Celebrating Your Impact

Welcome to our page celebrating the NHS 75th birthday! Not only are we celebrating 75 years of the NHS, we also want to celebrate the impact your support has had on our family of hospitals and services.

As part of the NHS75 celebrations in July, we’re inviting you to read our newly-published Impact Report, so you can see for yourself the difference you’ve made to so many patients and their families.

The support we’re able to give our patients and families wouldn’t be possible without you. The impact you have on the lives of so many patients is often immeasurable. And we often see patients and their families have such a positive experience at our hospitals, they then want to give something back themselves. So thank you for your support and enabling us to continue making a difference!

Whether you’ve donated £1 or £10,000, you are supporting excellence in treatment, research and care throughout our hospitals, ensuring we can provide our patients with the very best care in the very best facilities. Without you, we simply couldn’t achieve what we do. So THANK YOU.

Videos from some of our incredible family…

We’d love you to watch this video of our Chairman, Kathy Cowell, OBE DL, who wanted to record a special “thank you” message for all our supporters who make the life-changing and life-saving projects we fund possible. You can also check out more videos from our supporters in this playlist, including running nurses Lauren and Luke and young patient Taylor.


Throughout July we’re spotlighting some fantastic stories to celebrate everything you have achieved. Check out the latest stories here and don’t forget to come back throughout the month for more updates.

Build to Beat Breast Cancer Appeal

We’re proud to be raising funds for a new state-of-the-art training facility to train the breast cancer specialists of the future.

Our Build to Beat Breast Cancer Appeal is to create a National Breast Imaging Academy centre at our Wythenshawe Hospital site, which will be an extension of the Nightingale Centre.

We’ve teamed up with Prevent Breast Cancer for this appeal and would love to tell you more about it. Visit our special campaign page here.

Taylor’s 11-mile challenge as “thank you” to hospitals

11-year-old Taylor Dignan has raised more £14,000 for the two hospital that have treated him for a rare eye condition.

Taylor, who lives in Stockport, walked 11 miles on Saturday, 15th July, with about 60 friends and family, including younger brothers Harrison and Bobby, and parents Sam and Dan. The group were all raising money for Manchester Royal Eye Hospital and Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital.

Taylor’s condition is known as Anterior Segment Dygenesis (ASD) – a spectrum of disorders affecting the development of the front of his eye. While a lot of patients have ASD problems with both eyes, Taylor’s condition only impacts his right eye.

We’re so grateful to Taylor and all his friends who raised this fantastic amount of money for our Charity. If you haven’t already, check out a video from his arrival at the finishline in the above video playlist or click here.

Fundraising Nurses Hit Halfway Mark

Nurses Lauren Baybutt and Luke O’Hara have set themselves two amazing year-long challenges to fundraise for the hospitals where they work.

Lauren, who works at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, is doing a variety of treking and running challenges. Meanwhile her colleague Luke, who works at Wythenshawe Hospital, is doing 12 marathons in 12 months.

July marks the halfway point in thier challenges and so far their combined fundraising total is more than £7,800.

Lauren told us: “I’m starting to get pretty tired now as the intensity is starting to build up. I’ve got the Race to the Stones 50k ultramarathon this month (8th-9th July) and I’m feeling nervous but excited! I’m still enjoying every single challenge though and hopefully I can continue to raise more funds for the children’s hospital.”

Luke says although all this challenges are the same, he still needs to train between events to keep his stamina up. You can learn more about his training in the video above.

Speaking after his latest run in Orkney, he said: “Orkney was by the far the most difficult experience I’d had. Rain and wind battered me and then there were these hills sticking the knife in too! I loved it though and would do it all again in a heartbeat.”

If you’d like to support them, visit Lauren’s JustGiving Page or Luke’s JustGiving Page to donate.

Celebrating Our History

Did you know the NHS started right here in Greater Manchester? And that on 5th July the NHS turns 75 years old?

Founded in 1948 by Health Minister Aneurin Bevan, the NHS came to be when he opened Park Hospital – now known as Trafford General Hospital.

Sylvia Diggory, aged 13, was the first patient to be treated by the NHS and was visited by Aneurin Bevan on the day of the NHS’s opening.

We’re very proud that Trafford General is part of our NHS family of hospitals and part of such a special moment in our nation’s history.

You can read more about this momentous occasion, and some of the impact we’ve had on NHS services this year, in our new Impact Report.