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**STEP THIS WAY** - read all about our incredible teams taking part in this Saturdays Yorkshire 3 Peaks challenge!

An amazing team of NHS staff and supporters are gearing up to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity.

An amazing team of NHS staff and supporters are gearing up to tackle the Yorkshire Three Peaks to raise money for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity.

Many of the walkers are from Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust – and are walking with their fellow NHS colleagues, raising funds to give something back to the Trusts NHS Charity – for supporting staff throughout the pandemic.

Renee Comerford, Nurse Consultant for Older People and Head of Frailty Services has mobilised a team from the Trusts Frailty and Orthopaedic departments. Renee who also took part in the Captain Tom 100 walk during May, raising funds for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity said:

“We are all excited and ready. The Yorkshire Three Peaks challenge  gives us the opportunity to give something back to CHFT charity for all the kindness shown to us through the  pandemic,  helping  us improve the environment for our patients and staff.

The challenge has also helped the team’s wellbeing as there is nothing better than being out in the fresh air, especially after a busy week. It has enabled us to remain social and take that much needed timeout together on our socially distanced walks while taking in some beautiful scenery.”

Sam Lindle, Health and Wellbeing Advisor has worked closely with the NHS Charity since the onset of Covid-19. Taking part in the challenge with fellow colleague Rachel Pickup, and Rachel’s brother Steve, Sam said:

“Throughout the pandemic our NHS Charity collaborated with local communities to raise funds so that we could deliver One Culture of Care to our team mates by providing wellbeing support and resources.   We will be forever grateful to our communities and the charity for their generosity.”

“Now it's time for me to pay it forward!  And I am taking part in the challenge to raise much needed funds to continue to support our fantastic colleagues at CHFT.”

Julian Bates, Assistant Director in Information Management at The Health Informatics Service is walking with fellow colleagues who support Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“ The dedication, professionalism and care of the staff at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust (indeed the whole of the NHS) has been top drawer during the Covid pandemic. An emotional rollercoaster I have been proud to have played a part myself.”

“Taking on this 3 peaks challenge and trying to raise some money for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity is a thank you to all the staff and an exciting "step" test for myself.”

Chloe Gough, leads the team of walkers from Calderdale Royal Hospital Emergency Department. Chloe said:

“The pandemic has been a challenging time for all healthcare professionals, we decided if we can face that then why not brave the three peaks. As a team we have stuck together these past 12 months and we will continue to do exactly that. Raising money for our Trust means we can look after our patients when they need us the most.” 

The Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge takes on the peaks of Pen-y-ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and the challenge is to complete all three in less than 12 hours.

Emma Kovaleski, Charity Manager for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, said: “We have been blown away by the response from colleagues and supporters and are delighted to have so many signed up to take part the event. Everyone is fundraising and the words of encouragement and support with each donation is really quite moving.”

“The money they raise will enable us to continue supporting colleagues and enhancing care for patients long into the future.”

You can find the JustGiving pages for all teams and participants below:

For more information about Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity and how to donate, fundraise or volunteer, visit

Grateful Patient Giving

From as critical as a life-saving procedure to as simple as a kind gesture during a hospital stay, we often hear from patients like you how our NHS colleagues went above and beyond in caring for your needs. The extra time they took, the helpful guidance they offered, the sincere compassion they extended – and it makes a world of difference to your patient experience and outcomes.

A Way to Say "Thank You"

Grateful Patient Giving is a way to show appreciation and recognize exceptional care. Whether you choose to honor a specific staff member or an entire department, your donation is a meaningful expression of gratitude. Your gift may support patient care in areas of greatest need, or in a ward, department or service of special meaning – it’s up to you. Gifts can also be made in honor or memory of a loved one.

Grateful Patient Giving can help support:

  • Patient care for those most in need
  • Resources and continuing education for our professional care providers
  • New equipment, technology and facility improvements
  • Emergent care needs and new service opportunities
  • Supporting the health and wellbeing of our NHS colleagues when they need us most

Become a Grateful Patient

We'd love to welcome you as a Grateful Patient! It’s easy to donate and you will find more information in the 'How to Donate' section on the main page.

