Giving in memory

In memory giving

There are a number of ways to pay tribute.  You can ask friends and family for donations to The Medway Hospital Charity instead of flowers.  Donations can also go towards a particular ward or service.  Funeral directors can arrange this for you, or you can send donations directly to us.

If you have any questions or would like any support materials, please get in touch with the fundraising team on 01634 825398 or email medwayft.charity@nhs.net

Online tribute funds

A tribute fund allows you to fundraise online for a loved one. It could become a place for family, friends and co-workers to leave messages of sympathy and share their memories. It’s a lasting way to remember someone whilst making a huge difference to our hospital. If you set up a Tribute Fund, please tick the box which allows us to see you page so that we can get in touch.

Leave a legacy

Legacies make a lasting impact and lets your memory live on through your kind gift and will help create a better future for our patients.

Leaving a legacy to The Medway Hospital Charity will benefit patients and staff at Medway NHS Foundation Trust.  They are a great way to support the hospital, no matter how large or small the gift may be.

Please let us know if you've included a gift in your will, so we can share our thanks for your wonderfully kind gesture.  We can also provide you with the relevant wording from the charity for your solicitor.

The Ralph Barrett Legacy

In 2018, The Medway Hospital Charity was delighted to receive just under £1 million from a grateful patient.

Ralph Barrett, a retired BBC engineer, left the hospital this incredible gift in his Will as a thank you for the care that he had received from the Trust.  Mr Barrett, 95, had had a serious motorbike accident during World War Two and underwent 14 operations to save his leg. During the war he had worked for the Special Operations as an engineer, specialising in clandestine radios.  After the war, Mr Barrett worked for the BBC becoming a Senior Engineer. He was heavily involved in the establishment of the Eurovision link and, as a talented musician and singer, performed and sang on stage, often at the Players’ Theatre in London.

Fittingly, the Charity has used £338,000 of this legacy to buy a suite of Orthopaedic simulation equipment to train future surgeons (as it was surgical expertise that saved Mr Barrett’s leg and led to this amazing legacy). The charity has also purchased surgical equipment for theatres, an ultrasound and is installing a new theatre software system.

Please get in touch with the fundraising team on 01634 825398 or email medwayft.charity@nhs.net.

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