NHS charities announce merger

Two NHS charities have merged after the trusts they are connected to came together last year.

Above & Beyond and the Weston Area Charitable Trust have today merged to form the Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity.

It comes after the University Hospitals Bristol and Weston Area Health NHS trusts were united in April last year.

The new charity said it would work to support all 10 sites under the UHBW banner.

Above & Beyond has about 25 staff and an annual income of about £1.5m, while the Weston charity had an annual income of £43,000 in the year to the end of March last year and just one member of staff, who combined that role with other duties within the trust.

A spokesperson for the charities said no redundancies or job losses were expected because of the merger.

Paul Kearney, chief executive of Bristol & Weston Hospitals Charity, said: “As a team we have been supporting the city centre hospitals in Bristol for 47 years and the passion to support the NHS runs deeply through us all.

“There’s no greater feeling than the knowledge that we have made a difference to the lives of so many people.

“Having Weston General Hospital in our charity family will enable us to do great things for even more patients in Bristol, Weston-super-Mare and across the south west.”

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