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CORPORATE INFORMATION

Raise has a small team of paid staff (the Executive team) led by the Charity Director. This is currently Ms Sofia Sheikh who was appointed in December 2019.

What exactly is Raise?

Raise is the charity specifically set up to raise funds for and support the three NHS hospitals in West Hertfordshire. Raise was founded and registered as a charity in 1995 and was known, until 2018, as West Hertfordshire Hospitals Charity. Raise is currently run by a Charity Committee, made up of representatives of West Hertfordshire NHS Trust (WHHT), which is the charity’s corporate trustee. The charity supports the three NHS hospitals in Watford, Hemel Hempstead, and St Albans.

Who’s Who?

Raise has a small team of paid staff (the Executive team) led by the Charity Director. This is currently Ms Sofia Sheikh who was appointed in December 2019.

The governing body is the WHHT Charity Committee which consists of:

Professor Steve Barnett, Chair at WHHT (Chair)
Christine Allen, Chief Executive WHHT
Helen Brown, Deputy Chief Executive WHHT
Professor Tracey Carter, Chief Nurse WHHT
Don Richards, Chief Financial Officer WHHT (Treasurer)
Michael van der Watt, Medical Director WHHT
Jonathan Rennison, Senior Independent Director WHHT
Paul Cartwright, Non-Executive Director WHHT
Virginia Edwards, Non-Executive Director WHHT
John Brougham, Non-Executive Director WHHT
Phil Townsend (Vice Chair, Non-Executive Director WHHT)

Please note that positions are those held at WHHT, not at the charity.

What about privacy and data?

Raise has a comprehensive privacy policy which is published at this link.

What are the Raise contact details?

Email (the best way of contacting us) office@raisewestherts.org.uk

Raise Hospital Charity
Room 1:16 Willow House
Watford General Hospital
Watford WD18 0HB

Telephone 01923 436177

How do I make a complaint?

The best way to raise an issue if you have one is informally in the first instance, by telephoning the office and asking to speak to the Charity Director. Most complaints and queries can be resolved informally.

If you need to make a more formal complaint, please do so in the first instance by emailing the Charity Director referring to any informal discussions and making it clear that you are complaining formally. We will respond within 14 days.

We are regulated by the Charity Commission for England and Wales and by The Fundraising Regulator.