HOSPITAL chiefs are considering creating a dedicated fund-raising department to help improve stays for patients.
South Warwickshire Foundation Trust (SWFT) staff and patients have been tirelessly fund-raising to buy items, from specialised chairs to ipads, for Stratford Hospital’s cancer and eye departments.
It took around six months to reach the £100,000 mark and nearly a year after the fund-raising drive began the trust had secured some £600,000.
The fund-raising drive has been so successful that SWFT bosses – who run Warwick, Leamington, Stratford, and Shipston’s Ellen Badger hospitals – are in discussions about whether to develop a permanent fund-raising department to pay for equipment and facilities.
A trust spokeswoman said: “Fund-raising for local hospitals and community services can really benefit patients. Money raised goes towards enhanced facilities and equipment, which can help the overall patient experience.
“Fund-raising is also a great opportunity for the community to get involved with their local health services. At the moment we are seeing how successful this can be with our Stratford Hospital Cancer and Eye Appeal. We have received fantastic support and would urge as many people as possible to get involved in any way they can.
“As fund-raising plays such an important role we are currently in the process of developing a fundraising strategy for the trust.”
The proposal to development a fund-raising department is set to be discussed at an upcoming charity trustee meeting.