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Sussex Community NHS Charity Colour w o strap

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

Browse the tabs below to find useful information about our charity, how you can support us, and how we use your donations to enhance patient care. 

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From 5k fun runs to world famous marathons, we have a variety of events for everyone to get involved in. Help raise funds for Sussex Community NHS Charity and hit your own fitness goals! 

Explore our Challenge Events

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Would you like a regular dose of good news?
Be the first to hear about our news and upcoming fundraising or volunteering opportunities by subscribing to our e-mailing list. 

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Did you know we have eCards? 

We have designs for all sorts of occasions and new designs are added regularly! Plus, the donation from each card will support staff, patients and volunteers at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust.

Check our our eCards

NHS Big Tea 2022

Can you already hear the faint clatter of teacups across the nation? Kettles boiling? Sprinkles hitting the icing upon cakes?

That's right - the NHS Big Tea 2022 is just around the corner as we prepare to celebrate the NHS 74th birthday on Tuesday 5 July 2022.

NHS Big Tea 2022


Who we are

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 Gratwick, 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.

Get in touch

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 respect your concerns about privacy and value the relationship we have with you. We promise to keep your personal data safe and never unnecessarily share your personal data with third parties. You can read our full privacy policy for more details. 

Our fundraising promise

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

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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

Ways to donate

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. (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.

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Fundraise for us

Getting started 

  • Download our Fundraising Guide: Our guide is full of ideas and useful information to help you plan your fundraiser.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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)

Other ways to support our charity

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Tap for our NHS Heroes

To provide extra support, we need to raise unrestricted funds, these are donations made to our general pot which can be used to spend to pay for a wide variety of fantastic projects. 

We want you to ‘tap’ for our NHS heroes in whatever way you can – every tap supports us to support them. Read more about our appeal.

Just Like A Star

Take a look at our appeal 'Just Like A Star', where you can visit our midnight blue sky and donate to add a star in memory of a loved one or to thank a carer, friend or colleague.

There are options to add a photo, leave a message, and it is your choice whether to add your name or be anonymous.

All donations will go towards supporting staff, patients and volunteers here at Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust. Visit our sky.

Corporate support

Corporate partnerships are a great way to support a charitable cause, whilst boosting employee morale and raising your companies profile.

There are a number of different ways businesses support us:

  • Donating gifts in kind or services to support our workforce and patients
  • Donating a percentage of profits from the sale of products
  • Organising fundraising events and activities for employees and customers to get involved in
  • Taking part in one of our events or activities, such as joining our team in a half marathon
  • Making a donation, or matching your employees donations/fundraising
  • Display a collection tin on site to collect cash donations - complete our online form to request a tin.
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Check out the sections above for information on how to donate and fundraising tips/resources to get started.

To discuss a corporate partnership, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our Charity Office. We would be delighted to chat through your ideas.

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How your donations make a lasting difference

Every penny donated and raised has a direct impact on patient care and staff wellbeing. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we are able to make grants to services and teams to make purchases above and beyond what NHS core funding covers.

For example, we fund more advanced or additional medical equipment which could lead to faster patient diagnoses and treatment, or extra staff training to enable them to respond effectively to the specific needs of their patients - such as those who use Makaton or BSL to communicate. Charity grants also improve patient care and staff areas, to create welcoming care and work environments, and fund items or activities which support staff wellbeing so they can continue to deliver excellent patient care at the heart of the community.

Read about a few of our recently funded projects below, all made possible thanks to generous donations from the community.  

Staff wellbeing projects

During the last year the charity has funded over 40 projects to enhance staff wellbeing, supporting them to continue providing excellent patient care. A few examples include:

Project Wingman wellbeing bus

The charity funded the Project Wingman bus to spend a week at two SCFT sites - Horsham Hospital and Bognor Regis War Memorial Hospital, providing a first-class rest space for staff. During their visit to the bus, staff were treated to complimentary drinks and snacks, a comfy place to rest, and a friendly chat with the Project Wingman volunteers. During the 2 week period, over 700 staff visiting the bus enjoying the welcoming space and chatting to volunteers. Of all the visitors who completed a survey about their experience on the Project Wingman bus, 100% said they found it valuable for their wellbeing. 

