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Our impact

At a time profoundly marked by the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to invest in fresh thinking and bold action, directing more of our assets to achieve health impact.

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Key numbers in 2020/21

300+

ideas supported

£29m

for charitable activity that improves health

£9.8m

raised to support NHS patients and staff

Driving impact at an extraordinary time

Our ambition to drive more equitable health underpins everything we do across our family of organisations – from our programme work at Impact on Urban Health, to our work as the charity for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and our approach to managing our endowment. The pandemic has accelerated important trends across our work, renewing our sense of purpose and commitment. 

Our mission has never been more important. As we respond to COVID-19, our focus is still on what we know we, and others, must do to tackle health inequalities.”

– Kieron Boyle, our Chief Executive

Read more about our work in this extraordinary year in our Chief Executive’s reflection.

Using our assets for health

We set our endowment  – made up of a diverse portfolio of investments, property and other assets – dual objectives: to achieve financial returns and health impactWe are strengthening our commitment to deliver more for health through our assets.   

In 2020/21, we grew our endowment to £881mand committed to new funds under our growingimpact investment portfolio. We also progressed key plans for our property developments with a strong health and wellbeing focus, and took steps to become a more responsible and engaged investor.

Unlocking the potential for cities to be healthier

Under Impact on Urban Health, last year we continued tackling important health issues particularly prevalent in cities and directed much needed funds to help local communicates cope with extraordinary circumstances 

This included deploying £17.6m in charitable expenditure to improve urban health through 212 partners and projectsincluding £6.4m to support local recovery activity from COVID-19 

Our programme highlights

Black Thrive project

"What's important about an initiative like this is it is real and tangible. It means we will immediately see practical, Black-led change in the community."

Volunteer at Black Thrive Employment project, supporting those with multiple long-term conditions

Supporting incredible NHS staff and exceptional healthcare

In our role as the charity for Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust, we support patients and staff across the Trust’s hospitals and community sites. 

In a year of both, extraordinary pressure on the NHS and extraordinary public support, we focused our efforts on the physical, psychological and spiritual wellbeing of staff, and on enhancing patient care.  We were humbled by the many donations given in recognition of, and gratitude for,  frontline staff who faced unprecedented challenges.

Unprecedented public support

£9.8m

raised in donations and gifts in kind in 2020/21.

100%

of donations benefit patients and staff.

The Wellbeing Zones are homely, wonderful places for us all to have a bit of 'me time'. I cannot express how grateful we are to everyone who has donated.

Sharan, Dental Nurse, on the areas for rest and recovery we created for NHS workers.