rehabilitation - many of whom suffer from dementia - in order to improve their experience and stay at the hospital in what can often be a distressing and confusing time for our elderly patients.

Trust Chairman Stephen Swords said: “All of the items purchased for the collection were carefully selected by our patients and staff with the aim of enhancing the hospital’s environment.

“We are aware that patients often feel apprehensive when visiting hospitals so we felt it important to create a calming and attractive environment through art. The project has certainly transformed the hospital and has improved the environment and experience for our patients, staff and visitors.”

Local artist Jill Storeysaid: “Art has a profound effect on patients’ experience while - it makes hospitals less institutional for patients. Much of the artwork here is of local scenes that will be familiar to local people, so visitors can really relate to the views as they are places they will know well.”

Betsy Lewis-Holmes from The Arts Service at Orleans House Gallery said: “Clinical research published in 2004 by the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, has shown that the placement of art within healthcare environments provides a reduction of anxiety, stress and depression for patients, staff and visitors.”

Jane Dove (far left) and the team with the games

Over £800 donated to HRCH’s Charitable Fund went towards buying games and musical instruments for dementia patients at Teddington Memorial Hospital (TMH).

The money bought various musical instruments and games to provide patients at TMH’s rehab gym with physical and mental stimulation, including: 

  • a bingo machine
  • board games
  • playing cards
  • colourful bean bags
  • a basketball kit   

Playing games - such as bingo - can be highly therapeutic for people with cognitive disorders. 

Games help to stimulate memories and allows the brain to make new neurological connections - and can also prevent loneliness by allowing patients to participate in social activities. 

Jane Dove, the manager for the occupational therapists at TMH who put in the request to buy the equipment, said: “I’m so pleased that we were able to buy patients games to play with as it is very important that people with dementia remain physically and mentally active. It’s a very positive message to send out to the community.”

Whitton Corner art project

An application was made to match-fund an art project at the new Whitton Corner Health and Social Care Centre, in order to improve the patient experience for visitors and improve the working environment for staff and patients, whilst improving the aesthetics of the building and the local environment that the building serves. 

The remaining funds required for the artwork project were provided by / match-funded by the LIFT (Local Improvement Finance Trust) Programme from Community Health Partnerships (CHP) – a subsidiary of the Department of Health. 

Key aims of project:  

The key aims of the application were to: 

  • Create a focal piece of art that is visually engaging and visible for both patients, as well as those passing the building by on foot or by car.
  • Create a positive therapeutic environment for patients.
  • Enhance the identity of the building, and generate pride in those that work at or visit Whitton Corner.
  • Amplify the quality and appearance of the environment for the benefit of patients and the wider public.
  • Engage patients and local people's imaginations and draw them together in conversation. 

 

Application process and scope of project: 

Following approval of the application for funding, an art committee was formed and following a number of proposal reviews, Henna Nadeem was selected as the chosen artist. Henna Nadeem’s proposal was to create a piece of art to be applied to the large area of glazing at the corner of the building, creating artwork that would be highly visible, both for users of the building as well as anyone passing by the busy junction.   

The theme was based upon the history of the wildflowers in Crane Park – a local nature reserve situated less than half a kilometre from the Whitton Corner site – focussing on the healing properties of plants and flowers. A recent meadow planting scheme at Crane Park included wildflowers, many of which contained natural remedies and healing properties. 

The Wildflower Meadows in Crane Park is a popular feature in the park and has transformed the area for many local people - as well as enriching the park’s biodiversity. The meadows have also been the focus of much community volunteer work in maintaining the planting scheme and are also a popular site for amateur photographers, who often post their images online. 

Henna Nadeem’s artwork, mounted within the glazing of the glass wall, takes the theme of a pixelated view of the different coloured petals within the meadow.  

Project feedback and evaluation: 

The art work at Whitton Corner has been greatly appreciated by patients, staff and visitors: 

Alastair Chorlton, Whitton Corner’s Building Manager said: “The art work in Whitton Corner provides a bright and cheerful feel to the Building. It merges in well with the decorative patterns on the main windows and provides a feeling of light on the reception areas and corridors. 