Staff massage chair

A member of staff successfully applied for a grant to purchase a massage chair, to particularly benefit all teams in Dyke Building (BGH) including Primary Care Admin, Hear Failure, Neurology, Respiratory, Responsive Services, Hospital At Home, System Capacity and Flow, Community Neuro Rehab, Falls, Therapy Hub and Phlebotomy teams. Staff can book slots to go and use the massage chair on their break, encouraging restful breaks during work hours.

Mental health first-aid lanyards

A member of staff successfully applied for a grant to purchase lanyards, to be able to ensure that staff who are registered Mental Health First Aiders will be able to be easily and discreetly identifiable to colleagues allowing them to initiate engagement on an individual and confidential manner. This avoids needing to request awareness via other channels.

Staff rest area chairs 

Due to social distancing requirements, staff rooms have needed some adjustments. We provided a grant to Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust's Special Care Dental Team at Crawley Hospital to buy new comfy wipeable tub chairs so their staff had somewhere to rest whilst sociaolly distancing during breaks. The team were delighted, saying:

"The funding for new chairs has done wonders for staff morale... Staff are extremely happy with the new furniture. The chairs will be well-used for many years to come". 

Standing desks

Last year, we were delighted to provide a number of grants to SCFT teams to purchase standing desks. With many staff spending prolonged periods of time sitting down, these portable standing desks benefit both physical and mental health. Hear from our staff:

"I find it invaluable" - Community Sister.

"I found it really helpful to have the option to alternate between sitting and standing throughout the day. I find I get aches over the top of my shoulders when I’m sitting for long periods, as well as some lower back ache. So standing up for short periods helped improve my posture to relieve these aches. As my job is currently more desk bound due to Covid this option really helps!" - Pharmacist, Proactive Care Plus.

"I have found great benefits not only for my posture but for my mind. It helps relieve back pain and hip pain I get from sitting down for long periods of time. I also find that it actually gives me a bit more energy, I find when I sit down all day it seems rather a lot of effort to move but when you’re already standing nothing seems impossible. I also find it helps with productivity in the afternoon." - Proactive Care Coordinator.

Patient wellbeing projects

During the last year, we have followed the changing needs of our services and predominately supported projects which ease issues caused or exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Funded projects include for example:

Living well programme laptops

SCFT deliver the Living Well Programme, a free self-management course developed for people living with any long-term health condition, such as heart disease, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, depression, back pain, chronic fatigue syndrome etc.

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, these face-to-face group sessions were unable to take place. We funded 12 laptops to enable the wonderful Living Well Programme volunteer tutors to deliver the courses online, and they now continue to provide this great service virtually to patients safely at home.

Badges to aid communication

We provided a grant to SCFT Disability Network to purchase a selection of badges designed to help staff, volunteer and patients and carers across the Trust adapt to face covering rules and the impact these have on communication. These badges help:

  • People who struggle to understand people in masks because they lip-read, rely on facial cues or have problems with auditory processing
  • People who are exempt from wearing a face mask and wish to indicate this and avoid potential confrontations
  • Staff who wish to indicate to patients and carers that they know BSL or Makaton 
  • Patients who wish to signal to people addressing them that they can switch to signing Makaton or BSL to communicate with them

Activities to ease social isolation

We funded a grant to the SCFT Homeless Team to deliver social and skill-building activities such as fishing trips, equine therapy and other days out for patients whose mental health problems have be impacted by the isolation of COVID sheilding.

Many of our patients have a chronic health conditions which have meant that they have had to shield during Covid-19 pandemic. For many of our patients experiencing homelessness is a time of huge anxiety and uncertainty coupled with feeling marginalised by society. Our occupational therapists aim to improve patient mental and physical health by supporting them to engage in meaningful activities in their home or outside in the community, allowing them to find a sense of mastery in themselves by learning or enhancing skills, giving them space from their concerns/anxieties, increase confidences, reduce social isolation and social integration.


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