The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

"Day One" for trauma care as new charity launches in Leeds

1 September 2014

Leeds Teaching Hospitals Charitable Foundation has launched an exciting new fundraising initiative, Day One, which will support trauma patients across Yorkshire and beyond. Day One brings hope to families in challenging times and improves the quality of life for patients who have suffered major trauma.  Leeds is one of 22 Major Trauma Centres in England providing around-the-clock life-saving treatment for seriously injured patients.  Major trauma is the sixth highest cause of death across the globe and the fifth highest cause of disability in all age groups.   Leeds General Infirmary was designated as the Level 1 trauma centre for the West Yorkshire Region and since April 2013, all adults and children with major trauma injuries from the region are now being treated at the Infirmary.  Day One is being launched to help victims of major trauma brought to Leeds to rebuild their lives, provide support for their family and friends, and give them hope in challenging times. Day One is a not-for-profit charity who want to make a positive impact on trauma care.  Their aim is to create world-class services for people affected by major trauma through:
  • Supporting patients and their families during their hospital stay.
  • Supporting staff working through training and education.
  • Funding the acquisition of state-of-the-art medical equipment within the major trauma centre.
  • Breaking research and innovation here in Leeds.
Day One members are not just fundraisers, but a group of medical experts and patients who for the vast majority have experienced major trauma themselves and have been through the highs and the lows on the road to recovery.  They understand what a rollercoaster ride it is and know that it is not easy and that it won’t be fixed overnight, but with the right support Day One can help trauma patients through. Day One will deliver the very best support for victims of major trauma through all aspects of their recovery.  From  simple advice and education through its website, to legal and financial support from our expects, they will make sure that no matter how tough the journey is, people get the right help, at the right time. Gaynor Faye, Actress and local celebrity, is lending her support to Day One after a personal friend was injured in a serious motorbike accident.  Gaynor said "Having seen what my friend Gary and his family went through after his motorbike accident, Day One's new fundraising initiative is much needed and vital to support major trauma patients from day one in their journey to recovery". Support, no matter how large or small, plays a vital part in maintaining the trauma centre’s life-changing work.  Donations are critical to help fund much-needed care for our patients and their families, as well as for research and equipment.  It is with such support that we are able to make a difference to the lives of our patients.  For further information contact fundraising@leedsth.nhs.uk or call 0113 2064540.