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How to help your community and NHS during winter lockdown

We’ve put together a list of ideas for how you can help your local community, support your NHS and boost your own mood at the same time, during the winter coronavirus lockdown.

  • Buy local this Christmas. Many people will inevitably be doing their Christmas shopping online this year – but that doesn’t mean you can’t still buy local. Many smaller independent shops have the facility for you to buy online. Check out your favourite local clothes shop, gift shop or bakery for some lovely festive gift ideas, and get a warm feeling knowing that you’ll be supporting a local family with every purchase this Christmas.
  • Get fit indoors. While you may not want to brave the cold during the winter lockdown, that doesn’t mean you can’t stay fit. There are plenty of free exercise programmes online which you can do indoors – or why not join together with friends or neighbours to do an online exercise class together? If you can get outdoors for your exercise, the change of scenery and fresh air will be good for your body and mind.
  • Help your vulnerable neighbours. While essential shops are still open, you may have vulnerable neighbours who feel unsafe going outdoors at the moment, especially during colder weather. Why not offer to collect their medication or pick up their everyday essentials from the local shop? You could even make it official and sign up to the NHS Volunteer Responders app.
  • Support your local hospitals. This will be a challenging winter for our NHS, with Covid numbers rising and the added winter pressures of flu and other illnesses at this time of year. You can do something special to support your local hospitals by raising money or making a donation to the hardworking staff and vulnerable patients at the City Hospital and QMC this winter, through our website. Donations could help fund Christmas gifts for children in hospital over the festive period, or rest areas for staff at this challenging time.
  • Look after yourself. Don’t forget to take care of yourself, as well as others, during this second lockdown. Keep loneliness at bay by connecting with friends and family with regular phone calls, video chats or even letters. And make time to do the things you enjoy, whether it be arts and crafts, baking, or just cosying up under a blanket and watching your favourite film.

Nigel Gregory, Director of Development at Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “The people of Nottingham did themselves proud during the spring lockdown, pulling together as a community, taking care of their neighbours, and raising money for their local hospitals through our ‘Help your Hospital Heroes’ appeal. Now is the time to step up once again, to support those in need in your local community during this second lockdown, and help your local NHS.”

Click here to find out more about fundraising for your local hospitals this winter.