Neighbours to the whole Nation

We support communities across the UK by improving access to healthcare. We do this through charitable giving and colleague volunteering.

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National charities

If you are a national charity that would like to approach Simplyhealth for funding, please take a look at the criteria on our applying for funding page.

Local giving

If you are a local community group or charity close to our Andover office, take a look at the criteria that we apply when assessing local community projects.

Colleague volunteering scheme

Simplyhealth colleague taking part in running race

Supporting local causes

All our employees are encouraged to support local causes. They can volunteer up to three working days per person, per year. We're lucky to have a wide spectrum of talent across our business. What better way to share it than to support a healthy local cause?

 

So far in 2021 we have raised funds for Winchester Go LD; our colleagues were encouraged to get active during the Olympic Games and raised funds totalling £1,165 which will support their fitness classes. 

Wetlands Trust charity

Mental Health Awareness Week 2021

As part of our partnership with the Mental Health Foundation (MHF) we gave our colleagues a challenge to connect with nature in as many ways as possible. Colleagues shared over 548 posts on our private social media channel and raised £2740 for the MHF.

NHS vaccine support staff volunteer

Vaccine volunteering

We're proud to say that two members of our staff have supported their local vaccination programmes.

 

"During my first shift at the Southampton vaccination centre, we vaccinated over 700 people in one shift! It felt amazing and I was in awe of just what a fantastic job our NHS and St John Ambulance have done!" - Jason Catlin-Holmes

 

“We recruited 110 volunteers, who have assisted with vaccinating over 10,000 people - and the numbers are still climbing. It's an absolute privilege to be part of this team of everyday heroes.” - Mairead Whiting

Supporting our local community

I Can Therapy Centre in Andover

I Can Therapy Centre

We have helped to secure the future of the I Can Therapy Centre by donating the final funding instalment of £70,000. A total of £130,000 has been donated, over three years, by Simplyhealth to independent charity Valley Leisure who run the I Can Therapy Centre based in the heart of Andover town centre.

Trinity Dentaid in Winchester

    Trinity Winchester

People who are homeless are usually unable to register with a dentist. Poor physical health is a driver of tooth decay, which in turn can cause mental ill-health through loss of self-confidence.

Over the next year Trinity are, with our donation, able hold 12 monthly surgeries, reaching 80 individuals in need, and providing 300+ treatments through Dentaid mobile dental units.

Winchester Go LD

Winchester Go LD

Winchester Go LD is a small local charity supporting adults with learning disabilities and their families, they currently have 146 members. On 21st October 2021 they will hold their 9th Paralympic Personal Best Event, providing an inclusive and physically active sports day introducing new skills, encouraging teamwork and friendships.

National giving

Down's Syndrome Association

Supporting Down's Syndrome Association's mental health project

 

Mental health is a ‘ticking time bomb’, which is affecting not just people of all ages who have Down’s syndrome, but also their families and carers. The increased levels of anxiety and stress amongst people who have Down’s syndrome, their families and carers is clearly shown by the rise in demand for the charity’s services including the helpline, which has seen a 50% increase during the pandemic with callers reporting high levels of anxiety and depression.

 

Our funding is helping to support the work of an Information Officer and a Learning Disability Nurse to continue creating resources in co-production with people who have Down’s syndrome along with supporting those with Down's syndrome through the helpline and online sessions.

Royal Marsden Hospital building

Supporting The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity

 

The donation from Simplyhealth will support the THRIVE project, an innovative Royal Marsden initiative in collaboration with The Exercise Clinic®, a company that works with clinicians to provide cancer patients with personalised exercise programmes. 

 

Designed to address the unmet physical needs of prostate cancer patients, THRIVE is a multi-team, cross discipline project which goes above and beyond the standard of care for patients. The project offers a triage by a physiotherapist or doctor, a consultation with a clinical exercise specialist, group exercise sessions, a personalised care plan and access to The Exercise Clinic’s app and its exercise monitoring and support platform. To ensure patient safety during the Covid-19 pandemic, the project has been successfully delivered virtually to patients.  

Physiotherapist with toddler on exercise ball

Funding a senior physiotherapist at Brainwave

 

Our donation to Brainwave, a charity with its headquarters in Somerset, has funded a senior physiotherapist which will enable more children with disabilities across the UK to gain greater independence.

 

Simplyhealth has supported the charity for more than twenty years and their therapies make a long-term difference to children’s lives, by helping families to better manage their child’s condition at home.

 

This donation has funded the annual salary of a senior physiotherapist and sponsored five children to follow the Brainwave programme for a year, and comes at a much-needed time.

Young wheelchair user outside in a garden

Helping young wheelchair users with valuable equipment

 

Whizz-Kidz is the UK’s leading charity for young wheelchair users. The charity empowers young wheelchair users by providing the wheelchair equipment, support and confidence-building experiences they need, while also campaigning for a more inclusive society.

 

Besides supporting with equipment, Whizz-Kidz also supports young people’s families and offers a range of activity programmes, wheelchair skills training and employability programmes to support young people under 18 to become confident and supporting their journey to being independent young adults.

 

This donation will allow (approximately) 15 young people to experience the life-changing impact that having the right wheelchair brings, empowering them to enjoy fun, freedom and independence.

Rob Thorne - beneficiary of Crohn's and Colitis UK charity

Supporting Crohn's and Colitis UK's patient information programme

 

We have recently donated to Crohn's & Colitis UK to ensure their patient information programme develops and grows to meet the urgent, growing demands of the IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) community, to help patients lead their best life and manage their long-term condition.

 

Crohn’s disease and colitis (the main forms of IBD) are lifelong conditions that affect the gut, and are painful, debilitating and widely misunderstood. There is no known cure, and IBD can affect almost every part of the body and every aspect of life: from digestion and joints to energy levels and mental health. Over 500,000 people in the UK are living with a lifelong disease that many people have never heard of.

 

Through this investment we'll be able to help Crohn's & Colitis UK reach out to communities where health literacy is low and information provision is limited, helping to improve access to healthcare for all.