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Plymouth Hospitals Charity champions inclusion through dedicated funding

Plymouth Hospitals Charity’s (PHC) successful bid has enhanced the working lives of many at University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP).


Evidence shows that to provide patients with the best possible care, we must also ensure that our people get the best experience of work. Throughout 2020, UHP launched 5 staff networks with the goal to invest in the wellbeing of colleagues who identify with protected characteristics (gender, sexual orientation, ethnicity, religion and disability) and to give them a voice that is heard.  We know that people in our communities and our workplaces who identify with protected characteristics face more issues in the workplace including harassment, bullying or abuse, discrimination and barriers to career progression.  UHP want to ensure everyone has a real sense of belonging that enhances working relationships and encourages everyone to feel they do not need to hide who they are and bring their whole selves to work. PHC were able to secure funds to support the launch and growth of these 5 groups. During this time where supporting others was bumped to the forefront of our minds, these networks have become, confidential spaces for colleagues to discuss matters important to them at the same time as working with UHP to make our hospital inclusive for patients and colleagues who identify with protected characteristics.

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Successful annual ball raises thousands for NICU

This years Keep Me Close Appeal annual ball has raised a staggering £7230.60 for Plymouth Hospitals Charity. Coordinated by dedicated fundraiser Tracey Stacey, this glamourous yearly event drew over 200 guests including families, health care staff and local businesses. Guests made the event a huge success by taking part in the evening’s entertainment and donating along the way.

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Save your seat on this year’s Santa Slide!

Do you fancy a real adrenaline rush whilst being able to raise money for Plymouth Hospitals Charity?


This year’s Santa zip wire is taking place at The Eden Project on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 December 2022 and we’re raising funds for the Children’s Wards at University Hospital Plymouth. The money that you will raise will go towards enhancing the lives of these patients and their visitors during their challenging hospital stays and making sure that they have as positive experience as possible.

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Plymouth Hospitals Charity helps deliver the Magic Drops breastfeeding initiative at University Hospitals Plymouth

University Hospitals Plymouth’s Maternity Service has developed a kit to support mothers and breastfeeding parents. The kits encourage mothers to collect colostrum – the Magic Drops – the first type of breastmilk which is full of nutrients and high in antibodies and antioxidants that help build a new born baby’s immune system. The charity provided a grant to help bring the kit to parents in attractive cotton bags

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Celebration of special fundraiser Jill Oxley in the form of a dedicated award

Jill Oxley is an exceptional fundraiser and is well known amongst the hospital’s Adult Cystic Fibrosis team at University Hospitals Plymouth (UHP). Back in 2012, Jill sadly lost her son Jon-Paul, age 21 to Cystic Fibrosis (CF). To honour his memory and the care that he received, Jill set up the Jon Paul Oxley Memorial Fund, and has worked tirelessly since 2014, raising over £6,000.

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