Raising Vital Funds for our Local Community on International Women’s Day

On Thursday 8th March, men and women at HealthTrust Europe (HTE) celebrated International Women’s Day 2018. As part of HCA Healthcare, the largest non-governmental healthcare organisation in the world, we spent this day appreciating the many amazing women in healthcare, both past and present. We were delighted by the recent announcement that three women lead the HSJ top 50 trust chief executives. The Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI) also recently revealed their initiative to encourage more young women to consider STEM careers by creating lesson plans which feature famous female scientists through history.

HTE is committed to improving healthcare in the communities we serve. We strive to make a valuable difference to people’s lives and believe that women and children have the right to live free from violence, abuse and fear. An estimated 1.2 million women aged 16 to 59 years experienced domestic abuse in the last year, according to the year ending March 2017 Crime Survey for England and Wales. This is why the £250 raised from our purple themed dress down day has been donated to Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid (BSWAid).

Sally Insley, Head of Fundraising at BSWAid, said “We are truly grateful for the support received from HTE. This £250 will help us to provide around 15 emergency ‘First Night’ packs that we can give to women when they arrive at refuge. These packs will contain essential items such as toiletries, food, sanitary ware and baby items. When a woman and her family first present at refuge, they have very little by way of belongings. These packs mean that those arriving at refuge have the basics to keep them comfortable for the first night. Thank you so much to all of the staff at HTE for helping us to make a difference.”

For over 35 years, BSWAid has been assisting women and children in our local community by providing emergency accommodation in six refuges. They also operate a helpline, drop-in services, counselling, help with criminal and civil legal proceedings, education and outreach, and family guidance. The services they provide change lives for the better and offer them a brighter future. We are honoured to be able to contribute in a meaningful way to our local community.

“At HTE, we are committed to the care and improvement of human life. To successfully achieve this, we believe it is essential to “Press for Progress”. The skills, abilities and experiences of our talented, diverse workforce has led to greater empathy, understanding and innovation. We are dedicated to the professional development of all our colleagues and value their unique talents. We reviewed our pay in 2017 to ensure that gender pay parity exists and continue to review this on an ongoing basis. We are proud to support a bright, equal, safe and rewarding future for women in the healthcare profession.” Dennis Robb, Chief Executive Officer for HTE

What is International Women’s Day?
International Women’s Day is recognised around the world to celebrate the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity and stimulating discussion on what more needs to be done. This year’s theme was “Press for Progress”, to accelerate gender parity and increase opportunities for career progression. Find Out More