Share Your Story & Inspire Others!

We're interested in knowing what inspired your Grateful Patient gift. Tell us about your experience and how you or someone you love has been helped by our team at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. Your story may inspire someone else to give!

  • Email us at
  • Send a note to:
    Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3EA

Please include your name, phone number and email so we can personally thank you. We also love to share Grateful Patient Giving stories online and in our publications, but only with your permission. 



Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity are appealing for knitted hearts help heal heartache for bereaved families

Homemade knitted hearts are helping to ease the loss and pain as bereaved relatives struggle to cope with the on-going coronavirus restrictions.

Thanks to our donors support we have been able to support the End of Life Care team at Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust by funding and supporting the development of the new and incredible impactful bereavement services.

Our award winning end-of-life care team*, Gillian Sykes and Andrea Vickerman, “We place the relative’s wellbeing at the heart of what we do. Providing support to those who feel sadness and the loneliness of loss is a real honour and privilege.”

Through charitable funding we have been able to send a bereavement box to patients relatives. Included in the box is a hand-written card, a handmade heart, marigold seeds and further support contact information. A heart is also placed with their deceased loved one. Then around a week later the team telephone the relatives. 

Gillian added: “The telephone service has opened up a two-way conversation with families, something which we have not had before. So many people have thanked us for contacting them, providing help with any questions and passing messages of thanks to ward teams and providing a caring and compassionate approach at such difficult times.”

Charity Manager, Emma Kovaleski said: “Over the past 18 months our communities have been amazing, knitting and donating hearts for our team to support patients and their loved ones with. However we have reached now reached a point that we need to replenish our supply of knitted hearts. We are appealing to our wonderful communities once more to support us”.

“Every knitted heart makes a huge difference and we would love to be able to continue this vital part of our services – particularly as the winter months are fast approaching and the bereavement services will sadly in demand”.

A knitted heart is placed with the deceased patient with a heart also being sent to the bereaved family, so they can feel connected to their loved ones. If you would like to knit and donate a heart please send these directly to the End of Life Care Team, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3EA. Each heart measures approximately 7cm x 7cm.

For any direct enquiries please contact Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity at / 01484 344 344

* The End of life care team have recently won a Patient Experience Network National Award. They won the Personalisation of Care category for their work on setting up and running the Bereavement Support Service during the pandemic.

Who are we

We are the official charity of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust and we are passionate about improving patient experience and supporting our NHS colleagues.

Together with the kindness and generosity of our communities we raise funds to help provide the best possible care, facilities and environment for our patients, colleagues and communities we serve.

Donations given to our NHS charity are used to enhance our services, improve hospital environments, support the wellbeing of our NHS colleagues and provide specialist lifesaving equipment – above and beyond what NHS funding can alone deliver.

We believe

  • Our patients should have the best possible experience we can provide

  • Our buildings are accessible for all and equipped to suit the individual needs of our patients and visitors

  • Supporting our NHS colleagues helps deliver outstanding compassionate care


Our objectives

  • To improve patient experience

  • To provide equipment, services and resources over and above NHS funding

  • To support the health and wellbeing of NHS colleagues

  • To provide the best supporter experience we can and engage our communities in achieving our vision


Meet the team

Emma Kovaleski, Charity Manager  


Emma joined the Trust in 2019 as our Charity Manager. Emma has over 20 years experience both in the charitable and not for profit sectors, both at a local and national level.

Emma is a mum to 3 young boys and a keen runner - and enjoys nothing more than taking to the beautiful Yorkshire countryside across Huddersfield and Calderdale. 


If you would like to support our charity by volunteering your time, please get in touch at or 01484 344 344

Place your message on our Tree of Thanks

We have created a Tree of Thanks, where you can place a message and donate to help support our NHS Charity.

Find out more here:


Donations to our charity are hugely appreciated, and go a long way to enhance and support patients and staff at CHFT.

