Founded in 2000, we began as an informal group of the largest NHS Charities which came together to provide mutual support and a forum for discussion. We have grown steadily, welcoming charities both large and small from across England and Wales, and today the Association represents 129 charities. In 2008 we formalised our constitution and successfully applied to the Charity Commission to become a registered charity. We also invited all NHS Charities to share the benefits of membership.
We seek to support, and to be the voice of all NHS Charities in England and Wales.
The principal aim of the Association is to promote the effective working of NHS Charities. We do this by:
NHS Charities collectively hold nearly £2.8bn of assets and receive an annual income that exceeds £400m. Promoting the effective working of NHS Charities therefore aims to ensure that this enormous charitable resource is used effectively and efficiently, to improve the experience of, and therefore provide a benefit to all users of NHS hospitals and other NHS services.