St George’s Hospital began life in the 1770’s as a ‘hospital for the poor sick’ people of London in a Regency period building at Hyde Park Corner now known as The Lanesborough Hotel, a 5 star establishment described as London’s finest residence.
The hospital was established by a group of philanthropists led by Sir Henry Hoare circa 1776 and charitable funds have been in existence to support St George’s ever since.
The hospital remained at Hyde Park until construction began on the present site, a combination of the Grove Fever Hospital and the Fountain Children’s Hospital, in 1973, when St George’s Hospital was relocated to Tooting, London SW17.
When the NHS was created in 1948, St George’s, like most large hospitals in the country, converted its charitable funds into a trust which was controlled by the Board of Governors and was used to provide services, facilities and research that the newly formed NHS was unable to provide.
In 1974, the Governors relinquished control over the charitable funds and passed them over to a Committee made up of doctors, senior nurses and staff who became the Special Trustees.
In 2001 a new charity was formed as St George’s Charitable Foundation, later changed to St George’s Hospital Charity as we are known today.
In the period since our formation, St George’s Hospital Charity has expended some £30 million of charitable funds on a variety of projects both large and small.
Since 2014 the charity is also responsible for the charitable funds relating to Queen Mary’s Hospital in Roehampton and the Wandsworth Community Funds reflecting a much broader remit encompassing much of south west London.
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The many faces of St George’s