Barnsley Hospital, Gawber Road. Barnsley S75 2EP (Reg No 1058037) 01226 431650

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Shine Bright for Barnsley

We were very proud on Friday to host our first ever Christmas Lights campaign Shine Bright for Barnsley switch on to help us make a difference for our patients.

The Shine Bright for Barnsley campaign, which is now an annual festive appeal to raise funds for our patients saw us this year light 20 Sparkle and Shine stars adorning the front of Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Each star has been generously sponsored by local businesses, schools and individuals and epitomises their heartfelt support for our hospital.

A big thank you to Neil Collins, Head Coach Barnsley Football Club for switching on the lights ❤️and to the Yorkshire Military Band, Kim for her fire breathing and our amazing charity volunteers.

Over the coming days we will feature a special thank you to each of our supporters. A special thanks goes to the following supporters for our 2023 stars:

Our Headline Sponsor Rapid Response Telecoms who made the whole campaign possible and also a big thank you to Dominic from Rapid Response Telecoms Ltd. who even brought Father Christmas to the event 🎅

Our Shine star sponsors:

🌟Ellie Etoile’s Burlesque
🌟Sheffield Electric
🌟Premier Foods
🌟Barnsley Premier Leisure
🌟NHS Professionals
🌟Tesco Stairfoot
🌟 Normington and sons
🌟Morrisons Barnsley Community champion Morrisons Cortonwood – Barnsley & Brampton

Our Sparkle Star sponsors:

✨Wasp Security
✨Vicky Goodall – In celebration of the life of Paul Goodall
✨Tesco Hoyland
✨C D Potter
✨Carlton Primary School
✨The Crown & Anchor
✨ISS Facilities
✨Milk from the Hills
✨Bank End Primary
✨SB’s Dance Loft

Thank you to all of the stall holders and everyone who visited our Christmas market too.

If you would like to get involved in fundraising in 2024 for a star, please get in touch as we are aiming to go even higher.

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Skydive June 2022

Many thanks to our supporters who took part in our first Skydive for a while! As a result of them reaching for the skies we raised an amazing £10,000 for our Make a Memory Appeal.

To book on our next Skydive on the 29th September 2022 email or phone 01226 431650.

A proud year for Barnsley Hospital Charity

In a year of compassion, togetherness and kindness, Barnsley Hospital Charity is extremely proud to have been able to support Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, our staff colleagues and our patients over the last difficult 12 months.

With so many generous donations we have been able to continually go the extra mile to fund additional health and wellbeing support for our colleagues and a whole range of important extras that really help them and the patients we care for.

In addition to grants from NHS Charities Together which has funded the development of a health and wellbeing garden area on our site and specialist support for colleagues, we are incredibly fortunate to have also received a significant donation from Barnsley Facilities Services. This donation will make an enormous contribution to the type of things we can fund to continue to make a difference.

Donations complement the resources at Barnsley Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and make a very real difference to thousands of patient’s lives each and every year, helping to reduce the everyday stresses and anxieties which may be associated with treatments and illnesses.

Covid-19 Amazon Wishlist

We understand that during restricted visiting access, it can be difficult not to see loved ones if they are in hospital.

Barnsley Hospital Charity have launched an Amazon wishlist with items to support staff and patients at Barnsley Hospital during the Covid-19 outbreak. You can see this here –

On the Amazon wishlist are a number of digital tablets. These tablets will help the hospital allow some of our patients who do not have access to a mobile device of their own to keep in touch with their family’s at a time when they cannot have visitors.

As always, we really appreciate your support.

Barnsley Hospital Charity & Barnsley Hospital


Jack’s reason to support

We spoke to Jack recently, who has chosen to become one of the 200 for £200 supporters for our Make a Memory Appeal, in memory of his granddad. Jack’s granddad, Ian, was diagnosed with dementia and Alzheimer’s.

‘The hardest thing I found with my granddad’s illness was the forgetfulness and the unresponsiveness. When we used to see him on the ward and in the care home, he glared blankly at the wall for hours, a shell of the man he once was. At first he used to try repairing the lifts (which was his occupation) thinking he was still on a job, eventually he stopped doing that and he used to sit for hours on end with no movement.

The care my granddad received in all honestly was excellent, he was very well looked after and the environment on the ward he was on was exceptional. To make our experience a little better, I would have liked there to be a quieter zone for us to spend time with him. There can be a few interruptions from other patients and it could become very loud making it hard to spend quality time as a family.

I chose to support the Make a Memory appeal, by running the Sheffield Half Marathon, as I believe when somebody is diagnosed with dementia, they never stop being themselves. They just need help and support to carry on living as close to an ordinary life as possible’.

