Hospital charity boss Alan McCarthy has spoken of his pride in the resilient NHS staff at St Richard’s Hospital, Chichester, who are showing amazing dedication as they try to help cope with the coronavirus crisis.
His comments come on the back of the launch of an appeal to support staff at the Chichester hospital, as well as those at Worthing and Southlands during the coronavirus crisis.
Funds raised from the appeal will help the charity provide “comfort packs” for staff working long shifts, especially those who are staying in emergency accommodation, away from their own homes and families.
The Hospital Heroes COVID-19 Appeal has been launched by Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, with the aim to try to help staff caring for patients with the virus.
The charity is focusing its efforts on supporting the health and wellbeing of clinical and non-clinical staff being hailed by the local community as “hospital heroes”. Ordinarily, the charity raises funds to provide state-of-the-art medical equipment, upgrade hospital facilities and support staff development.
And McCarthy, who is the trust chairman said:
“We are all so proud of our dedicated staff who are showing real resilience in helping us to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Not only are they caring for the most vulnerable in our communities, but many staff are isolated from their own families and working longer hours than expected so they can be there for us all. I do hope everyone will get behind our charity’s Hospital Heroes COVID-19 appeal to help give back to staff during this challenging time.”
Coronavirus in the UK is still rising and today (Friday) it was announced that Prime Minister Boris Johnson has tested positive for the virus. The Government predicts more cases will emerge in the coming weeks. NHS staff — including nurses, doctors, midwives, paramedics, domestic cleaners, porters, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals — are among the most vital key workers in the ongoing fight against this virus.
Due to hospital restrictions at present, St Richard’s, Worthing and Southlands Hospitals cannot accept physical donations or gifts. Instead, staff are encouraging people to donate money so that the Trust can best decide where the need is greatest.
David Clayton-Evans, head of charity at Love Your Hospital, said:
“We have been amazed at the level of support coming in from people across West Sussex and we know there is a real desire to make sure NHS staff are being cared for too. We have launched this COVID-19 appeal to do just that and I’d like to say a heartfelt thanks in advance to everyone for their support of our wonderful hospital teams who are doing a tremendous job.”
To donate to Love Your Hospital’s Hospital Heroes COVID-19 appeal, visit justgiving.com/campaign/WSHTHospitalHeroes
Financial donations may also be sent to: Love Your Hospital COVID-19 Appeal, St Richard’s Hospital, Stillman House, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester PO19 6SE or to donate by credit card over the phone, call 0800 028 4890.