Dudley hospital charity appeals for donations to fund staff meals and emotional support

Residents and organisations are being urged to support hardworking medical staff in Dudley who are again facing the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.

Diane Wake is the chief executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust
Diane Wake is the chief executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust

The charity which supports Russell Hall Hospital says staff are now facing the same physical and emotional challenges as at the onset of Covid-19 due to the surge in cases caused by the Omicron variant.

Diane Wake, chief executive of The Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, said: “As successful as the vaccination programme has been, the new year has begun with our staff facing immense pressures as a result of increasing cases of the virus amongst the public and our frontline staff themselves.

“Yet they are facing up to this renewed challenge with inspiring levels of resilience, bravery and professionalism. Always putting patients care first, often ahead of taking care of themselves.”

Nithee Kotecha, the trust's fundraising and community development lead, added: “Our community stepped up magnificently last year, now we need their support again to help us look after the physical and emotional wellbeing of staff throughout this difficult time, as they continue to work hard to serve our communities.”

Suggestions for donations include:

  • £5 could cover a hot meal for a frontline staff member who is unable to leave the ward on a 12-hour shift.

  • £15 could fund a wellness pack for one of our extremely stretched staff members, particularly those in financial hardship.

  • £50 could help provide emotional support for a nurse at the end of a gruelling shift.

  • £10,000-£20,000 could refurbish a staff room where staff can relax as they spend some much-needed time away from wards.

Other projects include sponsoring staff celebrations or by supplying items including toiletries.

To donate money visit the Dudley Group Covid Crisis Appeal 2022 website justgiving.com/campaign/NHSThankYou. To donate items contact via email dgft.fundraising@nhs.net or phone 01384 456111 ext 3403.

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