Community support that makes such a difference to us all
Warrington and Halton Teaching Hospitals (WHH) has always been fortunate to have incredible support from members of the local community and local businesses.
In 1996 the hospital trust established an official charity to formalise how this support was targeted to enhance the experience of patients and their families. The goal was to provide additional comforts, care and support beyond which the NHS is able to provide.
Over the years WHH Charity has made a significant impact on the care provided to patients at both hospital sites and across a variety of different services.
In recent years the charity’s fundraising has enhanced the service provided to some of the youngest patients by creating a children’s play area off the paediatric ward, which provides opportunities for outside play which is proven to aid recovery.
A bespoke therapy garden next to the stroke unit gives patients and families a relaxing environment outdoors which benefits both mental and physical health during their stay.
Patients undergoing treatment at the Breast Care Centre in Halton have also been able to receive additional services above and beyond their NHS treatment. Those patients undergoing treatment within our Halton therapy services now also have a vegetable garden to aid their rehabilitation and recovery.
The support from communities was never more evident than during the COVID-19 pandemic when deliveries of refreshments, foodstuffs, toiletries, clothing and toys were distributed at all hours by the charity team. These donations enabled the trust to support inpatients who could not receive visits from loved ones, as well as staff who were working round the clock to care for them in the most challenging of circumstances.
WHH Charity Head of Fundraising Helen Higginson said: “We cannot thank our communities in Warrington and Halton enough for the support they have provided to us over the years. This support makes such as difference to us all, from the patients and their families to the staff caring for them.
“Every single contribution made to our charity helps and is very much appreciated. We would love to talk to more people about how they can work with us as fundraisers or charity volunteers to help us provide the best positive experience for patients in our hospitals.”
For more information on the work of the WHH Charity and details of how you can get involved in our fundraising or campaigns as an individual or a corporate sponsor, please visit whhcharity.org.uk. Alternatively call 01925 662666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org