  • To make a one off or regular donation: CLICK HERE 
  • If you would like to set up a fundraising page, visit our JustGiving page
  • Cheque: Print and complete our Donation Form then post it with your cheque to: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3EA
  • Cash: Print and complete our Donation Form and bring with you to make a donation our Cashier’s Office at Calderdale Royal Hospital or Huddersfield Royal Infirmary.
  • Leave a gift: You can leave a gift to the charity in your will. If you would like to discuss, please contact our Charity Office at or call 01484 344 344. All correspondence regarding a legacy donation should be sent to the Charity Office.

If you have a preference for whether your donation is allocated to our general fund or a specific department or service, please mention when you make your donation or get in touch.

Gifts in kind

Gifts in kind provide our Trust with essential goods and services, and so save money. They can also help us to raise funds, when prizes are donated for raffles and other fundraising activities. If you would like to donate items or services, we would love to hear from you.

Before delivering a gift in kind to our wards, please contact our Charity Office. Whilst we are incredibly grateful for the gifts donated to our sites, we are not able to accept everything.  

Thank you for making a difference and supporting your local NHS Charity.

Remembering a Loved One

Giving in memory of a loved one is a special way to remember and celebrate their life.

Thank you for visiting and we would like to offer you our heartfelt condolences. Whether you have lost someone recently or some time ago, we are here to listen and support you.

Whether you want to give something back to our hospitals, or support a cause that really mattered to them, you will both be helping to save lives and improve care.

Funeral Collections

Funeral collections can be made in lieu of flowers or include a collection in a service.

The funeral director will usually arrange the collection on your behalf and will make sure donations are forwarded to us. We also have donation envelopes available for you to use, alongside an online in memory page on our JustGiving page. For any questions please do not hestitate to get in touch with a member of the fundraising team by emailing 

Remembering someone online

As covid 19 restrictions have limited the way memorial ceremonies can be held, online giving is a great way to connect friends and family in memory of your loved one. JustGiving have an online option to remember your loved one. 

Give a one off donation

You can make a one off donation by visiting our donation site. CLICK HERE

Giving to a particular ward, department or service

For all donations, we ask that you let confirm the ward, department or service that you would like your donation to benefit from. Please get intouch with a member of the team by emailing 

Fundraise for us


If you already know what type of fundraising activity or event you are taking part in, or you would like some support in developing your own fundraising event, please get in touch with our team at Here is our Fundraising Agreement for you to complete and send along with your email.

Legal stuff

We are committed to upholding excellent fundraising standards, in line with the Fundraising Code of Conduct, and we ask all our fundraisers to do the same. Please read the important information below before starting to fundraise.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the Charity Office. We are here to provide advice and help to our supporters.

  • Licences: You may need a licence if organising an event, particularly if selling alcohol or food. Get in touch with your local council about what permissions are needed.
  • Raffles and Lotteries: There are rules you must follow when raising funds through a raffle, lottery or other activity involving gambling. Some activities require a licence. For guidance, visit the Gambling Commission.
  • Street collections: Street collections require a licence from the local council for the time and location of the collection. Contact our Charity Office on 01484 344 344 or who can assist.
  • Collections on private property: Before you can collect on privately owned property, written consent should be sought from the owner or business. You must not collect door to door. 
  • Insurance: Some event venues may require you to have insurance, so it is advised to check with the venue first before fundraising.

Once you have raised and colleacted your funds, we ask that these are donated to the charity within 28 days. If a JustGiving Fundraising Page has been used to collect donations, the money will come directly to us. Otherwise please refer to our How to make a donation section for ways in which you can get your donation to us.

Our values and fundraising promise

Our values

Caring – we put our donors and beneficiaries at the centre of all we do, and by working together with CHFT we identify projects and initiatives that will enhance patient experience and outcomes, while supporting the health and wellbeing of NHS .

Honest – we foster a culture where honesty, openness and transparency is encouraged and valued. Managing expectations, doing what we say we’ll do and treating others the way we want to be treated.

Fair – we are true to ourselves and others, valuing diversity, differences and recognising they make us stronger.

Transform - transforming lives is not just about the big changes, it’s also the small acts of kindness that make a difference. Embracing change, challenging the status quo, celebrating success and learning from mistakes; we are always looking for new ways to innovate and improve.


