What we do
As the Trust’s own charity, we’re dedicated to raising money for all wards and departments across our hospitals:
The Royal Sussex County Hospital
The Royal Alex Children’s Hospital
The Sussex Eye Hospital
Princess Royal Hospital
The charity exists to enhance the Trust’s care and services, helping us to go above and beyond what we can do with core government funding. The charity beneficiaries are BSUH patients.
Our vision is to improve the experience of every patient.
We aim to do this by partnering with the BSUH Trust in delivering great outcomes and experiences for patients by fundraising and investing in equipment, training and causes that benefit patients.
Our core priority is to fundraise for the following purposes:
- Creating more patient friendly environments
- Provision of equipment for diagnosis and treatment
- Supporting staff development to provide even better care
- Research projects to advance our understanding
The BSUH Charity has existed in its current form since 1995 but charitable giving has been core to the Trust’s culture since the early days.
We still have a collection box from the early 20th century which refers to ‘the League of the Golden Penny’, suggesting a penny a week donation. Its last recorded opening on 31 March 1937 by the box holder, a Mrs Holloway, recorded a sum of 1s 3d in donations.
If you look carefully you’ll notice in our logo a number of blue circles which represent those pennies, in recognition of the early days of public kindness.
While many things have changed over the years in terms of medical and technical advancement, one thing that’s remained the same is the kind generosity of our supporters.
Whether it’s someone wanting to say thank you for the experience of themselves or a loved one; a person or group wanting to raise money for a particular cause; or someone choosing to leave a gift in their will – every penny given has a direct impact on our patients when they need it most.
Sarah Tasker, Charity Director
Sarah is the senior responsible officer for the charity and its activities. She is accountable to the Trust Board.
Jessica Burgess, Fundraising Manager
Jessica links the charity, the trust and the local community to generate high-impact fundraising activities that generate much-needed income to improve care for patients.
You can contact her on 01273 665102.