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Hospitals charity Covid appeal raises £116,000

8:00 am  //  27th October 2020

The charity appeal to support staff, patients and volunteers through the Covid-19 pandemic has raised more than £116,000.

Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals Charity launched the appeal in April with a video from staff explaining what life was like at the height of the first wave of infection. Six months later big-hearted fundraisers have given £116,493 to the appeal.

Dozens of individual donations included fundraising efforts like that of Seren Farrington, from Southport, who raised £1,525 selling pictures she had made to countries all over the world.

Seren and Wade with a cheque for the money they raised

Running out of things to draw while on lockdown, she asked friends and relatives for inspiration which led to her selling “commissioned” work with brother Wade, six, to help raise money for the appeal.

The total was boosted further by grants from NHS Charities Together, the national organisation for NHS charities, which has raised more than £130m so far this year. Chief among their fundraisers was 100-year-old Capt Sir Tom Moore who single-handedly raised £30m.

All funds raised for the appeal will go towards the purchase of key equipment and services. Anything raised over and above what we might need now will go towards helping our hospitals continue to give exceptional care in the future.

Funds committed so far include:

  • A wellbeing garden at Southport hospital to enable and enhance recovery, rehabilitation, mental well-being, post-traumatic stress and depression, especially around Covid-19, for both patients and staff
  • iPads, portable DVDs and Nintendo Switches for the children’s department at Ormskirk hospital
  • Subscription to Nightingale Frontline, a NHS England leadership support service, providing remote, small groups sessions for nurses and midwives to lead effectively and be inspired to lead beyond the Covid crisis
  • Extra-long outdoor benches for socially-distancing sitting out

 

Neil Masom, chair of the Southport and Ormskirk Hospitals Charity trustees, said: “When we relaunched the hospitals charity less than a year ago, we could never have imagined how important it would become in the months ahead.

“I’m hugely grateful to everyone who has given to this important appeal and we’re working hard to make sure the funds raised are put to practical use as quickly as possible.

“Every single donation, no matter the size really does have a tangible and lasting impact on the lives of our patients, staff and volunteers.”

 

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