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NHS Charities Together Covid-19 appeal funds over 600 projects

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NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Urgent Appeal, which raised £150 million, has funded over 600 projects across the UK. These are helping patients, volunteers, communities and NHS staff across the UK.

The record-breaking sum and how it was spent are detailed in the charity’s 2020 Annual Report.

NHS Charities Together is an independent national charity representing 240 NHS charities in the UK. Its emergency appeal last attracted the support of Captain Sir Tom Moore, Joe Wicks, Premier League footballers, and many people across the UK. The funds that it raises “enable the health service to go above and beyond what would otherwise be possible”.

How the money was spent

In total last year, NHS Charities Together allocated over £110 million to its member charities:

£42 million to meet urgent needs within the NHS£33 million to support projects in the community£35 million to support the recovery of the NHS

Funds are still being allocated this year.

Projects funded in 2020 included:

counselling services for NHS staffhelplinespractical support (e.g. access to necessary food, drink and rest areas)intensive psychological support for post-traumatic stress disorderbroader patient focused initiatives funding research into Long Covidbereavement supportdigital devices to keep isolated patients connected with loved onesspecialist equipment.

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This year NHS Charities Together has also funded thousands of emergency first responder volunteers to help take pressure off overstretched ambulance services.

Captain Tom Moore helped inspire giving to the NHS Charities Together appeal.Thank you for NHS Charities Together

Ellie Orton OBE, Chief Executive of NHS Charities Together, said: “Back in March 2020, as the pandemic began to escalate, there was a phenomenal outpouring of support from the UK public for the NHS, and we still feel completely blown away by their generosity. Despite how heart-breaking this time was for all of us, people wanted to show their gratitude and show how much the sacrifices of NHS staff meant…

“We are now facing a long period of recovery, with a significant toll on exhausted workers, a backlog of patients, and clinics that are busier than ever. NHS staff are continuing to be there for us despite the ongoing challenges, but we must continue to be there for them in the long term.”

The beginning of the appeal in March 2020. Image: NHS Charities Together

Kate Sinclair is Staff Nurse in the ICU at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. Funded by the North Wales NHS charity, Awyr Las, using NHS Charities Together grants, her team have been able to help extremely sick patients cope with anxiety and isolation due to Covid-19, keeping them connected with family members by funding equipment like iPads to enable virtual visiting.

She said: “The funding has made all the difference to so many patients and staff. It has been so traumatic seeing patients isolated from loved ones during the pandemic. We were able to fund devices that enabled patients to see their loved ones – tragically, sometimes to say goodbye to them – which made all the difference to them at that difficult moment.”

Image: NHS Charities Together

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