About Your Trust Charity

Thank you for your interest in Your Trust Charity – the registered charity of Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust incorporating not only our hospital sites at City, Rowley Regis, Sandwell and  the forthcoming Midland Metropolitan University Hospital but our GP sites and partners.  Below you can find a variety of information relevant to our charity, our goals, how we meet them and a little bit more about us.

Our Mission

Your Trust Charity has the following mission:

 “To enhance the experience of all people using our services including staff, patients and their families. We will do this by providing additional facilities and supporting innovative projects that create a comfortable and secure environment.”

Fundraising

Your Trust Charity has responded with undoubted determination to help our community of 530,000 patients and 7,000 staff during the COVID-19 crisis. We are extremely grateful to the overwhelming support we have received from our donors, supporters and colleagues during this extremely challenging time. The work of Your Trust Charity is more important than ever, as we begin to come to terms with the impact this pandemic has upon our society.

Below you can find out some of the ways we, the staff at SWB and those in the community have raised money. You can let us know about your ideas for fundraising here.

The Doctor Dances

In November, Dr Nick Makwana, Group Director of Women and Child Health completed a dance-a-thon. Coinciding with Children in Need it was his way of doing something fun – all in the name of charity. He said to his co-workers ‘I wanna dance with somebody’ and invited others to hit the dance floor with him too.

Situated in the main reception of Sandwell Hospital staff, patients and visitors could hear the tunes blasting all around. Dancing to a selection of favourites he could be seen doing the cha-cha slide, having fun with Gangnam Style and doing the Los Del Rio classic (otherwise known as the macarena).

Dr Nick Makwana and Amanda Winwood at the dance-a-thon, which raised over £7,000 for Your Trust Charity, Children in Need and Encephalitis Society

Raising funds for Your Trust Charity, Encephalitis Society and Children In Need, Dr Makwana danced his socks off from 7am – 7pm. He boogied on down performing non-stop for 12 hours. He was joined by staff from the Trust throughout the day including children from Sandwell Day Nursery. Pudsey even made an appearance too!

Dr Makwana said: “These three charities are very important. Your Trust Charity has been making a huge difference to the lives of patients and staff locally which I wanted to support. I am also a professional panel member of the encephalitis society and I have seen first-hand the great work they do in raising awareness and supporting families affected by this devastating disease. And of course, it is Children In Need day so it’s a great way to recognise the work they do.” Raising over £7,000, Dr Makwana had the full support of the Trust behind him.

Sally continues to spread sunshine to cancer patients

In 2019 we gave a special mention to our patient Sally Gutteridge, who created ‘Sally’s Sunshine Packs’, funded by the money she has raised through various events. The packs feature a number of different items chosen partly from Sally’s experience of undergoing chemotherapy, to help patients through their own cancer journey. They include comfort items such as sweets, hand cream and tissues, as well as puzzle books and a patient journal.

Sally Gutteridge with her Sunshine Packs

Sally’s bravery and selfless effort was recently recognised with a Star Award for Fundraiser of the Year by our organisation. She was also acknowledged throughout the region after she was presented with a trophy for Fundraiser of the Year by Coronation Street actor Nick Miles and legendary footballer Steve Bull at the 2019 Pride of Birmingham awards, which is organised by the Birmingham Mail.

In September, a group of 33 keen cyclists from our Trust set off on their annual cycle challenge. The team were as enthusiastic as ever and this year they were raising funds for Sally’s Sunshine Packs.

Having set themselves a fundraising target of £2,000 they went on to smash it, raised just over £4,000. This money is being put to good use in and around our workplace, all thanks to Sally’s vision to spread a little happiness with her sunshine packs.

Vicki Evans, Chemotherapy Sister commented: “In my role, I have to share the clinical information and being able to give out one of these packs makes such a big difference. Patients like that someone has taken the time to think of them. It’s a thoughtful gesture that is always well received.”

Dinah's dash for cash in ultramarathon

Trust Chief Finance Officer Dinah McLannahan is not averse to a challenge and every step of the 55km she ran stands in testament to her tenacity. Starting at the Woolwich tunnel in East London, Dinah joined some of the fittest runners in England to take on one of the toughest challenges.

Dinah completed an arduous 15 week training programme in preparation for her biggest challenge yet. Almost two years to the day after arriving at the Trust, Dinah joined 280 runners in London and began her epic endeavour. Wearing a jersey emblazoned with the Trust’s logo (and her “I’ve had the flu jab sticker”), Dinah ran the distance in an impressive 8 hours 13 minutes. She raised over £1,200 in sponsorship!

