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Gaelic athletics club raises £10,000 for NHS heroes

Members of a local Gaelic athletics club have raised over £10,000 to support NHS staff at Nottingham’s hospitals.

Over 30 members and friends of St Barnabas Gaelic Athletics Club (GAC) took part in a sponsored head shave on 8 April to raise money for our ‘Help your Hospital Heroes’ appeal.

Participants ranged in age from 17 to 59 and all took part in their own homes, so far raising £10,840 via their Justgiving page, with the total still rising.

St Barnabas GAC chairperson Michael Cattermole said: “The response and support we have received from members, their families and the community in Nottingham has been very heart-warming and overwhelming. Everyone feels we are in this together and everyone just wants to do their part to support such a worthy cause. We want to thank each and every person for their contribution – it’s been amazing!”

The money raised will go towards the ‘Help your Hospital Heroes’ appeal, which is raising £100,000 to support NHS staff on the frontline at Nottingham’s hospitals during the coronavirus. Money raised is going towards funding everyday essentials for staff, as well as wellbeing rooms to give them a place to rest during busy shifts.

Michael Cattermole explained: “Obviously, given the current pandemic we fully appreciate the strain that the NHS will be under and wanted to do our bit to support such a worthy cause. We also have nine club members who work in the NHS locally who we are extremely proud of. This was also an opportunity for us to show them our gratitude for what they do on a daily basis, along with their colleagues.”

To sponsor the St Barnabas GAC team please click here.

To donate to the ‘Help your Hospital Heroes’ appeal please click here

For regular updates on the appeal please follow us on Twitter @NUHCharity and Facebook @NottinghamHospitalsCharity using the hashtag #NottinghamNHSHeroes