We want to provide an environment on Ward 19, that goes over and above – with a less clinical, more homely and welcoming space. The transformation will provide bright, calming and relaxing areas which promote social interaction, independence and mobility💙

Thanks a million – Tiny Hearts Appeal

The Tiny Hearts appeal was a very special campaign launched by Barnsley Hospital Charity in September 2014 with the aim to raise £1 million to support the relocation and redevelopment of a brand new Neonatal Unit.  We hit the target on Valentine’s Day 2020.

Thanks a million!  We have now reached our target and would like to say a big thank you for your support. It has taken a lot of dedication from a variety of people, organisations and staff. We understand and appreciate that the general public, organisations and staff have taken their time or money to help support this appeal.

The charity want to say thank you to each and every individual whether you have shared a post, put in the volunteer hours or donated money, it is all appreciated and has helped us achieve our target.

The new unit provides an even better standard of care for all the special care babies and the most comfortable environment for all families and staff on the unit. This appeal has allowed us to open the new unit (in November 2018) with brighter corridors and more space so families can spend time together in their own space but still be supported by the neonatal staff and to enable the Special Care Baby Unit team to continue their fantastic care and enhance their capabilities. The unit sits on the same level as the Barnsley Birthing Centre, which means that the babies do not have to be exposed to different environments and different temperature changes, nor do they have to be taken into an elevator.

Premature babies are underdeveloped and have to be given extra help for their tiny bodies to cope with the outside world, and can spend up to 13-14 weeks on the unit. The care on the unit is focused around allowing the babies to fully develop and the new unit has been updated and expanded in order to allow parents to have proper bonding time with their babies.

We have come a long way since launching the appeal and are really proud of what we have achieved as a community. Here is a video that we published on the day we hit the magic million, as a thank you to everyone who has been involved along the way.

If you love you to get involved with the work our charity does; please give us a call 01226 431650 to discuss fundraising opportunities and our upcoming events.

In spring, we will launch a brand new appeal and look forward to telling you more about this in the coming weeks. We understand from speaking to our supporters that some of you will still wish to support the neonatal unit; this is of course possible but as tiny hearts appeal will have closed please quote ‘neonatal unit’ in your correspondence.

The Tiny Hearts Appeal is a charitable fund administered by Barnsley Hospital Charity Reg. No. 1058037

Help Tiny Hearts buy vital equipment for babies

Barnsley Hospital opened its new Neonatal Unit to a great fanfare and celebrations across the town. But fundraising for the unit via the Tiny Hearts Appeal is far from over.

Barnsley Hospital Charity still needs your help to buy state of the art equipment for the unit, which provides care for premature and sick babies born at 27 weeks and above.

There are many key pieces of equipment identified by the neonatal team which will make a massive difference to babies and their parents. These vital pieces of kit come with high price tags and are necessary to continue to provide the highest level of care within Barnsley’s fantastic new unit. The Tiny Hearts Appeal total fundraising currently stands at £687,712 but will continue to its target of £1million and beyond. Examples of the equipment it will pay for are:

Intensive Incubator – £32,000 each These are the most high-tech incubators. They have cooling facilities to protect a baby’s brain after a traumatic birth, in some cases to prepare them to be transported to a specialist unit.

Special Care Incubators – £28,000 each An additional three incubators are required for those babies who need Special Care (rather than Intensive Care).

Phototherapy Lights – £2,500 each Phototherapy light systems are used for the treatment of neonatal jaundice. This new, higher specification model pauses and restarts when baby needs certain procedures. It also records phototherapy a baby has received enabling the team to see at a glance the effectiveness of treatment and plan the next stage. The selected model is designed to sit on top of the incubators and eliminates the need for stands, minimising barriers for parents to their baby. Five of these units are needed.

Neo-puffs – £2,331.50 each A ‘Neo-puff’ is a form of resuscitation equipment which would be used instead of a bag and mask system. The gold standard for the unit is to have one in each ITU bay (5), one in each Single Cot Nursery (3) and one in the Special Care room (1). Six extra units are needed to reach this standard.

Cot Warmers – £1,820.26 each – To ensure smooth transition from incubator to cot it may be necessary to use cot warmers to maintain babies’ temperature.

Height Adjustable Cots – £800 each Height adjustable cots help improve the experience for babies’ families, helping taller or shorter parents to look after their baby whilst protecting their back. In addition this would also help the welfare of nursing staff. The unit would ideally like ten of these cots.

Thermometers – £144.60 each As the new unit is much bigger than the current unit coupled with the addition of family integrated care the gold standard for the unit would be to ensure one thermometer per cot space. This is small but vital piece of kit which would then be on hand for all babies on the unit. The unit would like ten new thermometers.

