Charities

The BTSS is thrilled to be supporting the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity

About the charity

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity is the official charity of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. It supports patients at the QE by providing ‘added extras’ that are over and above that which is provided by the NHS.

The Charity’s mission is to see an improvement in the health and wellbeing of the community through the services provided by University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust and to improve the experiences of all the people who use University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust’s hospitals in any capacity.

The Charity has provided research, facilities and equipment above and beyond that which is provided as standard by the NHS. Listed below are just some of the things which the Charity has been able to provide:

·         Fisher House – This is for military patients and their families and means that when military patients are being treated at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham, which is home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, their families can stay at Fisher House, built on-site of the QE.

·         CyberKnife – This is a £3.5 million state-of-the-art radiotherapy machine, providing a pioneering, non-invasive alternative to open surgery that is able to treat tumours anywhere in the body.  It enables very high doses of radiation to be targeted directly at the tumour with pinpoint accuracy, without damaging the healthy tissue.

·         A teacher for the Teenage Cancer Trust Young Person’s Unit at the QE.

·         Providing each child receiving radiotherapy at the QE a toy for when they complete their treatment, and each child is also given a special blanket to keep with them during their stay in hospital. The Paediatric Radiotherapy waiting room has also been transformed to become more child-friendly.

·         Research Grants – these are available to staff working at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham to carry out vital investigative research into any field of medicine carried out at the hospitals, which could lead to finding new or more effective treatments for a number of illnesses.

·         Cancer drugs trial – QEHB Charity has launched a £1 million pound appeal, with cancer charity Get-A-Head and the University of Birmingham, to fund a new programme giving cancer patients access to new drugs quicker than anywhere else in the country.

Fundraising

The BTSS will be supporting the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity for the 2016/2017 committee year. Look out for the charity raffle at various BTSS events, as all proceeds go towards the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity as well as fundraising buckets which will be at every event.

We will also be hosting fun charity events throughout the year. If you have any exciting ideas for fundraising events, please feel free to get in touch.

For further information and to enquire about joining the BTSS team, please contact Hannah Eades at crs@btss.co.uk