Making the difference for patients and carers

Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends raises funds to support patients & staff at Bedford Hospital by providing equipment & improving facilities – all to ensure the continued excellence of the provision of care in Bedford
One Million Miles campaign

We need you – people of Bedfordshire and further afield, to walk, swim, run, row, cycle or even rollerskate One Million Miles to raise funds towards a new CT scanner and a new Children’s A&E at Bedford Hospital.

“£1M for Bedford A&E” £1million appeal

Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends has an exciting new Appeal that will significantly improve the facilities available within our Accident & Emergency department at Bedford Hospital.

In addition to the £3.1M NHS Covid 19 funding to upgrade A&E we have been invited to enhance this provision by creating a brand new much needed dedicated Paediatric A&E department and providing a dedicated state-of-the-art CT scanner to be situated in the A&E department for shared use by both emergency and general hospital patients.

Christmas Tree Festival
2021 Christmas Tree Festival

This year will be the 20th year that the Festival has taken place in St Paul’s Church in the centre of Bedford raising funds for the Church and the Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends. It is now a firm favourite by those who see visiting our historic and beautiful St Paul’s Church lit by trees, decorated by so many community groups, schools and firms, as the start of Christmas.


A brief history

Bedford Hospital Charity & Friends exists to support patients and staff at Bedford Hospital by providing, improving and maintaining facilities and equipment (including both large and small items).

The Friends of Bedford Hospital were formed at the inception of the NHS in 1946 and have joined forces with the Bedford Hospitals Charity so that there is now a single charity with a common aim. The Bedford Hospitals Charity was formed in 1988 with the specific purpose of refurbishing the old Nurses Home and has continued with a series of major projects including the £2.35million Primrose Appeal for a purpose-built Oncology Unit. To date the combined charities have raised well over £11 million for the Hospital.


Here are a selection of some of the fundraising events that people have held on behalf of the Charity.
Tina Fooks

Tina, a Primrose patient, raised over £800 for the Primrose Car Renewal Appeal by walking 64 miles of Hadrian’s Wall in four days.

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Crane Fund for Widows and Children

Here we see Gordon Beeden and Mike Hurst (representing The Hospital Charity) receiving $5000 from The Crane Fund for Widows and Children.

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Ciro Ciampi’s 40th

Three events in three days over the 23-25 September -The Sharnbrook 10th Anniversary & Ciro’s 40th Birthday Fundraiser Ball, Ciro’s 40th Birthday ExtravaGANGSTER & Charity Funday Sunday with Supercar Dreamrides – raising £11,435 for the Primrose Unit Bedford Hospital.

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