Local healthcare charities join together to launch Nightingale’s Rainbow Appeal 

FNHC, FNH and NHS launch the Appeal at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Charitable Fund and Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity have teamed up to launch Nightingale’s Rainbow Appeal to raise money for healthcare in Buckinghamshire.

Members of the public are being asked to sponsor Rainbow Tiles on the new Nightingale’s Rainbow structure planned at Stoke Mandeville Hospital in Aylesbury, with the proceeds being shared between the two charities.

With fundraising opportunities limited and an increase in the demand for services and equipment this year, the money raised by Nightingale’s Rainbow Appeal will make an amazing difference for both charities and their patients.

Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Chief Executive, Neil Macdonald said: “We’re delighted to be joining Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity to launch the Nightingale’s Rainbow Appeal. This year has been the one of the hardest in NHS history and the demand on our staff and services has increased dramatically. I’ve seen first-hand the generosity of the local community during the pandemic and I have no doubt that the residents of Buckinghamshire will come together to support this vital appeal.”

“Our fundraising income has been severely impacted this year, and we have now had to close our Shops for a further four weeks in a traditionally busy time of year,“ says Jo Turner, CEO of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity. “We hope that the Buckinghamshire community will pull together and get behind the Nightingale’s Rainbow Appeal to show their support for healthcare in their area and make a real difference to the service we can deliver in future.“

“All of our teams have worked incredibly hard over the past six months in difficult circumstances, having to deliver palliative care from behind a mask, gloves and pinny.  Our FNH@Home team have continued to help patients stay at home in their final days, which at a time when there were visiting restrictions within the hospital, enabled families to be together at the end,” says Liz Monaghan, Palliative and End of Life Care Matron at the Hospice.  “We are always grateful for the support that the community give us to but especially now when there is so much uncertainty.”

Rainbow Tiles can be sponsored for a donation of £20 a tile at fnhospice.org.uk/nightingales-rainbow, where you can also find more information about the Nightingale’s Rainbow project.