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Fundraise for us

Why not get involved and fundraise for us? You can do this your own way by choosing what area of the hospital you wish to support and how you wish to support it. That’s why we attract a wide range of fundraisers – from the usual marathon runners to the slightly more unusual head-shavers.

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Why fundraise for us?

It is only with the generosity of donors and fundraisers that we are able to continue our great work at UCLH. Last year, donations of individuals, grants from companies and legacies totalled £9.5m which was used for charitable purposes at UCLH. Our supporters fundraise for us for different reasons. Some have had good experiences at UCLH and wish to say thanks, and some may believe in a cause that we support, such as a research project.

How to fundraise for us 

What's most important is that you organise an event that you like - whether it's baking cakes, testing your knowledge through a quiz or holding a football match! Please do not hesitate to contact the charity to discuss your idea. Can't think of one? Then download our fundraising pack, which contains a list from A-Z of fundraising ideas, along with tips on best practice. 

If you already know what event you wish to do, you can set up your fundraising account. You'll need to select which part of UCLH you're fundraising for from the drop down list. If you're not sure, click the general University College London Hospital Charity option.

Don't want to do it alone? Then join in with one of our pre-organised UCLH Charity fundraising events

Some fundraisers from last year:

Image shows Colin Bathe, who ran the London Marathon to raise funds for Breathing Matters.
Image shows Colin Bathe, who ran the London Marathon to raise funds for Breathing Matters.

Colin

Three fundraisers who were personally affected by idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) ran the London Marathon for our Breathing Matters fund. Colin Bathe was one of them, having sadly lost four family members to the disease, with a fifth recently diagnosed. “Like most, I hadn’t heard of IPF before, until my mother was diagnosed and later passed away.” Those who suffer with the disease commonly experience scarring of the lung which causes them to struggle to draw breath. “As IPF has a low profile, research into the disease is rarely funded. And that’s what is so great about Breathing Matters, a fund dedicated to this cause at UCLH.”

Mark Masson with his son, Ben. Image ©Daniela Sbrisny
Mark Masson with his son, Ben. Image ©Daniela Sbrisny

Mark

In 2004 Mark Masson was diagnosed with an advanced form of Hodgkin’s disease, and after countless cycles of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and relapses, he had a bone marrow transplant using his own stem cells. When this failed, Mark was given a terminal diagnosis and it was predicted that he had just one year to live. Then Mark received a life-saving bone marrow transplant at UCLH. “Professor Linch gave me a thread of a lifeline when I thought there was no hope, and then UCLH saved my life.” To express this gratitude, this year Mark walked the 80-mile London Capital Ring to raise money for UCLH Charity’s Haematology Cancer Care fund. “I wanted to give something back to UCLH haematology department for saving my life. I did this doing something I enjoy with the added bonus of being joined by my wonderful family and friends along the way.”

Image shows fundraiser, Katy Hall, after shaving her hair to raise funds for UCLH neonatal unit.
Image shows fundraiser, Katy Hall, after shaving her hair to raise funds for UCLH neonatal unit.

Katy

In February 1983, Katy Hall was born at 24 weeks weighing just 1.19 pounds (540g) and was cared for in the UCLH neonatal unit. She suffered from many serious problems including intracranial bleeds and immaturity of the lungs, and her treatment was touch and go, but she survived “due to a combination of luck and excellent care from UCLH nurses and doctors.” To show her gratitude, years later, Katie fundraised for the neonatal unit in a very original way. She shaved her hair. “I wanted to do something different – and I thought, what says dedication more than getting my head shaved; a woman’s hair is part of her identity, and the challenge resulted in me wearing a hat for weeks!”