Annual Report 2022-2023

A message from our Charity Manager

Jodie Hearnshaw

Wow, what a year! We say this in every annual report, almost certain that things will never top it. Yet, here we are again saying it’s been our best year yet. We can only imagine what next year will bring!

Throughout each year since our relaunch in 2020 we have been astounded, humbled and at times rendered speechless by the stories we hear, the people we see and the money being raised to support our organisation. People raising money in memory of the loved ones they have lost, people saying thank you, taking part in weird and wonderful challenges and of course our young ones stepping up at school to take part in competitions and awareness days. Wherever you fit into the above, if you are a bystander watching our journey from afar, a regular donor or you are planning your future support please know that we see you and together we are saying a huge thank you.

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It is the first time you have heard from me personally in one of our annual reports so I
wanted to take the opportunity to introduce myself properly. I have worked at Airedale for over 20 years in various roles and am extremely proud to now lead the AHCC team. Following the relaunch, the team started out with just me and a vision and goal to help the Airedale community. As a local resident and someone who cares for Airedale deeply I was determined that our community and our wonderful people should be at the heart of every little thing we do at AHCC. Working with you, for you.

Little could I have imagined the incredible growth that we have seen in such a short space of time. This year, with the help of NHS Charities Together, we welcomed our third team member, Laura, who has taken on the role of community fundraiser. She is the one you will see when you see our famous pink and orange branding popping up in your local supermarket or at community events. Please make sure you say hello when you see her out and about.

Over the last few years we have raised more money than ever before but we’ve also spent
more, investing in more projects, more equipment and better facilities which has ultimately helped even more people. This year, for the first time since our relaunch we have been able to give back nearly half a million pounds to Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. This is an incredible amount of money and it is because of you all.

It’s true to say that there is still a lot more to come. Like everyone, we are super excited to be getting a brand new home in the not too distant future. This news might have left you wondering why we need to carry on raising funds and what the purpose of our Charity will be once we have our new hospital. Simply put, we keep going. We don’t stop. Our mission to enhance patient care and employee wellbeing at Airedale NHS Foundation Trust will continue for as long as there is a need.

As a team we remain committed to supporting our local community and the staff that  care for them when they need it most. We will continue to provide the added extras, the nice-to-have items that are over and above NHS provision because these are the little things that make a huge difference.

Our next mission, and one we are already planning, will be supporting Airedale to make the new hospital the best it can possibly be as well as continuing to support the amazing projects and colleagues we work with across our organisation every single day.

Thank you to each and every person that has helped us this year: no matter how big or small your help makes it all worthwhile. I hope you enjoy reading about our year.

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Year overview










Gifts in kind








Patient welfare


Staff welfare


Staff training


Medical & IT equipment


Ward environment


Gifts in Kind (distributed)

Funds not spent in year are retained for future use.

What a wonderful year


We had a little help in April when we were invited to visit Keighley Cougars for their first home game of the season. Local scouts from Oakworth had a fabulous time helping with the bucket collection to raise funds for their local hospital.

April also saw the Airedale chaplaincy team came together to raise over £100 for the critical
care appeal during Ramadan celebrations.

Airedale teams once again took to the water to take part in the Skipton Rotary Dragon
Boat race. Teams from Airedale’s outpatients department and the Covid vaccination centre
rowed their socks off to raise money for their colleagues’ and patients’ wellbeing.

It was power tools at the ready in June when work started on our biggest project to date: the refurbishment of our haematology & oncology day unit.

The first of our two ChargeBoxes arrived onsite ready to keep our patients and visitors charged up and in touch with their loved ones.

On your marks, get set, go! Runners sprinted to action in the Leeds 10k including Airedale team member Tom and his partner Jenni who did an amazing job representing AHCC.

The nation raised their teacups to celebrate the anniversary of our wonderful NHS in July. People across the length and breadth of the Airedale community held bake sales and tea parties.

The sun was shining for a wonderful day at Malham Show. Set against a stunning back drop the team were able to chat to local residents, visitors and exhibitors as well as showcasing some of our projects and work.

Regular supporters, Sutton Cricket Club, held their annual cricket match raising an incredible £500 for the children’s unit at Airedale.

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Gerry and Tony from Airedale’s own IT team set off on another long walk to raise money
AHCC. Walking the 29 miles from Leeds to Skipton this was their biggest challenge yet.
Together they raised nearly £500 and are already planning the next one!

Funding from Arnold Clark meant we were able to take our paediatric diabetes patients on their annual activity day again in 2022. The day was the second of its kind funded by AHCC. More than 20 children attended along with their parents and members of the paediatric diabetes team at Airedale. The group took part in lots of physical activities at High Adventure Outdoor Centre, showing that their condition does not stop them from doing the things others do. Read more about this further on!

