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Corporate support

Support from businesses across the region makes a real difference to patient care in Watford General, Hemel Hempstead and St Albans City hospitals.

We are delighted to receive the support of a number of national and local corporate supporters, as can be seen from the examples below.

Fundraising and donations have helped buy new high tech equipment, paid for specialist staff, contributed to environmental enhancements and funded the little things that make such a difference to patients, day after day.

Whether you are looking to engage your staff in fundraising activity, increase your brand awareness or harness new contacts with other businesses we will be able to develop the perfect partnership to suit your business needs.

Phone Samantha Sherratt, Charity Director, on 07393 232313 to talk through some ideas.


We were delighted to receive a £500 charity donation from easyJet in the spring (2018) and again in the autumn. Each month the company invites its employees to put forward charities which are close to their hearts. Through a voting process they then award 12 grants to the most popular charities. We were delighted to be nominated and the funds are supporting patient care in the physiotherapy department. A huge THANK YOU to all the kind-hearted staff at easyJet!

Marks and Spencer

Some of our tiniest babies are starting their lives in lovely new outfits donated by the Watford branch of Marks and Spencer in April 2018. The clothes are from the store's new premature baby range and our families love them!

Chantel Milson is the store's Kidswear Section Manager and she said "It's a privilege to donate these clothes that can help parents bond with their tiny babies. As a parent myself I understand this. Marks and Spencer have done it again by using their innovation skills to produce a range so beautiful. I hope all the parents are liking them."

Mariamma Thomas (Nurse in Charge) said: "Quite often mums give birth early so they've not had their birthing bag packed. Or, because their baby is premature, the clothes they've bought are too big for their newborns. So we're delighted to have this stock of babygros, hats and mittens for emergencies like this. We're really grateful to M&S for their kindness."


We were chuffed to bits when Asda Watford offered to help with the NHS70 birthday celebrations in July (2018). Thank you to Community Champion, Beverley Ashdown, for supporting Starfish Ward's NHS70 fun day and raising funds with tasty afternoon tea treats! Delicious!


In October 2018 we were bowled over when Kidly brought in lots of beautiful clothes for the newborns in our special care baby unit at Watford. Kidly strive to ensure their baby clothes are timeless, versatile, great quality and with every little detail thought through, and the gorgeous babygros, hats, mitts and aprons donated to our youngest patients certainly fit the bill! Simply gorgeous.


This Hemel Hempstead based engineering infrastructure company is a strong supporter of the Carer Support Team. Thanks to a personal connection of one of the team's dedicated volunteers, Emico has been made aware of the team's need for funds to support its invaluable work with parents and carers of children admitted to Children's Services at Watford General Hospital. The Emico Rough Runners and Emico's support of the Carer Support Team's Hertfordshire Mega Raffle is a sign of the company's true community commitment.

Emma and Kiri

Emma and Kiri are St Albans based filmmakers and photographers who help the Carer Support Team tell its story. Both Emma and Kiri are passionate about the Carer Support Team's support of parents and carers with children admitted to Starfish Children's Ward and Children's Emergency.

They both have personal experience in hospital with their own children, and they have been involved since the formation of the Carer Support Team in 2014. They have made the two videos (below) pro bono and take all photos of the team (see and in displays at Watford General Hospital) at a significantly reduced charity rate.

View two of Emma and Kiri's videos