Sussex Community NHS Charity

 

 

We are the official charity of Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. 

The Trust is the largest provider of community NHS health care across Sussex. Our expert teams provide essential medical, nursing and therapeutic care to adults, children and families - serving a population of 1.3 million people and caring for 9,000 people every single day.

Together with the kind support of the community, we raise funds to provide the Trust with grants to cover the costs of projects which go above and beyond what the NHS core funding provides for.

Right now, the Trust’s hospitals and services out in the Sussex community are under unprecedented pressure as we respond to COVID-19. As always, our dedicated Trust staff are going above and beyond to make sure they can continue providing excellent care to those who need it.

Thank you to everyone who is supporting us.

  

Our Charity

Learn how we use your donations to support the Trust, how to get in touch with our Charity Office and how to make a complaint.

We are here to support the Trust to deliver excellent care at the heart of the community, by granting funds above and beyond what core NHS funding provides for.

We fundraise locally to provide grants to the Trust to cover costs which the NHS core fund would not. With the kind and generous support of the community raising and donating vital funds, we provide grants to:

  • Improve the physical and mental health of patients, staff and volunteers
  • Support staff development to help them provide excellent care
  • Improve the equipment and facilities for the diagnosis and treatment of our patients.
  • Create patient and family friendly care environments
  • Advance our understanding through medical research

 

How we generate funds

We rely heavily on public support to raise funds to make grants to support worthy projects across our Trust. We raise funds through a number of ways including:

  • Monetary donations
  • Legacies
  • Community fundraising
  • Fundraising events and activities
  • Corporate support
  • Trading activities (e.g. volunteer run cafes)

We are also able to support our staff, volunteer and patients by receiving and distributing gifts in kind from individuals as well as local and national companies.

Donations to our General Fund are particularly useful to the charity, enabling us to direct funds to where they are needed most. All donations are greatly appreciated, and we will always endeavour to fulfil donor wishes to support a particular service or site if possible.

Read our annual reports and the impact we have had on the Charity Commission website.

 

Meet the team

Rosie Hemming, Fundraising Manager

Rosie joined the Trust in 2019 as our Fundraising Manager. Rosie previously worked for four years in the Fundraising Team at a Sussex based HIV charity, specialising in challenge and mass participation events to raise charitable income to sustain an inpatient unit and outpatient services.

Rosie has a Degree of Law and a Masters Degree in Human Rights, completing her dissertation on the impact of human rights on the HIV pandemic. In her spare time, Rosie enjoys practicing yoga and writing for her women’s wellbeing blog.

Our Charity Office is always here to provide you with support, advice and fundraising resources throughout your fundraising journey.

Call us: 01273 266040

Email us: sc-tr.charity@nhs.net

Write to us: Sussex Community NHS Charity, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3EW

 

Say hello on social media

Facebook: @scftcharity

Twitter: @scft_charity

Instagram: @scft_charity

 

Privacy notice

We, Sussex Community NHS Charity, respect your concerns about privacy and value the relationship we have with you. This Privacy Notice describes the types of personal data we collect about our supporters, how we use this information, with whom we share it, and the rights of our supporters regarding our use of this information. We also describe the measures we take to protect the security of the information, how long we retain it and how our members can contact us about our privacy practices and how to exercise their rights.

Purpose of the processing and the legal basis for the processing

We collect your personal details for the purpose of administering your donation and communicating with you about your donations and fundraising activity. If you have opted in to receive marketing communications from us, we will also use your contact details to send you updates about the charity, our work and upcoming opportunities to get involved. 

We only collect this information with your consent. 

Your details will be entered into our secure systems that allow us to make sure your donations are administered correctly and that you are contacted with relevant information. 

No information is processed outside of the UK.

Your personal information will only be held for as long as is legally required, or as long as we have your consent. 

If you would like to opt out of marketing communications, or for your personal data to be erased, please contact the Charity Office.

Sussex Community NHS Charity is a registered member of the Fundraising Regulator, The independent regulator of charitable fundraising in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The Fundraising Promise outlines the commitment made to donors and the public by fundraising organisations which register with the Fundraising Regulator. Those who register with the regulator agree to ensure their fundraising is legal, open, honest and respectful. The standards for fundraising are set out in the Code of Fundraising Practice.

We will commit to high standards

  • We will adhere to the Fundraising Code of Practice.
  • We will monitor fundraisers, volunteers and third parties working with us to raise funds, to ensure that they comply with the Code of Fundraising Practice and with this Promise.
  • We will comply with the law as it applies to charities and fundraising.
  • We will display the Fundraising Regulator badge on our fundraising material to show we are committed to good practice.