At the grand opening of the neonatal unit, hospital trust chairman Steve Wragg expressed his gratitude to Barnsley people who put their spare change into the Tiny Hearts incubator – a giant ‘money-box’ located in hospital reception. He said: “It’s the people of Barnsley who own the new unit because they contributed in their thousands. Our incubator money-box has taken £75,000 from people just walking past putting their spare change in. We cannot say thank you enough.”

Raising awareness for The Well

The Well Staff and volunteers

A big well done to The Well staff and volunteers who were onsite at Asda on Tuesday 27th November helping spread awareness of the fantastic work that The Well do. The Well at The Core is a service for people affected by cancer in Barnsley, providing six free beauty and complementary therapies for both men and women. Therapies are delivered by appropriately trained, skilled and experienced practitioners who offer a range of therapies which promote health and well-being.

In addition to raising awareness for the service the team also took their buckets along to help raise vital funds for the service. Although the service is partly funded by the government this funding does not cover the full cost of keeping this service running therefore The Well also heavily relies on the donations received from their local community. They raised over £130 on the day.

Well done to all involved, if you would like more information on the services The Well supports visit

Graft ‘believe’ in our Tiny Hearts Appeal

It should benefit it by telling the story of its greatest achievement for future generations to look back on, by reminding people of some of the best days of their lives & by leaving a lasting legacy from any success it had.

That’s why we decided that should we be lucky enough to make any profits from the film that they would be donated to an incredible cause close to our hearts – the Tiny Hearts Appeal. The appeal was launched in 2014 with an aim to raise £1 million to help support the relocation and development of a brand new Neonatal Unit in Barnsley District General Hospital’.

‘A little over two weeks after the official release of our film, we’re incredibly proud to announce we’ve today made our first donation of £10,000′.

Director of Daydream Believers & Co-Founder of GRAFT, Chris Johnson, said ‘The support we’ve had for the film from too many people to mention has been incredible & to reach such a milestone so soon after release is a wonderful result. We’re thankful to everyone that has helped make this happen & look forward to making more contributions in future’

Producer & Co-Founder, Liam Dyson, said ‘Donating this at such an early stage is something I’m incredibly proud of. Creating a feature length production like Daydream Believers isn’t cheap & considering we’ve funded this without commercial or industry support is a real testament to everyone that’s been involved’

‘Our film remains on sale online, in the Barnsley Football Club Superstore and in Vinyl Underground on Regent Street. Digital downloads are also available and a limited amount of tickets for our Penistone Paramount show are still available, too. All profits will continue to benefit the incredible work of the Tiny Hearts Appeal & leave a legacy and asset that will benefit some of the most needy in our community’.

Lan-Tarn Fest & Neo Natal Opening

This wonderful, winter event celebrates love, life and hope for people in and around Barnsley. This year we will see Lan-Tarn Fest paired with another very special event, the opening of our new Neo Natal Unit!

On the day you will be able to lay a lan-tarn as a dedication to a loved one you have lost, in celebration of recovery or successful treatment, you may even simply wish to decorate a lan-tarn as a symbol of hope or to make a special wish. In addition to this, tours around the new unit will be available throughout the day (psttt… we advise pre-booking here).

Lan-Tarn Fest 2018 will be held on Thursday 8th November at the front of Barnsley Hospital, Gawber Road from 2pm until 7pm.

Dedicate a Lan-Tarn

Lan-Tarn packages will be available to purchase before and during the event. You may choose to dedicate a Lan-tarn to a loved one you have lost and include their name and a message in our Book of Dedication. Or you may choose to decorate a Lan-Tarn in celebration of recovery or successful treatment and include a message of thanks to the wards/team or teams that helped you on your road to recovery in our Book Of Appreciation. However you may simply wish to decorate one of our Lan-tarns as a symbol of hope or to make a special wish.

Our Lan-Tarn Packages includes:

  •  Lan-Tarn ready for decoration
  • LED Tea Light (Battery Operated – No real candles please)
  • Postcard for your message into our Book of Dedication or Book of Appreciation

These cost just £4 with all profits going directly to Barnsley Hospital Charity. If you wish to pre-order your Lan-Tarn Package, please complete the form at the bottom of this page. Otherwise you can pop along to the cashiers office and complete the Lan-Tarn Package Order form.

What can we expect on the night?

On the evening there will be the opportunity to decorate your Lan-Tarn if you haven’t already done so and from 6.30pm onward there will be our ‘Laying of the Lan-Tarns’ on the grass outside the hospital where we hope to complete a wonderful giant symbol of love and hope.

Throughout the event there will also be a variety of different stalls selling items such beauty products, children’s books and crafts, jewellery, homemade jams, Christmas goodies and sauces! There will also be entertainment, children’s rides & games and a range of hot food and refreshments.


Who can come along?

This event is open to people of all ages so come along and join us to help Light Up The Tarn with love this November.