How you can help
We rely on the generosity and passion of you, our supporters, to enable the charity to improve the care and experience of people who use UHNM services.
The money you donate makes a difference to the lives of local people every day – you are amazing!
Without you we couldn’t continue to improve the quality of care, comfort and experience of the people who use UHNM services every day of the year.
You can help us by making a donation, by becoming a regular donor, by fundraising or by leaving a gift for the charity in your Will. In this section you’ll find all the information you need to make a difference today and into the future.
No matter how large or small, every gift will help make a difference to patients and staff at the University Hospitals of North Midlands.
There are many ways in which you can donate:
You can make a donation securely online using Paypal or Virgin Money Giving - click on one of the links below to make your donation:
Send a cheque or CAF Voucher to us by post. Cheques need to be made payable to 'UHNM Charity'. Please enclose a covering letter telling us if there is a particular area of the hospital you’d like to support.
Do you want to Gift Aid your donation? Click here for a form and explanatory notes.
Call us on (01782) 676444 don’t forget to have your credit/debit card ready!
Royal Stoke University Hospital
Stoke on Trent
Whatever you love doing, doing it for the UHNM Charity will help us provide the best care for patients.
There are endless ways in which you can fundraise so whether you love baking cakes, are daring enough to shave all your hair off or are setting off on a bike ride or about to run a marathon, you can be certain that doing it for us will make a real difference to our patients. If you prefer to see the events we organise that you can sign up to go to the event section of our website.
Let us know about your fundraising so we can lend a hand
Tell us online or telephone us 01782 676444 what you have planned. We will then send you a registration form to complete so we have all the information we need to authorise your fundraising, you can also use it to order some fundraising resources to help you raise money.
Get your fundraising pack
Once you have sent this registration form back to us, we can authorise your fundraising. We then provide you with an authority letter, fundraising tips and the resources that you ordered (t-shirts, sponsor forms and collection cans etc).
1) Start to shout about your fundraising with you
2) Tell you how to boost the money you raise
3) Give you guidance to help your fundraising stay safe and legal
Fundraising online is a safe, quick and easy way to collect your sponsorship money from friends and family. It enables you to tell your story through words and photographs, updating it through out your fundraising journey. We ask fundraisers to use Virgin Money Giving as other sites have higher costs, that are taken from the money you raise. Please wait to receive your fundraising pack and authority letter before setting up an online fundraising page (this should not be a crowd fundraising page).
Thank you for thinking about leaving a gift to UHNM Charity in your Will. By including UHNM Charity in your Will you are ensuring that patients using the services at the hospitals have the very best care and experience possible.
You can choose which area you want your gift to go but if you’re undecided please call the charity manager to discuss your plans on 01782 676444.
What are the benefits?
Legacies are not only an important source of income for us but are also a tax-efficient way of giving. Inheritance Tax is not paid on gifts of money or property left to a registered charity. Any Inheritance Tax which is payable on the remainder of your estate is calculated after the value of the gift has been deducted.
Basic steps to making a Will
- At the time of your death the total value of your money, property and possessions is called your estate. It is best to write a list of all your assets to estimate the value of your estate before you visit a solicitor. An approximate value is sufficient.
- People who will benefit from your Will are called beneficiaries. Write a list of all the people (giving full names and addresses) who you would like to benefit in some way from your Will.
- It is extremely important to have your Will made properly and for that reason we would strongly advise you to use a solicitor or bank to draw up your Will. You can then be sure that everything is carried out exactly how you would want it, using the proper legal language and leaving no room for doubt as to your exact wishes.
- The executors to your Will are responsible for making sure that your wishes are respected. You will need at least one person, and up to a maximum of four, to act as executor(s). Anyone can act in this capacity, whether they are named as a beneficiary in the Will or not. Check that the people you choose are willing to act as executors before you appoint them. If you choose a solicitor or bank manager to act in this capacity do remember that they may charge you a fee.
- If your Will is to be legally binding it must be signed in the presence of two witnesses and they must, in turn, sign the Will themselves. Neither they nor their spouses can be beneficiaries.
- It is important that you keep your Will safe. You can do this by entrusting the Will to your solicitor or bank manager. Keep a copy of your Will so that you can refer to it and make sure it is up to date. It is also a good idea to make sure your executors know where your Will is stored.
Types of legacy
A legacy is simply a gift made through a Will. The Will can be worded to suit your wishes and there are different ways of giving:
- The residue - when you have provided for your family and friends you may wish to leave what is left, which is called the residue, to the University Hospitals of North Midlands.
- A percentage - many choose to share their estate between a number of people and organisations. Stating a fraction or percentage for each one will allow for inflation or any changes in your estate
- A specific sum - you may wish to consider stating a specific sum of money. Inflation can, of course, reduce the real value of this type of gift so it is worthwhile reviewing it from time to time.
Making a legacy
While it is possible to draft a Will yourself it is recommended that you seek the help and advice of your solicitor.
The following clauses may be helpful when making a legacy to the University Hospitals of North Midlands:
- For a residuary bequest (or percentage) - "I give (%) of the residue of my estate to the University Hospitals of North Midlands Charity (registered charity number 1054889) for its charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Director of Finance or other authorised officer will be sufficient discharge to my executor(s)."
- For a specific amount -"I give (state amount) to the University Hospitals of North Midlands Charity (registered charity number 1054889) for its charitable purposes and I declare that the receipt of the Director of Finance or other authorised officer will be sufficient discharge to my executor(s)."
Should you wish to include a specific ward or department or type of research please advise your solicitor.
Whether you’re a sole trader or a multi-national business we can support you and your staff to raise funds for UHNM Charity. Because we’re such a large hospital trust and cover such a wide range of health specialities you are sure to find an area to fundraise for which your employees hold close to their heart. And what better way to demonstrate your corporate social responsibility than by choosing to support the hospitals which care for your staff and their families throughout their lives.
Many businesses choose to raise funds for large groups of patients such as children, neonatal babies or people suffering from cancer. Or you could raise funds for a specific piece of equipment, help us to develop our arts programme, or fund a research project. If you’re not sure we can tell you about our current appeals so that you can involve your staff by getting them to vote on which appeal they want to choose.
If you’re planning on holding a public fundraising event we can promote it to the 10,000 people who work across the Trust through our intranet and we often use Facebook and Twitter to tell our supporters what’s on.
We are happy for you to do a one off fundraising event but we are also keen to work with businesses which are looking to choose a ‘charity of the year’ and to develop more long term partnerships. If you would like to discuss this in more detail please contact the charity office on 01782 676444.
We know that many people like to purchase items themselves and donate them directly to the ward or department of their choice. Unfortunately the hospitals do have some rules which we have to follow with regards to this.
We are unable to accept any medical equipment even if it’s new. The Trust only uses equipment that has been ordered through the NHS supplies chain.
Electrical Equipment e.g. Televisions, fans, radios etc.
We would prefer that you donate the money and specify that you wish it to be spent on items such as these. But if you have already purchased a gift of this kind please contact the charity office to discuss bringing it in. We will check that it can be used by the area you’d like it to go to and we will ensure that you receive a letter of thanks for your donation.
Toys and Games
We are very lucky to be so well supported by many people who choose to donate toys and games to the hospital throughout the year and especially at Christmas. But please note we are only able to accept new, boxed toys and games (other than DVD’s and Xbox, PlayStation etc. games). Please contact the charity office to let us know when you’re planning on bringing the toys in (or need them collecting). We can liaise with the wards to arrange a presentation if this is something you would like.