Our Fundraising Promise

We are incredibly grateful to everyone who supports Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity. Without you we wouldn’t be able to provide vital funding across Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust. In line with our values are to be caring, honest, and fair and to transform, we want to be open about the way we fundraise, so here are our promises to you.

  • We promise we will spend all fundraising donations where it will have the most impact. We will ensure it is spent responsibly to help patients, families and staff.
  • We promise to answer any questions you have honestly and quickly.
  • We promise to clearly articulate the purpose of our fundraising, explain how the money will be spent.
  • We promise that we will not put undue pressure on you to make a gift. If you do not want to give or wish to cease giving, we will respect your decision.
  • We promise to regularly monitor our fundraising and the activities, managing risk and compliance.
  • We promise to adhere to all guidelines set out in the Fundraising Code of Practice and by the Fundraising Regulator.
  • We promise to keep you up to date about other ways you can support Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity. You can change how we communicate with you at any time and we will ensure your wishes are respected and actioned without delay.
  • We promise to keep your personal details safe and we’ll process them in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

The charity is regulated by the Charity Commission and is a member of the Fundraising Regulator, the self-regulatory scheme for fundraising in the UK. By being a member of the Fundraising Regulator the Charity has committed its principles which are:

  • We are committed to high standards
  • We are honest and open
  • We are clear
  • We are respectful
  • We are fair and reasonable
  • We are accountable


How to make a complaint

We are committed to maintaining a high standard of fundraisng. If it happens that we do not meet our own high standards, or our donors' expectations, we want to hear about it to crrect any issues as quickly as possible, ensuring they never happen again.

There are a number of ways you can contact us and tell us your thoughts:

Call us: 01484 344 344

Email us:

Write to us: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, Charity HQ, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, Huddersfield, HD3 3EA.

Please include your name, address and contact telephone number in your email or letter so that we can get back in touch quickly with you.

We commit to respond with the outcome of our investigations in writing within 28 days of recieving your complaint.

We will securely keep a record of your complaint and how it was investigated for 24 months, unless you request your information be destroyed. The details of your complaint may be shared with the Fundraising Regulator.

Who else can help?

If you are unhappy with theoutcome of our investigation of your complaint relating to our fundraising practice, you can contact the Fundraising Regulator to investigate the complaint.

You must contact them within two months of recieving a response from us.

There are a number of ways you can contact the Fundraising Regulator:

  • Email then at complaints at
  • Call them at 0300 999 3407
  • Complete their online complaints form at
  • Write to them: Fundraising Regulator 2nd floor, CAN Mezzanine Building, 49-51 East Road, London, N1 6AH

Alternatively if your complaint is related to another area of our work and you do not feel satisfied with our response, you can contact the Charity Commission

The Charity Commission P O Box 1227 Liverpool L69 3UG

Tel: 0845 3000 218


Get in touch

Our charity Office is alwys here to provide you with support, advice and fundraising resources throughout your fundraising journey.

Call us: 01484 344 344

Email us:

Write to us: Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, Charity HQ, Huddersfield Royal Infirmary, Acre Street, Lindley, HD3 3EA


Say hello on social media


Twitter: @CHFTCharity



Privacy notice

We, Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, respect your concerns about privacy and value the relationship we have with you. We are committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected. This policy sets out how and why we collect and use your personal information, and how we protect it.

We may collect your data in one or more of the following ways:

  • When you make a donation to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity, either in person, by post or online.
  • When you choose to fundraise in aid of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity and inform a member of our team by telephone, email or in person.
  • When you complete our Fundraising Registration form either online or by hand.
  • When you sponsor someone who is raising money in aid of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity on a sponsor form or online giving platform.
  • When you express interest in or sign up to take part in one of our events.
  • When you express interest in the work of Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity to a member of our team by telephone, email or in person.
  • When you express interest in volunteering for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Charity to a member of our team by telephone, email or in person.
  • When you enter a prize draw.

If we ask you to provide certain information by which you can be identified, it will only be used in accordance with this privacy statement and in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Charity Registration Number: 1103694