Airedale Hospital’s impressive level of contribution towards a payroll charity scheme has won official recognition.

The hospital is part of the Pennies From Heaven initiative, which encourages staff to donate loose change from their salary to a local charity. In Airedale’s case, this is currently Manorlands Hospice.

Airedale NHS Foundation Trust chief executive, Bridget Fletcher, said the hospital had been one of just three NHS organisations to receive an award this year for its level of support for the project. It picked up a bronze award for having more than ten per cent of its staff participating in the scheme.

She added: “Pennies from Heaven Awards are presented annually to celebrate employers’ best practice and achievement in the running of their scheme.”