It’s often said that it’s easier to stick to a New Year’s resolution if the challenge involves helping others.

We’ve come up with five ideas to help you meet your goals in 2020 while helping to improve hospital care for local people at the same time. 

1. Take on a challenge  

Will you be joining the thousands this year making a resolution to get fit, lose weight, or eat more healthily? Or maybe you’d like to overcome a fear or phobia? Setting a goal and raising sponsorship for charity can be a great motivator and can keep you on track when you feel like giving up.

Once you’ve decided on your goal, just set up a fundraising page on JustGiving to get started.

 

2. Set up a regular donation 

Life is busy, and we know that not everyone has the time to take on a challenge. Giving a regular donation is a great way of spreading your support throughout the year. By donating as little as £10 a month, you could help to fund a new scanner which can detect head and neck cancer in the early stages. 

Set up a regular donation today > 

wrapped gift box3. Clear the clutter 

We all receive unwanted gifts now and then. Rather than letting it gather dust on the shelf after Christmaswhy not donate it to a good cause? Depending on the item, we’ll either pass it on to our wards for patients to use, or turn it into a cash donation which goes towards improving care for local people. Please note that as a hospital we can only accept new items – if you have second-hand items to donate, we recommend taking them to your local charity shop. 

Contact us on charity@mbht.nhs.uk or 01524 516064 to donate a gift.

4. Volunteer  

Could you give any time to your local hospital this year? It may seem like a big commitment, but even a few hours a week can make a huge difference. Whatever type of work you are interested in, we would love to hear from you. 

“I help Bay Hospitals Charity whenever they need an extra pair of hands in the office or out at events. Volunteering doesn’t seem like a totally selfless thing to me, because it makes me feel good!

I love that I get to mix with lots of different people at the hospital – staff, volunteers, and the public – and most of all, I have fun.”

Faye, Volunteer

Get in touch with us on charity@mbht.nhs.uk or 01524 516064 for an informal chat.

5. Spread joy with your skills 

Are you thinking about learning a new skill this year? Whatever your interest, whether you’re learning to knit or bake, or taking up pottery or woodworking, by selling or donating your creations you can use your passion to bring a smile to someone’s face and raise funds all at the same time. 

We would love to hear about your craft and cake sales. To donate the proceeds of a sale, or to donate crafted items such as knitted baby clothes, contact us on charity@mbht.nhs.uk or 01524 516064.