As well as funding equipment for patient care, Bay Hospitals Charity also provides funding to support staff from University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust in their professional development.  

Recently Bay Hospitals Charity funded a place on the prestigious Mary Seacole Programme (run by the NHS Leadership Academy), for UHMBT Microbiology Technical Services Manager Saabir Mitha.  

He said: “For me, taking part in this programme is about developing from a manager into a leader.  

“I’ve always had aspirations to push myself into higher management and leadership roles, and this programme is very much a stepping stone to that.  

“The charity has also recently provided funding for me and my team to attend the Institiute of Biomedical Science Annual Congress in Birmingham. This was the first time we had been able to attend, and we all came away feeling how beneficial the day had been. This would not have been possible without charitable funds.   

“Funding from Bay Hospitals Charity has made a massive difference.”  

The Mary Seacole programme is named in honour of the pioneering British-Jamaican nurse, who in 1855 set up the ‘British Hotel’ behind the lines during the Crimean War. She described the hotel as “a mess-table and comfortable quarters for sick and convalescent officers”.  

NHS staff who take part in the six-month programme take part in a number of workshops and complete a final assessment including a 2,000-word written assignment.  

UHMBT Director of People and Organisational Development David Wilkinson said: “Helping colleagues to develop and progress their careers is something that is really important to us as a Trust.  

“Support from Bay Hospitals Charity to fund training and development helps us to stretch our resources further, providing more opportunities for our staff and better services for our patients.”  

Bay Hospitals Charity funds the latest equipment for University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust to help make patients more comfortable and ensure they get the best possible care and treatment.     

To donate and support your local NHS hospital, contact Bay Hospitals Charity on 01524 516064 or email charity@uhmb.nhs.uk