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Hospitals launch joint wellbeing campaign for NHS Heroes but urge that 'greatest gift is to stay at home'.

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Just a few of the NHS heroes at Poole Hospital and RBCH

Generous businesses and individuals have donated dozens of goodwill gifts to NHS staff, but grateful workers say the greatest gift is to ‘stay at home’ as they launch a new fundraising campaign keep them well and healthy during the pandemic.

Due to the Covid-19, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and Poole Hospital are launching an urgent appeal for donations to support frontline staff - your local NHS Heroes.

From cleaners, to catering staff, porters, back office administrators, nurses, health care assistants, registrars, paramedics, doctors or consultants - your dedicated NHS staff are going above and beyond during this health emergency.

The money raised will go towards supporting the health and wellbeing of these incredible individuals so they can keep on providing the very best care for their patients.

Update on Thursday 21 May: the trusts are no longer asking for physical gifts such as toileteries or perishable items, such as bread and fruit, as they move to focus resource on the daily running of the hospital.

Instead the trusts are asking buisnesses and individuals to donate online, so that money can be directed towards items that staff need to support their wellbeing and enable them to deliver patient care.

Items include staff counselling support, wash kits for staff treating Covid patients to take showers after a long shift in PPE, and fridges to help staff keep food cool during a busy day at work.

Debbie Fleming, Joint Chief Executive, said: “It has been so heartening to see our communities rallying around our hospitals during these challenging times.

“It is really important that staff across our trusts know just how much they are appreciated.

“Thank you so much to everyone for showing their support for our NHS.”

To donate to Bournemouth Hospital Charity:

Please quote 'NHS Heroes' to ensure the funds are directed towards supporting staff. You can donate in the following ways:

  • Paypal.com/gb/fundraiser/charity/2365724
  • Through Bournemouth Hospital Charity online here or bhcharity.org/donate/
  • Or by cheque. Address your post to:
    Royal Bournemouth Hospital
    Castle Lane East
    BH7 7DW
  • You can also text to donate:
    OURHEROES 3 on 70085 to donate £3
    OURHEROES 5 on 70085 to donate £5
    OURHEROES 10 on 70085 to donate £10
    OURHEROES 20 on 70085 to donate £20
    Texts cost the amount donated plus one standard rate message.
    With all donations please quote NHS HEROES to ensure your donation goes direct to supporting staff.

To donate to Poole Hospital Charity

What our staff think of our NHS Heroes campaign

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RBCH Emergency Department Practice Educator Jen Wilkins, pictured above, said: "Thank you everyone for your kind gifts and generous contributions that you've made to staff.

"We really appreciate it and it has made a massive difference to staff morale, so thank you very much.

"But please the biggest gift you could give us right now is to stay at home for your own safety and others.

"If you'd like to show some support for our workers though, we’d love if you send donations in to our online fund or by sending us certain items that we really need.

"We'll make sure it goes towards funding the things they need most."

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RBCH Porters Manager Nick Williams (left) said: "The Porters team provide a pivotal role for patients and staff within the hospital. The porters are responsible for moving the patients between the wards and taking them for their procedures.

"They support their staff colleagues by moving beds, medical equipment, tissue samples, medical gases, bloods, responding to security calls and a multitude of other tasks."

"We're all part of a big team here and we're proud to play our part during these unsettling times. Any donations from the public are hugely appreciated and will really help keep us going."

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Poole Hospital's Lead Emergency Planning Officer Libby Beesley (left) said: "We are extremely grateful for all donations into the hospital.

"Our staff are touched and encouraged by the goodwill from the local community; the gifts have really helped lift everyone's spirits.

"If you would still like to help by making a donation to our Poole Hospital Heroes fund, we can ensure we continue to provide help and support where it's needed most."

A spokesman for Bournemouth Hospital Charity said: "We support our staff in a number of ways and I know we are already receiving requests for money to support them at this time, so these donations will be very much appreciated.

"If you're working from home you could donate the cost of your daily commute or your takeaway coffee - we'll make sure your money keeps our frontline staff going.

"Thanks again, communities coming together in a time of need is a powerful thing."

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Poole Hospital Fundraising Manager Sara Fripp (left) said: "We're incredibly proud of all the staff here at Poole Hospital.

"Their willingness to step up and do what needs to be done during these frightening times is nothing short of heroic.

"With help from the local community, we can provide the extra things that ensure their well-being is looked after, whilst they look after our community.

"Please do what you can to support this campaign - it can make all the difference."