About Us

Meet the team

Paul Jackson

Group Chief Executive


Pauline Jones

Company Secretary

Dee Wright

Charity & Events Manager

Ana-Maria Vega

EA to the Group Chief Executive

Jo Moore

Boards Administrator

Jenny Summerfield

Charity Administrator

Baldeep Thind

Charity Coordinator

Michelle Fletcher

Charity Coordinator

The Hospital Saturday Fund

The Hospital Saturday Fund is a registered charity whose aims are to provide assistance through its charitable funds for registered health charities, hospices and medical organisations who are in need of grants for medical projects, care, research or support of medical training within the United Kingdom, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, the Republic of Ireland and Malta. Individuals with a medical condition or disability would benefit from assistance with the purchase of specialised equipment or from practical forms of treatment.


When the Fund was founded on 15 June 1873 there was little co-ordination of health services and these were mainly performed by the existing hospitals, all of which were voluntary – except the workhouse infirmaries. Lack of nutrition, overcrowding, poverty and ill health were very prevalent. The twelfth Earl of Meath (Reginald Brabazon, a Victorian social reformer), the principal founder of the Fund and other pioneers did their utmost to bring these appalling conditions to the nation’s notice.

At a meeting held in Hyde Park, London, on 15 June 1873, they made an appeal for the inauguration of a Fund to which all in employment would pay a regular weekly amount which would help to meet the cost of hospital maintenance. In those days Saturday was payday and so the title HOSPITAL SATURDAY FUND was chosen. In February 1890 the Fund received its Certificate of Incorporation under the Companies Act.



In 1896 the Prince of Wales became the Fund’s first Patron and on accession to the throne continued to act in that capacity. Since that era, each Sovereign has accepted the office of Patron, including Her Majesty Elizabeth II, who relinquished this when she made a considerable reduction to her Patronages in the late 1990s. Since the early years of the last century each successive Lord Mayor of London has acted as President of the Fund and the Fund has had the privilege of holding its Annual General Meeting at the Mansion House. The present Earl of Meath, the Lord Provost of Glasgow, the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the Lord Mayor of Belfast are all Vice Presidents. Our current Patron is the internationally acclaimed opera singer, Lesley Garrett CBE FRAM.



Since the advent of the National Health Service, the Hospital Saturday Fund has ‘tailored’ its benefits to suit modern needs. Its trading company HSF Health Plan is one of the leading health plans in the UK and Ireland and provides a wide range of health benefits to help people cover the cost of their everyday health care. HSF Health Plan works with over 1,300 public, private and charity organisations in providing its health plans as an employee benefit. Unlike other forms of health insurance, the schemes are very low cost (from £1.00 per week) and cover things like dental check-ups and treatment, eye tests, glasses and contact lenses, physiotherapy and osteopathy. It means people can embark on a course of treatment knowing they can always claim back at least some, if not all of the cost. HSF Health Plan also pays cash grants for hospital admissions. It has a range of helplines including a GP Advice line and a private prescription service, a counselling helpline and other services which are there 365 days a year to give support to employees and their families whenever it is needed*. There are currently around 90,000 HSF Health Plan policyholders from all parts of the United Kingdom and Ireland, but when family members are added the real figure is around 200,000. Its head office is in London, there is a national office in Ireland (Ennis, Co. Clare) and Malta.



The aims and ideals of the founders have never been forgotten and we are proud that these are still very much in evidence today. All profits made by HSF Health Plan are channelled to its parent charity, The Hospital Saturday Fund through which grants are made to all kinds of medically associated charities throughout the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland each year. Assistance is also given to individuals whose illness or disability has caused difficulties. In 2024, grants totalling £2.25m will be given.


*Full details of all the benefits HSF Health Plan provides can be found at www.hsf.eu.com

Details of The Hospital Saturday Fund charity can be found at www.hospitalsaturdayfund.org