About our Charity

For over 150 years, Whittington Hospital has provided health and community care services to some 500,000 people mainly in Islington and Haringey as well as other London boroughs including Barnet, Enfield, Camden and Hackney.

As one organisation providing both hospital and community services, we are known as an ‘integrated care organisation’.  We have over 4,400 staff delivering care services across north London. We also run services from 30 community locations in Islington and Haringey.

Our vision is to provide safe, personal and co-ordinated care for the community we serve. To fulfil this, we aim to continuously improve the quality of our services to deliver the best outcomes for our local population. 

 
The Whittington Hospital Charitable Fund supports and funds care that the NHS is not able to provide, in particular medical equipment and support for patients and staff. By spending money on additional equipment, better facilities and a more comfortable environment, we can offer patients the highest standards of care in the best possible surroundings.
 
We fund items, projects and groups which the NHS budget can't cover

Although the Whittington receives funding from the exchequer to provide healthcare for the local population, sadly there is often a shortfall. There are community projects and vital equipment which is desperately needed, but outside the limit of the NHS budgets. To keep pace with modern advances in technology and to provide improved services, there is very much a need to go that extra mile which is often met by fundraising donations. Our aim is to continue to provide services to a high standard, but to achieve our goals we need to raise valuable and much–needed funds. 
 
What we do
Rainbow Garden - adding colour to our children's ward
‘If a sick child is kept active, there is a much high chance of a faster recovery’ – Kerry Robinson, Consultant Paediatrician. Our Charity raised over £250,000 to transform the outdoor play area at Whittington Hospital into a ‘Rainbow Garden.’ It was designed in collaboration with The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children, Whittington’s paediatric team and patients.
 
Play is integrated into children’s treatment at Whittington, with their activities purposely designed to accelerate their recovery, and improve their physical and mental wellbeing. As its name suggests the play area features colourful rainbow canopies as well as decking areas, a London cityscape construction play area, chalkboards and tactile panels. There’s even space for pet rabbits which help reduce children’s anxiety.

The C Factor – helping cancer patients find their voice
This unique project provides psychological support to patients with cancer. It has won a Macmillan Award for Excellence in Innovation.
The project uses storytelling and theatre techniques to help patients communicate, share experiences and gain the psychological tools to self-manage the emotional challenges of cancer. Patients describe the The C Factor as ‘energising, uplifting and empowering’

‘It has helped put my own problems in context and made me realize it’s ok to have cancer.’

‘I am usually intimidated by support groups in case I can’t articulate what I mean or feel. But at The C Factor I never felt that pressure.’

Funding for this project has been provided by our charity but we need the support of our local community to keep it going and to keep making a big difference.

Project Wingman
What started as a simple idea to provide staff with free tea and pastries before starting their shift mushroomed into something much bigger – thanks to our supporters and the cabin crew of some major airlines! After British Airways, Easyjet, Norwegian and Scandinavian airlines grounded their aircraft and furloughed their staff, teams of cabin crew volunteered to turn our rest area into a First Class lounge.  Donations to our Charity paid for furniture and accessories – including a mindfulness room – and the cabin crew served free newspapers, teas, coffees and snacks to hospital staff.
 
It was so successful that the project has spread to other hospitals across the country. What began at Whittington went nationwide!

The Little Things That Mean A Lot
Here are just some of things the Charity has been providing to make a difference for our patients and staff during the COVID-19 crisis:

• Delivering meals to staff provided by local restaurants in partnership with Meals for the NHS
• Providing water bottles for all staff – dehydration is a big issue for those wearing PPE.
• Partnering with Vans for Bands to provide a top of the range tour bus with beds to give staff a break between shifts
• Buying 10,000 face masks from local companies for staff to use on public transport
• Providing hand cream for staff – continued use of hand sanitizer caused a lot of dry hands.
• Supplying training manikins to help diagnose COVID-19 patients more efficiently
• Installing easy to read clocks making it simpler for staff wearing PPE to maintain accurate time keeping.
• Providing packs of essentials like canned food and toiletries to recovering patients to take home when they’re discharged from hospital.
Working on it!