About us

Our Patron, Simon Weston OBE

In 1982 the Sir Galahad was destroyed in Bluff Cove on the Falkland Islands. On board was Simon Weston, Welsh Guardsman, a name and face that was going to become well known for his struggle to overcome his injuries (46% burns) and redefine his role in life. Simon’s message is one of achievement, of triumph over adversity, of seizing the moment and succeeding.

Simon Weston - South Central Ambulance Charity PatronFollowing his injuries, Simon’s road to physical, spiritual and mental recovery saw him active in a number of highly successful ventures including ‘The Weston Spirit’, a Liverpool-based young people’s charity. His charitable work earned him an OBE in the 1992 Queen’s Birthday Honours. He was also awarded the Freedom of the City of Liverpool in 2002 in recognition of his bravery and his charity work in the region. He was honored as one of the top 100 Welsh Heroes in 2004, and in 2014, in a survey conducted by Freud Communications, Simon was voted top of the UK’s Heroes Index, naming him the Nations Favourite Hero. In early November 2015 Variety Childrens charity awarded Simon a Legend Award for his services to Motivational speaking and in December he was awarded the Freedom of the City of London.

Most recently, in the 2016 New Year’s Honours Simon was awarded the CBE for his charitable work.

Watch Inspirational Falklands war veteran, Simon Weston explain to our Chief Executive Rachel Coney what made him want to support the South Central Ambulance Charity.

Our relationship to the South Central Ambulance Service

The South Central Ambulance Charity exists to  raise funds that will be used to support the South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, but all the money raised by the South Central Ambulance Charity will be used to fund services that are additional to the core NHS services that SCAS is funded to provide.

We are an NHS Charity, and , like most NHS charities , the Trustee of our Charity is the Board of the South Central Ambulance Service Foundation Trust.

The Charity is run day to day by our Charity Chief Executive, Vanessa Casey. Vanessa is supported by a part time Charity Officer, Marianne Hawke. The Charity employs these two staff.

Which area do we cover?

We serve the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Hampshire and Oxfordshire. This area covers approximately 3,554 square miles with a residential population of over four million.

You can Trust us

It is very important to us to ensure that fundraising activities do not damage the reputation of the charity or our local ambulance service.  We will therefore not accept donations that are derived from activities or companies that may be likely to damage the reputation of the charity or the ambulance service in some way. If you are in any doubt please contact us for a chat by dropping us an email with your phone number to info@sca-charity.org.uk

Our supporters are vital to the continued success of South Central Ambulance Charity. We couldn’t do the work we do to help your local ambulance service help you without your support, which is why we value your trust so highly. It’s also why, when you make the decision to support us, we make this promise to you:

We are committed to high standards

We strive for the highest possible standards in our fundraising and always adhere to best practice in accordance with the Fundraising Regulator Code of Fundraising Practice.

We will only work with professional fundraising organisations that meet our high standards. We closely monitor all the fundraising partner organisations we work with.

We fully comply with legal regulations including those that apply to data protection and  health and safety.

We will abide by the rules and guidance of the new Fundraising Preference Service and Fundraising Regulator .

We are honest, open and clear

We will keep you up to date on the projects and services we fund using your donations and we will do our best to make sure you know the difference that your support has made.

We will answer all reasonable questions about our fundraising activities and costs.

Where we have a promotional agreement with a commercial company, we will make clear how much of the money they receive is passed on to us.

We will give you a clear explanation of how you can make a gift and/or amend a regular commitment.

You can download our Fundraising Policy and our Fund Distribution Policy and Procedure updated 26 4 17  for more information.

 We are respectful

If you do not want to give or wish to stop giving, we will respect your decision. We will never put pressure on you to make a donation.

We will make it easy for you to tell us how you want us to communicate with you, in a way that suits you. If you don’t want to hear from us – you just need to tell us and we will remove all your contact details from our files.

Your data is safe with us. We have never, and will never sell your details and we fully will comply with the provision of the Data Protection Act 1998. You can read our full  Privacy Policy here.

We are accountable

If you are unhappy with anything we’ve done whilst fundraising, you can contact us to make a complaint by emailing us at info@sca-charity.org.uk

If things go wrong, we will be upfront and open about our mistakes; we will apologise and do what we can to amend them.

We are members of the Institute of Fundraising and the Association of NHS Charities and are committed to abiding by the standards that both these bodies set out.

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The Foundation Trust Board set the strategy for the charity, and the Charitable Funds Sub Committee of that Board ensure appropriate governance of the charity and monitor delivery of the agreed strategy.

The Foundation Trust supports the charity by providing accommodation, IT and other office services free of charge.

The charity directly meets all the costs incurred by our CFR volunteers such as training, uniforms, equipment, and cars.

The charity directly meets the costs incurred in installing defibrillators and education activities, where these are not provided as gifts in kind by local businesses, parish councils and other organisations.

The charity awards grants internally to fund activity through its Enhance and Develop Care programme. Applications are welcomed from all staff teams, and a panel of staff, patients, Directors and Governors  assesses those applications against agreed and published criteria. The application form can be downloaded here.