Having travelled through nine boroughs, Dinah concluded in Richmond. Recalling her ultramarathon she said, “The last 12 miles were hard, but the first 24 were surprisingly ok! It was one of the best things I have ever done. There were some brilliant views and the course was never boring. Although I spent most of the training period feeling terrified about the event, sticking to a training plan helped. I’m so proud and happy to have raised such a good amount for the charity. I skipped across the finish line, I was so delighted to finish. Only three bruised toenails too, so I’m glad it’s not summertime and I can cover them up!”

Our Priorities

We exist to achieve the following four priorities:

1) Infrastructure

  • Improving the Trust’s environment and making the capital improvements to facilities
  • Supporting integrated care across the estate of SWB and allied providers
Casia2

A grant received from the Roper-Hall Eye Foundation to purchase the Casia2 scanner. This is a state-of-the-art research machine which has the ability to provide novel insights into eye conditions such as glaucoma. The machine, housed in the Academic Unit of Ophthalmology, is supporting the unit’s pioneering research work where the Trust is the lead site for clinical trials.

2) Education

  • Supporting the educational development of clinical and non-clinical staff
  • Aims to secure the long term future of health and social care in Sandwell and West Birmingham
  • To support education within the local community
Aiding Cardiology

An advanced electrocardiogram (ECG) course for six members of our cardiology diagnostics team. The course helped them to analyse ambulatory monitor recordings, which will help to reduce waiting times and improve patient outcomes and experience.

3) Innovation

  • Help the Trust to be a leader of innovation, pump priming activities, running pilots and testing out new ideas and technologies for care that enhances outcomes for local people
Blood cancer research

Our Innovation priority area continues to support our ground-breaking partnership into blood cancer research with the University of Birmingham. We have designed an immunotherapy programme to help our patients from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, who almost exclusively present with leukaemia affecting the T-cell. Thanks to legacies we have received and the ongoing support of the Michael Marsh Charitable Trust, a technician has been employed for 2 years, based at the University, to collect and analyse blood samples from our patients. We look to continue this programme, which offers new hope to our patients affected in the future, as well as those in the West Midlands and around the world.

4) Community resilience

  • Support communities to improve their health outcomes, enabling them to provide outstanding, compassionate care independent of statutory providers

You can find out more about the various projects the charity has been involved in Our Impact.

Legal Duties

Non-Executive members of the Trust Board are appointed by the NHS Trust Development Agency (now NHS Improvement) and Executive members of the Board are subject to recruitment by the NHS Trust Board. Members of the Trust Board and the Charitable Funds Committee are not individual trustees under Charity Law but act as agents on behalf of the Corporate Trustee.

Further details

Acting for the Corporate Trustee, the Charitable Funds Committee is responsible for the overall management of the charitable funds. As defined in the updated Charitable Funds Policy, the duties of the Committee are to:

  • Act in the best interests of the Charity
  • Manage the Charity’s resources responsibly, which includes protecting and safeguarding its reputation
  • Act with reasonable care and skill

The Committee is authorised by the Trust Board to:

  • To investigate any activity within its Terms of Reference. It is authorised to seek any information it requires from any employee and all employees are directed to co-operate with any request made by the Committee.
  • To instruct professional advisors and request the attendance of individuals and authorities from outside of the Trust with relevant experience and expertise if it considers this necessary or expedient to carrying out its functions.
  • To obtain such internal information as is necessary and expedient to the fulfilment of its functions.
  • Trustees are legally responsible for the Charity’s fundraising. Operating effective control over the Charity’s fundraising is a vital part of their compliance with legal duties as outlined in the commission guidance on the Trustee duties set out in ‘’the essential Trustee: what you need to know, what you need to do ‘’(CC3).

The Trustees have the right to:

  • Prevent the withdrawal of funds, which do not meet the conditions set out in these guidelines.
  • Authorise expenditure from a fund if the Trustees believe this to be an appropriate use of resources.
  • Cease to delegate their authority to a Fund Ambassador if they believe that the regulations in this document are not fulfilled. In this case they may appoint an alternative manager or take control of the fund themselves.
  • Amend these Guidelines as and when necessary. Amendments will be communicated to all Fund Managers.
  • Authorise investigation of a breach of this policy that may result in the matter being treated as a disciplinary offence under the Trust’s disciplinary procedure.

The accounting records and the day-to-day administration of charitable funds are dealt with by the NHS Trust Finance Department which is located in Trinity House on the Sandwell General Hospital Site, Lyndon, West Bromwich, B71 4HJ. The NHS Trust levies a charge for providing this service which is reviewed on an annual basis.