NHS birthday events raise over £7,000 for hospital charity

Fundraising events hosted throughout 2023 have raised a staggering £7,410 in honour of the NHS’s 75th birthday.

Events included two sponsored skydives, ‘NHS Big Tea’ bake sales and raffles.

Ten courageous fundraisers took the leap of faith, jumping from 15,000 ft to raise funds for Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals (DBTH) Charity.

A staff member in a charity t-shirt is tandem skydiving
A staff member skydives for the NHS 75 in October

Luke Hughes, a Healthcare Assistant in Children’s Outpatients at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI) said on the day of the skydive: “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 raised an astonishing £2,284 to fund a sensory room for the department.

In total the skydive events raised £6,410.

Two men are posing in blue jumpsuits which have the words 'Skydive Hibaldstow' written on them. They are both smiling. One is waving, one is pointing to the other.
Two colleagues, Richard (left) and Luke (right) who skydived to raise funds for the NHS 75 in July

From the stroke ward to maternity bereavement services, diabetes ward to pathology, those jumping raised funds for services and departments across the Trust.

On 5 July, DBTH also celebrated 75 years with the ‘NHS Big Tea’ – a weeklong tea party which invites individuals, community groups, schools, and businesses to raise funds for the NHS over a brew and cake.

The total raised across all the tea parties was £1,000.

Participants included Go Green, Crookesbroom Academy and the Eye Clinic team at Doncaster Royal Infirmary.

A member of staff is stood by a table filled with cakes, buns and doughnuts. A large collection of pink balloons are pinned above the table.

Sarah Dunning, Fundraising Manager at DBTH Charity said: “The fundraising efforts of our colleagues and the wider community during this special year has been second to none.

“All funds raised go towards improving our services, supporting colleagues, and bettering the patient experience above and beyond the limitations of NHS funding.

“Without the support of our community, exceptional projects like our recently built maternity bereavement suite, or the beautiful gardens across our sites, would not be possible. Thank you.”

Colleagues at the Trust were also treated with a free box of Yorkshire Tea for their department.

The volunteer is passing a box of tea to a staff member in front of a table filled with hundreds of boxes of tea and red and purple balloons
GXO volunteers help give out boxes of tea to colleagues

Outside of fundraising events, long-serving colleagues of ten years or more were invited to attend an afternoon tea at Ye Olde Bell in Retford.

To register your interest in our skydive events in 2024, visit the charity website here: https://dbthcharity.co.uk/skydive-2024/