KCHC Impact Report 2019-20-WEB - Flipbook - Page 2
Welcome from our Chair of Trustees and Chief Executive
Welcome from our Chair of
Trustees and Chief Executive
As we look back, we feel a great sense of pride in the knowledge that King’s College
Hospital Charity has risen to the challenge and met the demands of changing need, so
that we can continue making the most positive difference to patients and their families.
As well as contending with the emerging burdens of
COVID-19 towards the end of the financial year, we have
supported numerous innovative projects designed
to transform patient care. The following pages highlight
a selection of these new projects, as well as some of
our recent successes.
High points include the purchase of state-of-the-art
scanning equipment, research projects that offer hope
for the future, a support service for families coping
with life after brain injury, a wonderful refurbishment
of paediatric outpatients, and an appeal that ensured
every child spending Christmas in one of our hospitals
received a special gift to open on Christmas Day.
In March 2020, we launched our Hospital Heroes
Appeal in response to the unprecedented scale of the
COVID-19 pandemic. Our community of supporters
rose to the challenge with us, and together, we offered
kindness, thanks and practical support for King’s staff
as they continued to work under unbelievable pressure,
caring for sick patients isolated from their families.
We would like to thank everybody who has supported
us and worked with us over this extraordinary year.
Our TLC Appeal is progressing towards its £1.5 million
target, to help Transform Liver Care for children and
young people. Thanks to the amazing fundraising
efforts of the inspirational Mark Thornberry, who sadly
passed away in June 2020, we are also continuing to
fund vital liver cancer research.
Our Crown Fund, a new programme designed to encourage
small scale projects with the potential to make a
big difference, inspired a fresh wave of innovative
ideas. Ten of the most impactful projects were
chosen as winners, with grants awarded to a range of
departments and specialties across all hospital sites.
As ever, volunteers play a crucial role in the delivery of
exceptional patient care at King’s, and we are proud to
fund the King’s Volunteer Programme. It was a privilege
to celebrate the work of our NHS staff and volunteers
at the second annual King’s Stars Awards in November
2019, an initiative that we fully fund.
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