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Fundraising Tips

How to start making a difference and fundraise for York Teaching Hospital Charity.

If our challenge events seem just a little too “challenging”, there are still many other ways that you can raise money and help your local hospital.

Here are some top tips and information which might help you get started!

Top tips

  • Hobbies & interests - Our top tip is to do something that you already love doing, or use it as an opportunity to think about doing something that you've always wanted to do.
  • Keep it simple – Don’t over complicate it. It’s often better to keep your ideas simple, as this way you will have more time to focus on the fundraising itself rather than the organisation and planning.
  • Set a target – Have a fundraising target in mind and let people know it.
  • Give yourself a promotion – It’s your time to shine and never underestimate the power of word of mouth. Talk to your friends, family and colleagues and get them on board to help promote your fundraising event.

Make the most of social media to also spread the word and tell your contacts and followers about your fundraising event.

Don’t forget to

  • Tag us – Whatever you are planning to do, don’t forget to tag us with @yorkteachinghospitalcharity and #HelpYourHospital on social media platforms and share your photos with us.

Like us on Facebook  

Follow us on Twitter

Follow us on Instagram

  • It’s good to give - If you are taking part in one of our events or holding your own fundraiser, we advise setting up a Just Giving page to help maximise your fundraising. You can direct people towards your Just Giving page and share it on your social media. All you have to do is sign up and then search for ‘York Teaching Hospital Charity’ then click ‘Fundraise for us’. 

Online giving with Just Giving means the donor pays online and the money is sent to the charity directly.

However, if Just Giving isn’t for you, please let us know and we can send you a paper sponsor form to complete and return. Please note however that we cannot take responsibility for any cash donations that get lost in the post. So, feel free to use this as an excuse to pop into our office and say hello when you pass over any donations!

Be legal and safe

  • Fundraising Authorisation Form - We will provide you with a Fundraising Authorisation Form which is an official document to prove that you are fundraising for York Teaching Hospital Charity.
  • Procedures - Please be aware that there are certain procedures that must be followed when fundraising. These are laid down by central and local government in order to protect you, the fundraiser, and your donors. If you are unsure or have any questions at any time, then please give us a ring so we can advise you further. You can also find more information by visiting charitycommission.gov.uk
  • Street collections - To conduct street collections, you must have a permit from the local council. Please do not partake in door-to-door collections.
  • Don’t bank on it - Personal bank accounts must never be used for the collection of charitable donations.
  • Raffles and lotteries - There are various laws and regulations which must be fully complied with. For more information, please visit gamblingcommission.gov.uk
  • Risky business - If you are organising an event, it is important to carry out a risk assessment. This will help you anticipate any potential issues and how they can be avoided.
  • Gift Aid it - If you are a UK tax payer, remember to fill out a Gift Aid declaration form as this allows us to claim back 25p on every £1 donated.
  • Location, location - If you need to book a venue, check availability, capacity, sanitary facilities and parking. Please also consider if the venue is fully accessible to all. It is important to make sure that you address any concerns prior to the event.
  • Food safety – if your fundraising event involves food being supplied. Please make sure that any food comply with the Food Safety Act 1990, the Food Safety (General Food Hygiene) Regulations 1995.
  • Age appropriate - If you are under 18, please ensure that your parents or guardians are fully aware of any fundraising activities. Under 18s must not fundraise through street or house to house collections, raffles, or events involving alcohol.

Children under 16 must not be left with overall responsibility for handling money or counting collected money such as bucket collections.

Please note that York Teaching Hospital Charity does not accept any responsibility or liability for your fundraising activity.

We are here to help

If you have any questions or concerns whatsoever, please do not hesitate to contact us.

We have a dedicated fundraising team in York and Scarborough who will help you every step of the way and provide you with promotional materials and support with your event. Please email charity.fundraising@york.nhs.uk or call 01904 724521.

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Blood taking, York Hospital

Due to COVID-19, from Monday 6 April the Phlebotomy service at York Hospital outpatient department will be closed until further notice.

We will continue to offer a blood taking services for patients who have urgent bloods requests only, at the nearby Nuffield Hospital. The urgency will have been identified during your medical appointment. Please access the Nuffield Hospital via the main reception and from there you will be directed to Phlebotomy. Please take a seat and wait to be called.

Patients who have routine blood test for yearly check-ups should not attend. Instead, please contact your GP to request an appointment at the GP surgery for your bloods to be taken.


Maternity services

If you are due to have a baby, please visit our website for up to date information about maternity services at this time https://bit.ly/39ANleP


Haematology and Oncology services

With effect from Monday 6 April there will be temporary changes to the Haematology and Oncology services at Scarborough and York Hospital.  These decision have been made on the grounds of patient safety in the current coronavirus pandemic.  Find out more here.


Visiting cancelled

Due to the increasing number of cases of coronavirus across the UK, York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust has made the decision to cancel all visiting to all its hospital sites in order to ensure the safety of patients and staff.

There are three exemptions to the ruling which are for one parent of a sick child under 18, for the partner of a woman giving birth and end of life patients at the discretion of the ward sister.

We would ask people to respect this decision and to treat our staff, who will be enforcing the visiting restrictions, with courtesy and respect.  For more information visit our website.


Outpatient appointments

We know that NHS services will come under intense pressure as the coronavirus spreads, and as a Trust we need to redirect staff, free up staff for refresher training and carry out any works as necessary, so we are able to maximise capacity for patients for when the number of infections peak.  We also need to reduce the number of people coming into our hospitals to protect our patients, as well as keeping our staff safe, well and able to come into work.

To do this, with effect from Tuesday 24 March 2020, along with other trusts in the Humber Coast and Vale partnerships, we have made the collective decision to suspend all non-urgent routine outpatient appointments for at least three months.  Urgent and emergency cases and cancer appointments will be carrying on as normal.

These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your understanding.  We know many people waiting for treatment will be disappointed or worried but please not contact the hospital as we will be contacting everyone directly affected in the coming days and weeks.

If you do not receive a letter or a phone call from the hospital, please turn up for your scheduled appointment as normal unless you have symptoms of coronavirus, a cold, flu or norovirus in which case you should contact us to cancel your appointment by clicking here.