“On behalf of all our patients, their families and our staff, we would like to thank everyone who has supported and contributed to our charity”.
Our Berkshire Healthcare Charitable Fund is important for the wellbeing of our patients and the care we provide and allows us to improve our services in ways that aren’t normally covered by NHS funding. This can include:
- Enhancing the comfort of patients when they are receiving our services, for example in our hospitals and clinics
- Improving patient experience and care
- Improving staff morale and providing education not covered by NHS budgets
Our fund is made up from contributions made by patients and their families who have used our services over the years and the hard work of our staff who regularly take part in charity events and activities.
How we use our fund
Our charity fund covers a number of our community and mental health services, provides additional support for families and carers, and helps us to continue improving our patients’ time at some of our hospitals, wards and clinics.
Some of the ways we’ve used the fund include:
- West Berkshire locality and Community Hospital
- St Mark's Hospital in Maidenhead
- Some specific postgraduate education
- Services for people with a learning disability
- The Garden Clinic (our Sexual Health Clinic in Slough)
- Ward improvements to Henry Tudor Ward at St Mark's Hospital
- Carers of younger people with dementia
- Macmillan House Fund
- Duchess of Kent House Research
- Prospect Park Hospital (our mental health inpatient services in Reading)
- East Berkshire Community Health Services
- East Berkshire Palliative Care Team
- Highclere ward, West Berkshire Community Hospital
Managing our fund
Our Berkshire Healthcare Charitable Fund was registered with the Charity Commission in 1996.
Our board of directors, who act on behalf of our Trust (the Corporate Trustee of the fund), is responsible for making sure that the money given to our charity is spent and invested responsibly. They receive no additional pay for this role, but are passionate about improving everything we do.
Our fund is regularly reviewed by internal and external auditors to make sure that it is being spent and invested in a way that benefits patients, their families and our staff, rather than maintaining funds in perpetuity.