“Since the installation, we have received many positive comments from both patients and visitors that the vibrant colours add light and a feeling of space within the health centre. The common theme of wildflowers and the meadow certainly brings together a harmonious, community sprit to the building.” 

Stephen Swords, Chairman of Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust said: “We are aware that patients often feel apprehensive when visiting healthcare environments, so we felt it important to try and create a calming and attractive environment at Whitton Corner, in part through the placement of art.

“The project has certainly transformed Whitton Corner and has improved the environment and experience for our patients, staff and visitors.”

The wheelchair service sleep system
 

Hounslow Wheelchair Service: Supporting patients with complex disabilities at night

Hounslow wheelchair service has used charitable funds to develop an innovative new scheme to support Hounslow patients with complex disabilities at night. 

The service initially won  £30k funding to pilot the new ‘sleep system’ scheme as part of a local Dragons’ Den-style initiative to give clinicians the chance to pitch for funding for projects to improve patient care. 

The sleep systems, which the service is now piloting in the borough of Hounslow, enables patients with complex health needs to maintain good posture while sleeping – helping to prevent deformities from occurring and improving the patient’s health and quality of life. Each sleep system is tailored to the needs of the user - creating a moulded shape around the body to support the patient in a well aligned posture. 

Sarah Brown, the trust’s wheelchair service manager explains: “The aim of this project is to help our patients be more comfortable overnight so that they and their carers can achieve a more restful night’s sleep. Maintaining a good sleep position at night impacts on patient's health and improves their posture during the day. The introduction of these new sleep systems will positively influence patients’ body posture and make a huge difference to their health and wellbeing.” 

“We are currently trialling a limited number of these sleep systems to patients with complex disabilities in the borough of Hounslow – and following this initial pilot scheme, we hope to provide evidence that will support expansion of this service to benefit the local community.” 

The team were shortlisted for a prestigious Health Service Journal (HSJ) Award for compassionate patient care, in recognition of the scheme and attended the HSJ Award national finals in October to deliver a presentation to a judging panel - made up of influential figures from the healthcare sector

Sarah adds: “As a team we are delighted to be shortlisted for the HSJ Awards and extremely proud to be given the opportunity to deliver a presentation about our innovative pilot project to the judging panel in October. We are also very much looking forwards to attending the prestigious HSJ Awards ceremony!” 

The HSJ Awards celebrate excellence, innovation and best practice within the healthcare sector and are the most renowned awards in the healthcare calendar. This year’s awards saw fierce competition with the HSJ receiving a record number of entries for each of the categories. Although the Hounslow Wheelchair Service was not announced as the overall winner at the high profile ceremony in November it was a great opportunity for the Trust to showcase the innovative services being provided by its staff.

How to donate to the trust's Charitable Fund:

By bank transfer

Hounslow and Richmond NHS CH Trust Charitable Fund
Account number: 00021434
Sort code:  40-52-40

By cheque

To make a donation to the Trust's charitable fund please send a cheque by post.

Payable to: Hounslow + Richmond CH NHST Charitable Fund

Cheques should be sent to:

Finance Director
Finance Department
Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Thames House

180 High Street
Teddington
Middlesex TW11 8HU 

 

Further information:

Registered charity number: 1144987

Registered charity name: Hounslow and Richmond Community Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund

Our charitable funds support projects that are over and above the remit of mainstream NHS funding; or projects that make improvements to the working lives of the Trust’s staff and volunteers with the end result of bringing tangible benefits to patient care. Donations to the charitable fund support the Trust to fund things that would not normally be paid for out of mainstream NHS funding.

Questions or comments:

If you have any questions, comments or would like more information about our Charitable Fund, please contact our Hina Patel, Finance department. Email: Hina.Patel@hrch.nhs.uk

Or the volunteer coordinator Louise Brem-Wilson

You may wish to donate your time rather than money. We have opportunities for volunteers to assist on a hospital ward, in 'meet and greet' and admin roles. Please visit our Volunteers page for more information.