Friends of King’s

The Friends of King’s charity provides amenities and comforts for patients and staff at the Trust, as well as medical aids and teaching equipment. Kingfishers works in close collaboration with the Friends of King's and focuses specifically on children.

Friends of King's College Hospital logo

We were set up as a voluntary organisation in 1917 and rely on regular donations from our members and the help of our volunteers. We also raise money throughout the year through various fundraising activities.

Over the years, we have probably contributed to every ward, department or outpatient clinic in the hospital. All requests for funds are considered at our committee meetings.

How we support King’s

All our activities aim to support King’s patients and staff, whether through providing a service or raising money – and often both.

What we provide

These are just a few of the contributions we have made to King's over the years, thanks to numerous donations.

Refurbishing key patient areas
We have contributed £200,000 towards the costs of transforming Marjory Warren ward into a unique, sensory environment for older people, including those with dementia. The sensory day room on the ward was named after a long-term supporter of the charity, Rosa Davis, without whose legacy this transformation would not have been possible.

Providing equipment to support patient care
This includes safety testing equipment for patients with breathing problems who use Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machines at home, meaning they have to spend less time in hospital. We have also supplied auto-tilt chairs for Critical Care Units and bladder ultrasound scanners for numerous clinical areas.

Helping to improve the patient and visitor experience
We have provided televisions and Nintendo games consoles for children on Princess Elizabeth Ward plus furniture and pictures for day rooms for various wards. In association with our charity, Kingfishers, we have also helped to provide fold-up beds for parents who stay with their children overnight.

Supporting the Friends Stroke Unit
We provide equipment to improve patients’ overall care and experience on the unit. We also provide books and training equipment for the team.

Our services

The impact of COVID-19 unfortunately led to the closure of our Trolley Shop and Gift Shop.

We are hoping to open the Gift Shop and welcome feedback on what a shop would mean to patients, families and staff.

If you would like to submit ideas, please contact us using the details below.

Fundraising

We raise funds in many ways, from holding cake sales to collection days and collection boxes in local shops. Buying from our shops also helps us to raise money.

There are a number of ways you can make a contribution.

Donations and legacies
People who make donations or leave legacies to the charity come from all sectors of society. Many have been patients at King’s or are relatives or friends of patients. All wish to show their appreciation of King’s work in a meaningful way.

You can donate or fundraise online, or complete the Friends Gift Aid form or Friends Deed of Covenant form, and send it to our Administrator at the address below. Contact them if you would like to discuss further how you can make a contribution to our charity.

Join the Friends
Anyone can join Friends of King’s. You do not need to have been a patient, although many of our members are. The minimum subscription is £5 a year, but extra donations are greatly appreciated. To join, complete Friends Membership application form or contact our Administrator for more information. To make a regular contribution, download and fill in Friends Direct Debit form.

Become a Friends of King's volunteer

We could not do anything without our volunteers, who generously give their time and energy to the charity. We welcome people from every part of the diverse community that King’s serves and rely on their help to ensure Friends continues to provide valuable support to the hospital, its patients and its staff.

Our volunteers are the most important part of our team, so we organise a special thank you lunch for them each year. King’s also acknowledges the work of all volunteers across the hospital at an annual ceremony and lunch, where it awards long-service badges.

It would be great to hear from you, whether you have only a couple of hours to spare a few days a month or can commit more time to getting involved in our work. Our volunteers say they find helping out at King’s a rewarding experience. So if you have time to give and would like to get involved, go to Volunteering at King's or contact our Administrator.

Contact us

For more information about Friends of King's, how you can get involved or make a donation, please phone or email our Administrator, or call into our office next to the Chapel on the first floor of Cheyne Wing. The Administrator is in the office 9am to 3pm, Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Friends of King’s Administrator
Friends of King’s College Hospital
King’s College Hospital
Denmark Hill
London SE5 9RS

Tel 020 3299 3370
Email kch-tr.friendsofkings@nhs.net

Registered Charity No: 207328