To celebrate St David’s Day I’d like to share with you some of the wonderful work of our Welsh members. We have 4 Welsh NHS Charity Members.

Awyr Las – Blue Sky – is the dedicated NHS Charity in North Wales supporting one of the biggest NHS Trusts. Since 2010 the charity has funded over £23m of equipment and healthcare services. The charity is currently running a new campaign to support mental health – I CAN seeks to improve the support available to people with mental health problems in North Wales. The Campaign is rooted in local communities and led by a collection of people who are passionate about achieving real and meaningful change for people affected by mental ill health. Steered by people with lived experience of mental health problems, people working and volunteering in mental health services and those involved in local mental health charities, the call to action is for people to donate, champion and get involved by standing together and saying “I CAN make a difference for people experiencing mental health problems”.

Cardiff & Vale Health Charity  supports the 9 Cardiff and Vale UHB Hospitals. They manage over 300 funds and have a number of appeals including their:  ‘Breast Centre Appeal’, ‘Better Life Appeal’ supporting Cystic Fibrosis patients, ‘Prop Appeal’ for  Neurosciences Specialist Rehabilitation and ‘Our Orchard’ supporting the development of a centre for rest, recovery and rehabilitation; as well as  their ‘Make it better’ general appeal.

Hywel Dda Health Charity is making a difference to the thousands of people cared for by Hywel Dda University Health Board across Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion, Pembrokeshire and beyond. They have a brilliant #makeadifference campaign highlighting the amazing work of the hospitals and charity, using social media to draw attention to the difference that NHS Charity donations make. Here’s a real example from their Facebook page ‘£350 – helped fund an educational activity day for children aged 6 – 11 years with type 1 diabetes, with the key aim of educating and encouraging the children to learn new skills in relation to their condition.’

Velindre NHS Trust provides specialist cancer and blood services across south and mid Wales providing care, support and treatment to cancer patients and their families through The Velindre Cancer Centre. Their dedicated fundraising charity has a number of specialist appeals including gynaecological cancer, gastrointestinal cancers, advanced radiotherapy research, brain tumours, breast cancer, lung cancer and bowel cancer. Velindre have a very special way that people can fundraise and help make a difference to cancer patients and their families in Wales; this is through purchasing Velindre Wedding Favours for couples’ very special day that they may not have had without the Velindre Centre saving lives.

This is a snapshot of the wonderful work that our Welsh partners do every day. I very much believe that reason we are able to make the difference that we do, is because every day good people roll up their sleeves or get out their wallet, give and get involved. It may not be in huge ways, it may be by buying Velindre wedding favours but each of those small acts makes a huge difference.

So in the words that are affiliated to St David,

gwenwch y pethau bychain mewn bywyd – ‘Do the little things in life’

(just don’t mention the rugby!)

Have a wonderful weekend

Ellie Orton

Chief Executive

Association of NHS Charities


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