Endowment Fund - Fife Health Board
(Scottish Charity No SC011988)
What is the NHS Fife Endowment Fund?
NHS Fife Endowment Fund is a charity recognised by the Inland Revenue and the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.
All donations received are held in trust within the Endowment Fund and are used to fund a range of items and activities that benefit the patients, carers and staff of NHS Fife.
The purpose of the Board’s Endowment Funds is the advancement of health through:
- improvement in the physical and mental health of the local population:
- the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of illness;
- the provision of services and facilities in connection to the above;
- Research into any matters relating to the causation, prevention, diagnosis or treatment of illness.
The Endowment Fund is in addition to, and separate from, the money used by NHS Fife to provide day-to-day, core health services.
You can support the NHS Fife Endowment Fund by the following methods:
- direct donation
- leaving a legacy or bequest in your will.
You can specify exactly how you wish your donation to be used. For example:
- research purposes
- to purchase equipment for a hospital
- to benefit a particular ward or department or hospital.
How our funds are allocated
Endowment Funds in the NHS were established in 1949 and in the last five years, the Fife Health Board Endowment Fund has spent over £4 million on its charitable objective, the advancement of healthcare in the Fife area.
Recent examples of how our endowment fund has made a difference to Fife patients and staff include:
NHS Fife Art Collection – Power of pictures
NHS Fife owns a wide range of art gifted and purchased over a number of years. A small purchase budget was developed with support from NHS Fife endowment funds and the collection now contains over 600 framed works of art. The works of art are curated by Art in Healthcare a national charity with a mission to use visual art to improve health and wellbeing, by putting the person at the centre of their own health and wellbeing, humanising healthcare environments and the positive health and wellbeing impact of the visual arts.
NHS Fife bereavement group supports the delivery of safe, effective and person-centred care which is provided, before, at and after death. In support of the groups work, the Endowment Fund funded the purchase of bereavement bags and pouches. The bereavement bag is used to return belongings to relatives/carers/friends after a death in hospital. The concept was developed to provide a sympathetic and respectful experience of bereavement. The bagis designed to maintain a sense of solemnity and be a recognisable symbol around the hospital so staff and public can show sympathy and understanding towards those experiencing bereavement.
Premature baby simulator
The neonatal team at the Victoria Hospital in Kirkcaldy became the first in the UK to take delivery of a newly developed advanced preterm baby simulator.
Just over 3,200 babies were born in Fife in 2018, with less than 200 babies were born prematurely (before 37 weeks gestation). Only 7 were born at less than 28 weeks and thanks to our highly-skilled neonatal clinicians, the survival rate for infants born at this gestation is now around 90%. It is important, however, that these specialist staff are able to maintain the skills necessary to provide the complex and intensive care such infants require.
Staff in the Neonatal Unit at the Victoria Hospital were given a sizable donation from the Endowment Fund to purchase of a highly realistic preterm baby simulator to support staff to maintain the skills to necessary to provide high quality care.
Endobronchial ultrasound equipment
Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) is a minimally invasive but highly effective procedure used to diagnose lung cancer, infections, and other diseases causing enlarged lymph nodes in thechest.The Endowment Fund was used to set up Endobronchial ultrasound service in Fife as previously patients were required to travel to other Health Boards for this service.
Hospice Community Garden
A Community project to transform an unused courtyard area at Queen Margaret Hospital into a dedicated garden for hospice patients received a significant funding boost from NHS Fife Endowment Funds and opened last year.
Who can make a donation?
NHS Fife can accept and hold within their Endowment Fund donations from individuals, clubs & societies, work groups, companies, or any other organisation.
How will my donation be used?
If you do not specify the purpose of your donation it will be added to the General Endowment Fund for the benefit of all patients, carers and staff of NHS Fife. Alternatively you can specify exactly how you wish the donation to be used as mentioned above.
Over the years, patients have benefited from the purchase of equipment and additional amenities, which were only made possible due to public generosity.
How do I donate?
- By Cheque – please make cheques payable to NHS Fife Endowment Fund
- By Cash – please do not send cash through the post. Please pass your donation to the Site Cashier - each donation will be formally recorded and the donor will receive of copy of the official Charitable Donation Form.
JustGiving is a platform for online giving which makes it easy for anyone to set up a fundraising page for a Registered Charity (including NHS Fife Endowment Fund) although we ask individuals to approach us before setting up any fundraising projects.
We encourage gift aid. Gift Aid is a scheme that allows charities to reclaim tax on a donation made by a UK taxpayer.
If you are a taxpayer, the NHS Fife Endowment Fund may reclaim tax on your donation if you complete a Gift Aid Declaration Form. These are available from the Cashiers at any of the Hospital sites at which a donation is being accepted
Drop us a note
If you would like to make a donation and would like to discuss your donation please e-mail Ian Penman, Endowment Manager (firstname.lastname@example.org) with your enquiry and someone will contact you as soon as possible.