Help your Hospitals Covid-19 Appeal

A nurse at QMC holds her hands in a heart position at QMC

In March 2020, we launched our Help your Hospitals emergency appeal, to support NHS staff in Nottingham during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Initially the appeal helped to provide emergency food packages and other essentials for NHS staff at Nottingham hospitals, who were working long and difficult shifts, and facing empty supermarket shelves when they finished work after an exhausting day.

A nurse holds her hands in a heart position and is wearing a mask and a shield

As the pandemic continued, our original fundraising target of £100,000 tripled, thanks to the generosity of hundreds of individuals and organisations from across the local community.

With the help of our supporters, a total of £300,000 was raised through our Help your Hospitals appeal, to support the wellbeing of staff at our hospitals.

The wellbeing room at QMC. There are a wide range of chairs and colourful lights
Wellbeing Centres at City Hospital and Queen’s Medical Centre, where staff could take a break and get refreshments, as well as peer support from trained volunteers
The sleep pod is fully open in a room
Sleep pods, to allow staff to get some rest before or after their shifts
A bench sits in the Hayward House garden. It is surrounded by trees and flowers
Refurbished outdoor areas to provide a quiet space away from the busy hospital environment
Two nurses sit in a wellbeing room. They are both distanced and there is a kitchen behind them
Improved indoor staff areas, with comfortable seating and facilities to store and heat food during breaks from busy shifts

Thanks to a further £363,000 grant from NHS Charities Together, we have also been able to fund a new staff psychological support programme, to provide longer-term support for NHS workers at Nottingham’s hospitals whose mental and emotional health have been affected by their work during the pandemic.

Thank you so much to everyone who supported our Help your Hospitals appeal.

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