Publish date: 4 August 2022

On Wednesday 27th July 2022 DHU Healthcare presented a local charity with a cheque for £7,510 at the company’s Ashgate Manor office in Chesterfield. Funds were raised for the charity by colleagues at DHU who were vaccinated during last year's Flu season.

Corporate Partnerships Fundraiser Lead at Cynthia Spencer, Nina Gandy (pictured above, centre) was warmly welcomed by DHU Healthcare's Director of Nursing and Quality (pictured right) and Deputy Director of Nursing and Quality Rhonda Pickering on the day to receive the cheque.

Each winter season DHU uses it's annual flu campaign to raise awareness around the issue of vaccination and promote vaccine take-up within the communities in which we provide care. Vaccinating staff against seasonal flu is an important part of protecting both our patients and our staff and services. 

Jenny Tilson, Director of Nursing and Quality said: "We pride ourselves on doing everything we can to keep our patients safe and this vaccination remains the best way to prevent the spread of seasonal flu.

"For most people flu is an unpleasant virus that can be treated with bedrest and over the counter remedies but for those with underlying health conditions it can be severe and, in some cases, fatal. We're delighted that so many of our staff took up the offer of a flu vaccine to reduce the risk of our staff contracting the flu virus and transmitting it to our patients or their family members.

"Raising money through vaccinating our people emphasises our status as a Community Interest Company, reinforcing our commitment to those who work in partnership to provide better health choices and care for our communities."

During the 2020-21 flu season DHU aimed and succeeded in vaccinating a large amount of their staff. The Flu Team worked hard throughout the year to raise awareness and vaccinate a workforce spread throughout the region across many different areas. Cynthia Spencer Hospice was chosen by members of the Flu Team to highlight charitable work done throughout Northamptonshire, an area which DHU Healthcare operates from.

Cynthia Spencer Hospice are a charity who provide specialist palliative care services for South Northamptonshire. With a focus on quality of life and respecting the uniqueness of each person, they offer care to those with life limiting illnesses.

Speaking about the donation, the charity said: “We are delighted DHU Healthcare chose Cynthia Spencer Hospice for their nominated charity as part of their flu campaign. This donation will be a huge support to patients as well as their families and could help ensure all our services are able to continue, while enabling our clinical teams to plan for future care.''

''The donations from this campaign could pay for 14 days of care for an individual patient in the inpatient unit which would make such a huge difference to them and their loved ones, providing comfort, care, and compassion at the most difficult of times.''

If you’d like to support Cynthia Spencer Hospice, please get in touch, and check out their website for more information: Or follow them on social media:

  • @cynthiaspencercharity

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