We worked with friends in November at our first winter market at Airedale, hosted in collaboration with the Friends of Airedale. The event saw nearly 40 local businesses showcasing their products and a visit by the rock choir singing some of their favourite hits.

The event raised over £1,000 and will return in 2023.

Airedale’s Nightingales Day Nursery led the way for fundraising at Christmas with their fabulous Fayre. Supported by the children, their parents, staff and other family members the day raised nearly £700.

AHCCs Christmas Gift Appeal took off again this year. Supported from every corner of our local community, every patient in hospital on Christmas day was able to unwrap a gift. Gifts came from local schools, members of staff and local residents.


We kicked off January welcoming a new partnership with Ben Rhydding Golf Club.

Andy Williams chose AHCC as his charity during his captaincy in 2023. Andy said:

“I chose Airedale Hospital and Community Charity as supporting a local charity is important to me. I’m really pleased to be doing this for a good local cause. Everyone at the club has been involved with Airedale hospital in one way or another: children have been born and people have been treated here over the years.”

To celebrate the month of love we launched our ‘show your love for Airedale’ campaign.
The campaign on our social media encouraged people to spread their love across the Airedale community, including supporting causes close to their hearts.

As well as taking our Airedale AOK campaign to the road for World Book Day we surprised colleagues in March with a random acts of kindness afternoon. Our team delivered treats in secret, leaving them on desks, by doors and in staff rooms, all to give our colleagues a  boost.

Team Airedale

James Bush and his daughter Isabelle presenting cheque to Airedale CEO Foluke and Airedale HODU matron Nicola Denbow

James Bush

James Bush, from Ilkley, raised a staggering £30,000 for the Haematology and Oncology Day Unit (HODU) at Airedale Hospital, in memory of his father George Bush. On Friday 8 July, James held a clay pigeon shooting event at Denton Hall in Ilkley. 250 people from across the country attended the event and 31 teams competed in the clay pigeon shoot. “The initial idea was to raise funds for HODU to generate enough money to provide chairs and equipment to improve the time that patients and their companions spent on the unit. This was all as a result of my father, George, receiving treatment on the unit for the best part of five years. The staff really made the treatment sessions more bearable, particularly with their light-hearted approach and demeanour: something that my father always commented on. I still can’t believe the support we received for the event and would like to thank everyone involved, including those who took part and competed, those who donated and supported us at distance, as well as volunteers, and family and friends that helped me deliver the most fantastic day.” Once James and his family learned that HODU was having a complete refit, their goal was to try and raise 10% of the refit cost, which would have been about £17.5k. This goal was well and truly surpassed. Thank you, James, and everyone involved in such an incredible achievement.

Photographed: Nicola Wheeler (L) and Ciara Walsh from Airedale Hospital and Community Charity (R) with branded Airedale Charity HODU cheque

Nicola Wheeler

After Nicola’s friend and colleague was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Nicola felt completely hopeless and so decided to do something for charity. Nicola decided to shave her head along with wild swimming every day in April when the water temperature was between just 8 and 15 degrees. After her friend’s experience they decided to support AHCC’s HODU fund and in August 2022 Nicola presented a cheque totalling over an amazing £4,700. We are delighted to say that Nicola’s support hasn’t ended with many more events and gatherings taking place. Thank you for your unwavering support Nicola and friends.

Asam and his wife handing over a cheque to Airedale Hospital representatives

Asam Iqbal

Asam raised an incredible £3,989 for ward 5 by undertaking an Everest Triathlon Challenge. Asam received treatment on the ward following a long stay on the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and diagnosis of Guillain-Barré syndrome. Asam was admitted to Airedale Hospital on 5 February 2022 and spent over five months on ICU. His condition slowly improved and eventually he was stable enough to breathe for himself. With help he regained ability to swallow and use his voice and moved to ward 5 where he began his rehabilitation journey.
Asam begun his Everest Triathlon Challenge on 17 October, and it was supposed to last for a month however he managed to complete it in just over two weeks. The challenge was to wheel his wheelchair, walk in the hydrotherapy pool, and cycle in his wheelchair with specialist pedals, travelling the equivalent distance from Mount Everest Base Camp to its summit (approximately 20.5km).

Barbara and Russ from Sovereign Health Care handing over presents to Amanda, Chief Nurse at Airedale Hospital

Sovereign Healthcare

Sovereign Healthcare generously made their annual donation of £8,000 for equipment and training purposes across Airedale NHS Foundation Trust. As well as donating funds, representatives from Sovereign Healthcare donated lots of play items and toys for our children’s services to enjoy at Christmas.

