We’d like to say a huge and heartfelt ‘thank you’ to the community of Nottingham for coming together to support its local NHS during the coronavirus pandemic.
In March 2020 we launched our emergency ‘Help your Hospital Heroes’ appeal, to support NHS staff at Nottingham’s hospitals during the outbreak.
Thanks to support from individuals, organisations and community groups across the city and county, the appeal quickly gathered momentum and received backing from local media, including the Nottingham Post who championed the campaign, and local organisations such as Nottingham Forest Football Club, who raised £18,500 through the sale of special NHS-branded football shirts.
Barbara Cathcart, Chief Executive of Nottingham Hospitals Charity, said: “The support from the local community for our appeal has been phenomenal, and we’d like to thank every single person and organisation that has made a contribution towards supporting our NHS workers in Nottingham during these unprecedented times.
“As the NHS marks its 72nd birthday, we’re joining together with staff at our hospitals to say a huge ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported our NHS staff in Nottingham, whether by making a donation or by staying at home to protect our NHS.
“As a Charity, we will continue to support all areas of our hospitals by funding enhanced facilities for patients and staff, specialist equipment, medical research and staff development programmes, throughout the rest of the coronavirus outbreak and beyond.”
The ‘Help your Hospital Heroes’ campaign was originally launched as an emergency appeal, to provide food parcels and essential toiletries to NHS staff at a time they were struggling to get to the shops, and finding empty shelves when they did so. As the pandemic continued and support for the NHS came to the fore both locally and nationally, this developed into a larger appeal to provide Wellbeing Centres, sleep pods and other rest areas at Nottingham’s hospitals, to further support hospital staff during the challenging times they faced.
Kerry Jones, Senior Nurse at NUH, was involved in developing the idea for the two Wellbeing Centres, one at City Hospital and one at QMC, which the appeal helped to fund. She said: “The Wellbeing Centres are having a tremendously positive impact on staff, and they simply would not have been possible without the support of Nottingham Hospitals Charity and all the people who have donated.
“The staff at NUH would like to take this opportunity, during the 72nd birthday week of the NHS, to thank all the members of the public, local community groups and other organisations who have supported their local NHS at this time.”
Thank you Nottingham for your support,