We will be clear, honest and open

  • We will tell the truth and we will not exaggerate.
  • We will do what we say we are going to do with donations we receive.
  • We will be clear about who we are and what we do.
  • We will give a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and change a regular donation.
  • Where we ask a third party to fundraise on our behalf, we will make this relationship and the financial arrangement transparent.
  • We will be able to explain our fundraising costs and show how they are in the best interests of our cause if challenged.
  • We will ensure our complaints process is clear and easily accessible.
  • We will provide clear and evidence based reasons for our decisions on complaints.

We will be respectful

  • We will respect your rights and privacy.
  • We will not put undue pressure on you to make a gift. If you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision.
  • We will have a procedure for dealing with people in vulnerable circumstances and it will be available on request.
  • Where the law requires, we will get your consent before we contact you to fundraise.
  • If you tell us that you don’t want us to contact you in a particular way we will not do so. We will work with the Telephone, Mail and Fundraising Preference Services to ensure that those who choose not to receive specific types of communication don’t have to.

We will be fair and reasonable

  • We will treat donors and the public fairly, showing sensitivity and adapting our approach depending on your needs.
  • We will take care not to use any images or words that intentionally cause distress or anxiety.
  • We will take care not to cause nuisance or disruption to the public.
  • We will be accountable and responsible
  • We will manage our resources responsibly and consider the impact of our fundraising on our donors, supporters and the wider public.
  • If you are unhappy with anything we’ve done whilst fundraising, you can contact us to make a complaint. We will listen to feedback and respond appropriately to compliments and criticism we receive.
  • We will have a complaints procedure, a copy of which will be available on our website or available on request.
  • Our complaints procedure will let you know how to contact the Fundraising Regulator in the event that you feel our response is unsatisfactory.
  • We will monitor and record the number of complaints we receive each year and share this data with the Fundraising Regulator on request.

 

How to make a complaint

We are committed to maintaining a high standard of fundraising. If it happens that we do not meet our own high standards, or our donors’ expectations, we want to hear about it to correct any issues as quickly as possible, ensuring they never happen again.

There are a number of ways you can contact us and tell us your thoughts:

Call us: 01273 266040

Email us: sc-tr.charity@nhs.net

Write to us: Sussex Community NHS Charity, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, BN2 3EW

Please include your name, address and contact telephone number in your email or letter so that we can get back in touch with you quickly. 

We commit to respond with the outcome of our investigations in writing within 28 days of receiving your complaint.

We will securely keep a record of your complaint and how it was investigated for 24 months, unless you request your information be destroyed. The details of your complaint may be shared with the Fundraising Regulator.

Who else can help?

If you are unhappy with the outcome of our investigation of your complaint relating to our fundraising practice, you can contact the Fundraising Regulator to investigate the complaint.

You must contact them within two months of receiving a response from us.

There are a number of ways you can contact the Fundraising Regulator:

  • Email them at complaints@fundraisingregulator.org.uk
  • Call them at 0300 999 3407
  • Complete their online complaints form at www.fundraisingregulator.org.uk/complaints/make-complaint
  • Write to them: Fundraising Regulator 2nd floor, CAN Mezzanine Building, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH

Alternatively if your complaint is related to another area of our work and you do not feel satisfied with our response, you can contact the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission P O Box 1227 Liverpool L69 3UG

Tel: 0845 3000 218 www.charity-commission.gov.uk

 

 

How you can help

Join our community of supporters! You can get involved in a number of ways:

  • Donating funds - make a donation, set up a monthly direct debit or pledge a gift in your will
  • Hosting an event or activity (including a virtual event) to raise funds
  • Entering a challenge event to collect sponsorship

Your donations to our charity are hugely appreciated, and go a long way to support our staff, volunteers and patients.

You can make a donation through the following methods:

  • Online: To make a one-off donation or to set up a regular donation, please visit our JustGiving page. JustGiving is a user-friendly online fundraising platform, through which you can make your donation to our charity quickly and securely.
  • Cheque: Print and complete our Donation Form to post with your cheque to Sussex Community NHS Charity, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 3EW.
  • Bank transfer: Call our Charity Office on 01273 266040 to discuss how to deposit funds raised into our charity bank account. We will collect contact and donation details and provide payment instructions.
  • Cash: Print and complete our Donation Form and bring with you to make a donation our Cashier’s Office. Alternatively the Cashier’s Office can provide a form on arrival. Our Cashier’s Office is based on Floor 2, Arundel Building, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 3EW. (CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID – please use other donation methods, never post cash)
  • Leave a gift: You can leave a gift to the charity in your will. If you would like to discuss, please contact our Charity Office at sc-tr.charity@nhs.net or call 01273 266040. All correspondence regarding a legacy donation should be sent to the Charity Office.