Photo of two women and a man holding up a blue frame with text on it that says: "Co-op: Supporting local communities." Also holding up a large cheque to Airedale Hospital and Community Charity for £8691.22

Co-op Community Fund

We joined forces with the Co-op from October 2022.
As a chosen charity for the Co-op community fund we are proud that members have chosen to support our efforts to fund furniture, equipment and plants to help us to continue to improve both indoor and
outdoor wellbeing spaces for our patients, families, staff and the local community.

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M & S Ilkley

With the help of their staff and customers M&S Ilkley raised nearly £1500 in 2022 for AHCC’s HODU fund. They were inspired to choose this special cause after their former colleague received great care and support during her time of need. By positioning collection tins at the end of till points customers have been donating any spare change they might have left over from their shopping. We are honoured that M&S Ilkley have decided to continue their support into the next year, helping us raise funds for the Haematology & Oncology Day Unit.

How we showed our love for Airedale

Haematology & Oncology Day Unit

One of our biggest achievements of the year was the incredible refurbishment of the Haematology & Oncology Day Unit (HODU). The £175k refurbishment saw huge changes including an additional treatment room, upgraded technology in all areas, and 12 pressure-relieving treatment chairs which ensure maximum comfort for patients receiving chemotherapy.
The rooms have all been decorated with a calm and bright feel to create the best possible
environment for those having treatment as well as wall graphics and local images  featuring in all areas. Patients were key in deciding what the new unit would look like including the colour schemes, style of furniture and mural choices.
The refurbishment was made possible by the donations received from the local  community and a donation from The Friends of Airedale charity.
The new unit has been open to patients since October and was officially opened at a
celebration event on Friday 4 November organised by Airedale Hospital & Community
Charity. Donors and their families, staff and executives from the Trust, and other members of the local community were invited to attend.
Yorkshire CCC cricketer George Hill, who was born at Airedale Hospital, cut the ribbon at the event.


We have seen some incredible results from the ChargeBoxes that we proudly funded  through a grant from NHS Charities Together.
The units provide 30 minutes of free, fast charging for all mobile devices and can be used
by patients, visitors, and staff at Airedale Hospital.
One box has been installed in the hospital’s main entrance, which is a central location for the wards, and the other is located in the Emergency Department (ED) where people may spend lengthy amounts of time waiting. The charity team worked with the Trust’s estates team, AGH Solutions, on the project. The charging units provide fast charging and are easy for people to use: you simply open an available locker, plug your device into the correct charging cable, lock the door, and leave your device to charge for 30 minutes.
We recognised the need to keep patients, visitors, and staff connected with loved ones. Unplanned visits to the ED are stressful, so being able to keep phones charged really helps to alleviate the anxiety caused by low batteries. Our aim was to improve experiences for patients and help people stay connected with family and friends in a time
of need.
The charging stations make such a difference to people who are at the hospital for longer than planned, or who left home in a rush without a charged phone. In the first few days that the ChargeBox in the Emergency Department was up and running, it was used over 100 times which immediately showed us that it is making an impact on people coming to the ED. This initiative is also raising morale within our workforce as Airedale colleagues who need to charge their devices while they’re working can now do so safely and securely. The most recent statistics show that in the first year of the ChargeBoxes being in place they were used over 15,000 times.
An incredible asset for the Airedale community.

Support at the end of lives

Throughout the year we have worked with the Trust’s palliative care team on several projects for patients receiving end of life care and their families.
Donations have enabled us to fund recliner chair beds so that families can stay at their loved one’s bedside. Toiletry bags filled with essentials have made a real difference as well as bereavement boxes filled with items to support children going
through the loss of a parent.
We also supported the team to roll out a scheme across every ward at Airedale to support the needs of families of patients coming to the end of their lives. Comfort trolleys are a simple idea that are making a huge impact. Each trolley is equipped with hot drink making facilities, a radio/CD player, flowers, snacks, hygiene items, candles and much more. The trolleys are wheeled into the patient’s room meaning family members can stay close whilst caring for their own needs at such a difficult time.
This simple idea has brought comfort and support to hundreds of people that have used the facilities.
Nichola Tullett, who leads the Palliative Care team at Airedale explains,  “Understandably, families want to spend as much time as they can with their loved ones towards the end of their lives, and it is really important that they feel they are able to do so. We want to do everything possible to support families at this very emotional time and
the comfort trolleys allow staff to not only support their emotional needs, but their physical needs as well.”

