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NHS charity launches fundraising appeal for hospital heroes

01 Apr 2020 18:00:53
hospital heroes

The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity has launched an urgent fundraising appeal encouraging the public to support the town’s dedicated NHS staff through the Coronavirus crisis.

Colleagues from across The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust are pulling together in response to the unprecedented COVID-19 epidemic to care for your families, friends and neighbours and they need your support now more than ever.

The Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign aims to raise funds for care packages, refreshments and treats during busy shifts, hotel accommodation and access to health and well-being initiatives to boost morale.

Martin Havenhand, Chairman of the Trust, said: “Our colleagues in the community and at Rotherham Hospital are working around the clock to deal with the immense pressures the NHS is currently facing due to Covid-19. Everyone from doctors and nurses on the front line to porters, cleaners, support and administration staff are showing such initiative and determination to get us through this difficult period – we’re incredibly proud of our workforce and which we value greatly.

“We have been humbled with many requests to support our colleagues – we know you are as proud of them as we are. Launching the Rotherham NHS Superheroes campaign will hopefully inspire people to continue to support them in whatever way they can.

“Colleagues have been fuelled during busy shifts with donations of takeaway food, offered lifts to work so they can avoid public transport and extra resources such as masks and hand gel have been much appreciated.

“Thank you for the support you have given so far. We wanted to make it as easy as possible to support your NHS in the next few weeks and months.

“The easiest way to help is to donate online – every penny counts. You might consider making a small donation instead of that trip to the cinema, your daily coffee or meal out.”

The public can support the Rotherham NHS Superheroes Campaign in various ways:

-       iPads (these will allow our staff and patients to stay in touch with their loved ones via video messaging.)

-       Hand gel/sanitiser

-       Hand cream

-       Cordial/pop

-       Refreshments; such a chocolate, fruit, breakfast bars, sandwiches, porridge and noodle pots and other healthy snacks

-       Overnight toiletry packs for colleagues staying away from home at short notice

-       PPE equipment (particularly long-sleeved aprons)

-       Children's activity books (pencils, crayons colouring and sticker books) and small individual toys.

  • You can also support our colleagues by sending us your messages of support. It’s a tough time for everyone in the NHS right now and it’s wonderful to know you are thinking of us. You can message us on Twitter via @TRFT_Charity, on Facebook or by sending letters and pictures to: the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity, Rotherham Hospital, Corporate Secretariat-Level D, Moorgate Road, Rotherham, S60 2UD.

How you can donate

We want to keep the general public, our patients and our staff safe, so if you are planning on bringing any donations to Rotherham Hospital, please get in touch with the Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity by contacting Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, on 01709 426821 or via trft.charity@nhs.net.

The charity will be able to work with you to arrange a safe drop-off point. We can then make sure any donations are distributed fairly across our teams in the community and at Rotherham Hospital.