Doncaster community raises over £3,500 for 75th birthday of NHS

Primary schools, healthcare workers and Doncaster businesses have raised a combined £3,500 for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) Charity as part of NHS 75 celebrations. 

During the weeklong anniversary celebrations (3 – 9 July), health service well-wishers hosted tea parties, bake sales and completed a 15,000 ft tandem skydive to raise funds for the NHS. 

Luke Hughes, a Healthcare Assistant in Children’s Outpatients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), raised money from his skydive to fund a sensory room for the department. 

Speaking about the skydive, which took place on Friday 7 July, he said: “Today was awesome. It’s the best experience I’ve ever had.  

“I was nervous but when it got to it, and I jumped out it was amazing. Thank you to everyone who donated.” 

Luke managed to fundraise an astonishing £2,284. 

Also jumping was Richard Somerset, Head of Procurement at DRI. His fundraising, which amount to an impressive £615, will also go towards children’s services at the hospital. 

The Trust also celebrated the NHS Big Tea on 5 July, the official birthday of the NHS.  

Tea parties and bake sales were hosted throughout the week, raising a fantastic £600. 

Schools taking part included Tornedale Infant School, Roseacre Primary Academy and Crookesbroom Academy. 

Departments Trust-wide also partook in the fundraising efforts, including bake sales within the Eye Clinic at Bassetlaw Hospital and Clinical Therapies at DRI and Bassetlaw Hospital. 

Funded by DBTH Charity, each department and area within the Trust was gifted a box of Yorkshire Tea, to prompt hard-working colleagues to take five together. 

Zoe Lintin, Chief People Officer at DBTH, said: “On this special anniversary, it is so important that we celebrate and champion the people who make the NHS great. 

“The people at DBTH are determined and loyal and have worked through some of the most challenging years of their careers in recent times. These celebrations, and the gift of a box of tea to share, are just some of the ways in which we show our gratitude to them.” 

In addition to these fundraising events, colleagues were rewarded with free entry to the Yorkshire Wildlife Park for a day, and an afternoon tea for colleagues serving more than 40-years in the NHS.