I attended my first ever Fundraising MIG Conference on Wednesday this week, which brought together 140 NHS charity fundraisers from all over the country to support, learn and motivate each other. Thank you to everyone who made journeys small and great to be part of the day; to our inspirational speakers; to our sponsors Kingston Smith; to our exceptional MIG committee and fantastic team: Claire, April and Ellen from The Royal Free who very kindly gave of her time to support the smooth running of the day.

A huge thank you also to Louise McCathie, Director of Fundraising at Birmingham Children’s and Women’s Hospital who stepped down after 2 amazing years as Chair of the MIG committee and to Kate Green, Director of Fundraising at Cheltenham and Gloucester, who has stoically taken up the reigns to lead this highly valued members’ resource.

During the day we learnt about one of our collective greatest achievements as NHS Charities together (many of who are members of the Association, some who are not). NHS Charities Together saw the coming together of 137 NHS Charities to get involved in the NHS 70 Big Tea and celebrate the 70th Birthday of the NHS: every region in the UK, every type of Trust; supporting over 450 NHS sites with one united identity, message and resource to hold over 4000 NHS tea parties on or around 5th July. A campaign supported at and securing media coverage at both local and national level. 28 celebrities and influencers got behind the campaign, in addition to some fantastic promising corporate partnerships. £160K raised and 80% of charities felt that the campaign increased awareness of NHS Charities and 90% said they would support a national campaign in the future.

So what are the next steps… at our Members Forum on 14th November 2018, which booking opens on Monday… I will be launching the Association’s brand new vision and strategic plan and will be asking you to help shape our collective brand, our collective voice and our collective resource… and I will be focusing on where next for NHS Charities Together… and what does 75th Birthday of the NHS look like….

‘The whole is greater than the sum of its parts’ Aristotle


Ellie Orton

Chief Exec

Association of NHS Charities


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