About us

About Us

From giving grants for pioneering research to brightening wards with stunning works of art, Imperial College Healthcare Charity is passionate about improving patient care and supporting staff development at the Trust’s five hospitals.

What we do

We are an independent charity raising funds for projects, research, equipment and training at Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and The Western Eye hospitals. We’ve awarded more than £12million to 300 healthcare projects to date, and in the autumn of 2015 committed a further £20million to the hospitals of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust over the next three years for a series of major projects.

We are currently raising money for our £2million More Smiles Appeal for the expansion of the children’s intensive care unit at St Mary’s Hospital, and are also investing in major projects at the Trust to help transform healthcare and improve patient experience, including providing £7.2million to support the redesign of key outpatient areas and services.

Every year, we award about £1million to projects led by Trust and Imperial College staff. Previous projects have helped high-risk victims of domestic violence in A&E, revolutionised the way cancer patients take control of their care, and helped countless patients going through financial hardship as a result of illness.

We also use art as a means to engage with patients and staff through our amazing collection of 1,600 artworks, which play a crucial part in creating a warmer, more welcoming environment for all. Work includes the striking Bridget Riley murals on the 9th and 10th floors of the QEQM Building at St Mary’s Hospital, unique Julian Opie artworks in the Lindo Wing at St Mary’s and a David Mach wall sculpture in the riverside entrance to Charing Cross Hospital.

All this work is only possible because of people like you.

Whether you’re a patient who wants to thank your hospital for your treatment, a member of Trust staff who wants to fundraise for your department or a business, school or member of the public who wants to support your local hospital, there are so many ways you can get involved and we’re here to help.

A brief history

The charity was formed in April 2009 from the merger of the Charitable Fund for Charing Cross, Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte's Hospitals and St Mary's Paddington Charitable Trust. The merger came after the creation of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust in October 2007, which merged St Mary’s NHS Trust (St Mary’s and Western Eye hospitals) and Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust (Charing Cross, Hammersmith and Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea hospitals), and integrated with the Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College London. The Trust, now one of the largest in the country, partnered with the College to establish one of the UK’s first academic health science centres (AHSCs), which aims to translate breakthroughs in medical research directly to the patient.

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