Newcastle Hospitals NHS Charity is thanking the local community for their generous outpouring of support for patients and staff.
The Charity is encouraging people to continue to show their support for staff and patients at Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust by donating, giving gifts in kind or sharing their support on social media.
Newcastle Hospitals, which runs the Royal Victoria Infirmary and the Freeman Hospital and community services across the City, has been touched by offers of support and donations from the local community.
All NHS staff from doctors and nurses on the front-line of COVID-19, to colleagues across a whole range of services and departments including IT, cleaning, catering, estates, porters, pharmacy, administrative services, community nurses and domiciliary services are working tirelessly to support the Coronavirus response.
Donations to Newcastle Hospital NHS Charity enable the Trust to provide a range of items and services for patients and staff that aren’t routinely funded by the government.
Professor Sir John Burn, Chair of Newcastle Upon Tyne Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, speaking on behalf of the Trust’s NHS Charity, said: “We are really grateful to the kind hearted people and the businesses community who have been in touch to bring generous gifts.
“In light of the COVID-19 situation there are going to be staff and patients who will need our help and we are inviting donations. Every single penny that is generously donated will be used to support our patients and staff.
“This is a very unusual situation for all of us and we know things are difficult for our local community as jobs and businesses are affected. With that in mind, we would like to emphasise that there are a number of ways to show your support and say thank you. Any donation, no matter what size, is very welcome, and will help our colleagues and patients throughout the tremendous challenge we are all facing.”