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.

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“£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.

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Primrose Cars

The Primrose Cars Service provides free transport to take patients for radiotherapy treatment from their homes to Addenbrookes Hospital in Cambridge. Every two to three years the Charity needs to raise funds to buy new, replacement cars in order to continue this valuable service for the people of Bedford

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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.

Fundraisers

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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