Our charities exist to go above and beyond for those in Sunderland, South Tyneside and the surrounding areas.

With the generous support of our staff, patients as well as their friends and families, we fund specialist equipment, make our hospitals more comfortable for those who need them, and provide other extras that make a difference.

Our work is made possible by those who donate, fundraise and volunteer to support our charity. Some have even left a gift in their will to continue making a difference even after they have left us.

For the most recent accounts reported to the charity commission , for the South Tyneside Charity (charity number 1059500) click here and for the Sunderland Charity (Charity Number 1052366) click here.

What are your funds?

Like all NHS charities we have multiple 'funds' held within each charity, they are essentially mini charities within the main charity. Every ward and service will have at least one fund attached to it, money donated to a specific fund can only be spent on activity linked to that fund. For example, if you donate to our neonatal fund the money will only be used to improve the facilities and services on the neonatal unit and will not be used elsewhere.

We do have general purposes funds that are used to support activity across our sites and services, such as improvements to communal areas and the provision of services to patients across multiple wards/departments.  When fundraising for, or donating to the charities you can specify the fund you wish the money to go to, it may be to an area you have a particular interest in, or have seen coverage of in the media.

So what have our charities done?

We support projects and initiatives ranging all the way from children's wards through to care of the elderly. It would be difficult to put all we do into one place, but here are four examples of how we make a difference:

Complementary therapy suite

Our Complementary Therapy room was funded by supporters of Sunderland Cancer Patient Support Centre. The room was refurbished and repurposed to become a safe, quiet place for those receiving cancer treatment to receive complementary therapies. Therapies are funded by our charity and delivered in partnership with Coping With Cancer North East.

Dialysis machines

In 2017, the time had come to update our Haemodialysis machines. Instead of replacing the units, our charity was able to fund an upgrade to state of the art dialysis machines, matching our equipment to the exceptional care the Renal Unit team offer.

Neonatal miniboos

Smell is extremely important for newborns and their mothers to bond, as it stimulates milk production in mothers and is proven to sooth babies. So, being separated in an incubator is difficult for both mothers and little ones. Miniboos are cuddly toys that pick up the scent of mother and baby, which are swapped after a few days. Babies then recognise their mother's scent when they are ready for more cuddles.

Critical Care Simman© training

We are fortunate to have a state of the art Integrated Critical Care Unit (ICCU). The ICCU team continually seek to stay at the top of their game and our charity was able to fund a simulation model to support them. The model rehearses common and complex procedures so when staff do come to perform them on a patient they are confident of their skills.