West Yorkshire-based cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care donated £10,000 each to seven of Yorkshire’s vital NHS Trusts in December.
The health care cash plan provider has supported the trusts for the last ten years, with its annual hospital and nurse training grants, as well as support for staff recognition initiatives and other projects totalling more than £650,000 over the decade. Last year’s gift is the largest annual donation to-date, made in celebration of the NHS’s 70th birthday.
The beneficiaries were the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust, Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, Airedale NHS Foundation Trust and the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust.
Sovereign Health Care has no shareholders, so any surplus is available to reinvest into the business or donate to good causes, particularly those that help improve health and wellbeing and encourage people to live healthy lifestyles, such as the NHS. As well as its annual grants – which go towards hospital funding and nurse training programmes – Sovereign’s work fundamentally supports the NHS year-round, by helping people be more proactive about their health via its cash plans.
David Melia, director of nursing and quality at Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The trust is so grateful for the donation from Sovereign Health Care again this year. We are always so humbled by the generosity of the organisation and how it thinks of us.
"This year’s donation will continue to develop the education of our staff and an event supporting the nationally-renowned “Hello my name is…” initiative. Patient comfort will continue to be a focus and we are looking at the way in which we can offer extra care to some of the more vulnerable members of our community.”
Sovereign Health Care, which celebrated its 145th birthday in 2018, is one of the UK’s longest established health care cash plan providers. Their Community Programme has donated more than £5.8 million in the last 10 years to support a wide range of charities and projects which benefit communities across West Yorkshire.
Russ Piper, chief executive of Sovereign Health Care, said: “We’re extremely proud of our long history of working collaboratively with the NHS, not only in supporting local hospitals and nurse training, but also in our actual commercial business of providing cash plans.
“Not all treatment provided through the NHS is free, with dental treatment being the obvious example. Our cash plans help individuals meet the cost of everyday health care regardless of how it is accessed, ensuring quality outcomes for all concerned.”
For more information about Sovereign Health Care’s Community Programme, visit www.sovereignhealthcare.co.uk/about/community-programme