SBK Healthcare donate £1 to a nominated charity for every evaluation form completed at our face-to-face and online interactive forums.

Each year we choose a different charity and we would welcome your nominations for next year. Please email Caroline Cooper or telephone 01732 897788 to suggest a charity which is important to you. Please do take a moment to view the charities we have and are supporting:

2021: Dandelion Time

Dandelion Time

This is such a difficult time for so many people and the team at SBK Healthcare chose this charity as one that we really wanted to support. Dandelion Time gives children and families time and space to love and trust again, to heal from emotional trauma and abuse, to rebuild confidence and strengthen relationships, and time to develop skills and aspirations for a brighter future.

Dandelion Time has adapted to meet the challenges of the Coronavirus. Throughout lockdown they remained open, delivering individual sessions to support the children and families who need them. They are continuing to offer this individual service knowing that we can provide a safe environment for families throughout these uncertain times.

Find out more about Dandelion Time by visiting their website.

2020: Lifeshare

Lifeshare

Lifeshare works with Manchester’s many homeless people. The first point of contact is with people on the streets, offering practical assistance, support and information, plus they open up a kitchen at Charter Street Ragged School on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 7am-9am.

Find out more about Lifeshare by visiting their website.

2019: Crossroads Care

Crossroads Care

One member of the SBK Healthcare staff’s mum receives support from this service and said that those few hours a week that they help has made all the difference. In 2019 SBK Healthcare raised money for Crossroads Care Kent.

Crossroads has a passion for supporting Carers and the people they care for. For over 30 years across Kent, their staff have been visiting families who are providing loving care and support for their family members or friends, unselfishly and unconditionally. Their mission is to ensure that every Carer gets the support they need at the earliest possible opportunity; a regular break and appropriate and timely information and advice. Crossroads help Carers to make a life of their own outside of caring by providing quality care services and offering peace of mind while they enjoy some time to themselves.

Find out more about Crossroads Care Kent by visiting their website.

2018: SIFA Fireside

SIFA Fireside

SBK Healthcare hold many conferences in Birmingham and we see homeless people outside on the coldest nights. In 2018 we supported SIFA Fireside, a dynamic Birmingham based charity improving health and inclusion for homeless people.

SIFA Fireside works seven days a week with some of the most vulnerable adults in our society: those experiencing homelessness or who are vulnerably-housed. Many of the people they work with have complex mental and physical health problems, some have addictions, and all are socially excluded. They run a daily Drop-In service where they provide on average 3,404 meals, over 100 people are given clothes and 429 showers are provided each month for their clients.

Find out more about the SIFA Fireside by visiting their website.

2017: Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust

Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Trust

The Trust helps to support the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in Medway Maritime Hospital in Kent. The fund has been used to purchase essential equipment on the unit and provides travel expenses to help parents to visit their babies on a daily bases and provides funding for the Kent Neonatal Transport ambulance. This is a personal thank you by a member of our staff who now has a healthy baby boy, thanks to the vital role of the Oliver Fisher Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

Find out more about the Oliver Fisher Special Care Baby Unit by visiting their website.

Hugo Blaze first born Hugo Blaze healthy!

2016: Heart of Kent Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice is an independent charity providing specialist end of life care for people facing the challenge of a life-limiting illness, and support for their families. They care for nearly 1,000 patients and their families each year in their own homes, in the community or in the Hospice, improving their quality of life and helping to make every day precious. 

Find out more about Heart of Kent Hospice by visiting their website.

Marie and Sarah Marie and Sarah running

2015: The Breakaway Foundation

The Breakaway Foundation

Breakaway was the only UK wide charity offering support to children with bladder and/or bowel diversions/dysfunction and their families. From 2006 to 2016 Breakaway helped many families, taking them out of isolation and helping them to realise that they are not on their journey alone.

2014: Emilia's Little Heart Foundation

Emilia's Little Heart

In 2014 SBK supported Emilia's Little Heart Foundation, set up to help aid in the recovery of children who have to stay in hospital through supporting them emotionally by providing opportunities for play and pain distraction. The charity aims to heal through play, and children during their hospital stay can be given items including stickers, certificates and arts and craft activities. Plus donations have been made such as items for play areas and pain distraction equipment on the wards. 

Find out more about Emilia's Little Heart Foundation by visiting their website.

2013: Kissing it Better

Kissing it Better

Kissing it Better works to enhance and improve patient experience in healthcare settings. The charity was founded in 2010 by Jill Fraser and Nicola Matthews. Both trained as nurses, but when their children and elderly parents developed serious health problems, they rapidly gained an understanding of the NHS as a consumer too. Whilst acknowledging that there were areas where the treatment their families received could have been better, they also experienced some excellent care. They soon realised how demoralised good nursing staff became by the endless negative newspaper headlines which rarely acknowledged those health workers who were prepared to go the extra mile for their patients – so they decided to do something about it!

The charity is a ‘one stop shop’ for sharing and implementing simple, imaginative, yet easily achievable ideas that can make the world of difference to patients and those who care for them.

Find out more about Kissing it Better by visiting their website.

2012: East Cheshire Hospice

East Cheshire Hospice

The contribution from our evaluation forms in 2012 was donated to support East Cheshire Hospice's on-going work caring for adults suffering from life-limiting illnesses from which there is no cure. The Hospice team care for the whole person, aiming to meet all needs, whether they are medical, emotional or spiritual or around the challenges of daily living.

Find out more about East Cheshire Hospice by visiting their website.

2010 – 2011: Guide Dogs for the Blind

Rufus the guide dog

In 2010 and 2011 the donation was used to sponsor a Guide Dog Puppy called Rufus in his first year. He was born in April 2012 and named by the team.

Find out more about the Guide Dogs for the Blind by visiting their website.


Plus… Cancer Research

Cake sale

A cake sale was held in 2014 on the grounds outside our offices for all the passers-by and local staff to buy our home-cooked cakes. The staff had a lot of fun, using our event skills for charity and putting our cooking skills to practice.

Two members of staff also did a 5k fun run for Cancer Research in 2013.

For further information on Cancer Research, please visit their website.