Our impact We're making a difference every single day for patients and staff across our hospitals. Over £4 million was received in income in the year 2017/18. Much of this was thanks to the generosity of individuals, companies and groups making donations, organising events and taking on challenges to support the hospitals that they care about. Legacies are also extremely important to this charity, and allow us to fund very special projects and improvements which simply couldn't happen without these generous gifts from Wills. Our charity takes great care to ensure these donations are spent carefully and with the maximum positive impact for patients and staff across our hospitals. Clinicians with expert knowledge have designated authority to oversee smaller amounts of funding, and our Trustees meet regularly to scrutinise larger funding bids. We are currently prioritising a proactive spending strategy to ensure that areas of greatest need across our hospitals can benefit from charitable support Find out about our key areas of funding Read about our latest funding Find out how to leave a charitable gift in your Will In 2017/18 money spent across our hospitals included the following: Over 170 pieces of equipment and improvements to facilitiesEquipment to speed up the diagnosis of meningitis; portable handheld oxygen monitors for use with young patients; improvements to staff areas so that surgical teams can have a comfortable break between operations; technology to improve prostate cancer diagnosis and a mechanical chest compression device for use with patients having heart failure. 39 research projects across the hospitalsThese include research into children's and adult cancers and haematology; a study to improve patient care after heart attack; research into respiratory conditions and eye surgery. Over 700 hospital staff have benefited from additional training and coursesBringing the latest skills and knowledge into our hospitals.