If you have a preference for whether your donation is allocated to our general fund or a specific service, please mention in the donor message or get in touch.

 

Gift Aid

Gift Aid allows charity’s like us to make your donation go even further by claiming an additional 25p on every £1 you donate which is eligible for Gift Aid.

Before we can claim the Gift Aid on your donations, you must complete a Gift Aid declaration to confirm you are eligible. You will be asked if you would like to complete a Gift Aid declaration when you donate through JustGiving or when you make a cheque/cash donation.

You can learn more about Gift Aid on the gov.uk website.

 

Gifts in kind

Gifts in kind provide our Trust with essential goods and services, and so save money. They can also help us to raise funds, when prizes are donated for raffles and other fundraising activities. If you would like to donate items or services, we would love to hear from you. 

Before delivering a gift in kind to our wards, please contact our Charity Office. Whilst we are incredibly grateful for the gifts donated to our sites, we are not able to accept everything. 

Getting started

  1. Download our Fundraising Guide: Our guide is full of ideas and useful information to help you plan your fundraiser.
  2. Choose your fundraising activity: Plan an activity of your own, or check out the upcoming events in the next section which you could take part in.
  3. Know the legal stuff: Read our handy legal information below before getting started, to ensure you have all the licences and insurance you may need for your chosen activity.
  4. Complete our Fundraising Agreement: This helps us to tailor the support we provide you with. Before you start fundraising, please complete and email to sc-tr.charity@nhs.net or post to Sussex Community NHS Charity, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 3EW.
  5. Collect donations: The easiest way to raise and collect in funds is by setting up a JustGiving page. Click the link and follow the simple steps to create your page. Prefer to collect sponsorship offline? Print our Sponsorship Form to record pledges, collect in donations, and gather Gift Aid declarations from donors.
  6. Spread the word: Use the power of social media, email and word of mouth to tell friends, family and colleagues about your fundraiser. We are happy to help you create promotional posters, and share your events on our platforms - get in touch for support. 

 

Legal stuff

We are committed to upholding excellent fundraising standards, in line with the Fundraising Code of Conduct, and we ask all our fundraisers to do the same. Please read the important information below before starting to fundraise.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Charity Office. We are here to provide advice and help to our supporters.

  • Licences: You may need a licence if organising an event, particularly if selling alcohol or food. Get in touch with your local council about what permissions are needed.
  • Raffles and Lotteries: There are rules you must follow when raising funds through a raffle, lottery or other activity involving gambling. Some activities require a licence. For guidance, visit the Gambling Commission.
  • Street collections: Street collections require a licence from the local council for the time and location of the collection. Contact our Charity Office on 01273 266040 or sc-tr.charity@nhs.net who can assist.
  • Collections on private property: Before you can collect on privately owned property, written consent should be sought from the owner or business. You must not collect door to door. 
  • Insurance: Some event venues may require you to have insurance, so it is advised to check with the venue first before fundraising. 

Paying in funds raised offline

Once you have collected in funds, we ask that these are donated to the charity within 28 days. If a JustGiving Fundraising Page has been used to collect donations, the money will come directly to us. Otherwise you can pay in funds raised through the following methods:

  • Bank transfer: Call our Charity Office on 01273 266040 to discuss how to deposit funds raised into our charity bank account. We will collect contact and donation details and provide payment instructions. (If this isn’t the first bank transfer you have made to us, please still call so we can collect details about your donation and tell finance how to allocate it)
  • Cheque: Print and complete our Donation Form to post with the cheque to Sussex Community NHS Charity, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 3EW.
  • Cash: Print and complete our Donation Form and hand in along with the cash donation to our Cashier’s Office. Alternatively the Cashier’s Office can provide a form on arrival. Our Cashier’s Office is based on Floor 2, Arundel Building, Brighton General Hospital, Elm Grove, Brighton, East Sussex BN2 3EW. (CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO COVID – please use other donation methods, never post cash)

From 5k fun runs to world famous marathons, from hospital fetes to fundraising galas - there are events for everyone to get involved in to help raise funds for Sussex Community NHS Charity! Click on the links below for further information.

 

Challenge events

Brighton Half Marathon

London Marathon - applications opening soon

Check back soon for upcoming challenge events

 

Event not listed above? That's ok, you can take part in any challenge event to raise funds for our charity. Once you have your place in the the event, get in touch with our Charity Office and we will provide you with support and resources to help you turn those steps run, laps swam or miles cycled into funds to support your local NHS. 

 

Fundraising events

Check back soon for upcoming fundraising events

Charity Registration Number: 1051763