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Vein viewer

With the help of Skipton Rotary Club we were delighted to fund a second AccuVein device for our Paediatric teams.
AccuVeins are small devices that are used to easily find veins in children who need a
blood test or similar procedure. The vein viewer shines a bright green light and makes the veins stand out, helping clinicians to accurately find veins that are otherwise difficult to see. This new technology makes procedures much easier for both patients and clinicians.
This is the second device of its kind funded by AHCC, meaning more children can benefit as well as saving nursing time when trying to locate the equipment.

“The AccuVein device quickly and easily locates veins in babies and small children.
Experiences for children in our care are improved by reducing the procedure time as
well as making it less painful and traumatic. This in turn helps children to feel more
comfortable and less afraid of future procedures and gives them an overall positive
experience of the hospital setting.” Kirsty Randell, Matron, Children’s Services.

Annual Paediatric Diabetes Activity Day

One way we showed our love for our young community this year is through our annual
paediatric diabetes day. In 2022 the event was funded through a grant AHCC received from the Arnold Clark Foundation. More than 20 children attended the event at High Adventure Outdoor Education Centre with their parents, along with clinicians from the hospital’s paediatric diabetes team.
The aim of the paediatric diabetes group is to support the children to realise that their condition should not set them apart from others and should not stop them from doing things that other children without the condition do. This is why the group includes sports and physical activities within its offer.
Funded by AHCC a group of patients who were due to start secondary school spent the
afternoon bowling and sharing experiences. The event offered the opportunity for great peer to peer support at a memorable time in their lives.
A great time was had by all!

“The activity day was a huge success: we’re really pleased we could organise it again this year. It was fun for the children and is a great way for them to meet others who are going through the same experience. We hope that it makes them feel less alone and gives them the awareness that having diabetes shouldn’t stop them from doing anything. It also gave parents the chance to meet each other and network.” Rebecca Fox, Paediatric Diabetes Nurse Specialist.

Wall graphics

Did you know that we have over a mile of corridors at Airedale?
We were proud to be able to brighten up the corridors of Airedale during the year. Pictures of colleagues, fundraisers, our equipment and technology and of course our beautiful surroundings line the wall for all to see.

Space for calm in our Outpatients

We were excited to unveil a £13,500 refurbishment to transform a clinic room in our outpatients department into a comfortable, quiet room for patients to use after receiving a diagnosis of cancer or another life-changing condition.
It gives patients the opportunity to speak with a nurse specialist away from the clinic room. People can sit and reflect and ask any questions they have while in a comfortable and relaxed setting.
As well as funding the decoration of the room we provided new blinds, comfortable chairs and sofas as well as refreshment facilities. These little touches make a huge difference to our patients and their families when they need it most.
The room is already having an impact on patients. Most cancer diagnoses are given in outpatient clinics so having this space away from clinical areas to sit and digest new information allows people to reflect and ask any questions before they leave the department. Sometimes people forget to ask important questions immediately after receiving news, so having this separate, calm space enables people to ask for the information that they need.
A huge thank you goes out to the outpatient team who raised funds for the project.

Looking forward together

Thanks to you we have been able to show our love for Airedale again this year. With your help our future is exciting.

Some of the key areas of focus for our Charity next year:

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Anchor in the community

Our Charity continues to strive to be at the very heart of the Airedale community. We will continue to fly the Airedale flag and use our position as ambassadors for the benefit of our local community. We will champion Airedale and celebrate its success.

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Working with you

Our work with our local community will continue to grow with partnership opportunities and collaboration of all shapes and sizes including corporate and school partnerships. We will also continue to invest in young members of the Airedale community, helping them to grow and flourish. Working with you, for you, will forever be at the heart of everything we do, making sure that our staff and patients help us make the biggest impact.

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Airedale AOK

Our Airedale AOK (Acts of Kindness) will carry on encouraging others to show thanks, grow and educate our younger generation. Kindness will be at the centre of everything we do and we will continue to inspire people to be kind to themselves and others.

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Investing in Airedale

Airedale Hospital & Community Charity exists to support our local community of over 200,000 and the staff that care for them when they need it most. With your unwavering help AHCC will continue to raise funds and invest in our patients, staff and local community as set out in our objectives. Our next mission, and one we are already planning, will be supporting Airedale to make the new hospital the best it can possibly be as well as continuing to support the amazing appeals, projects and colleagues we work with. We look forward to sharing this journey with you.

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Airedale Ambassadors – volunteering, schools, young volunteers

We will aim to increase opportunities for volunteers of all ages to become ambassadors and encourage partnership working. We are keen to link our charity even closer to our local
communities and we pledge to make even stronger connections.

Thank you!

To those we have mentioned and so many others...
THANK YOU for showing your love for Airedale.

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