Date: September 2020
Mid and South Essex Hospitals Charity would like to say a huge thank you to the population of Essex for the support they have shown our organisations over the last few months.
Inundated with support
We have been inundated with support from the community which is heart-warming to see. Your kind contributions, both financial and kind gifts, have supported our staff and patients at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals through this challenging time.
The money raised through our COVID19 Rapid Response Appeal was in place to help assist wherever the need was greatest and is currently funding projects such as:
- Care packages to provide snacks and toiletries for teams as they work intensively to care for patients.
- Wellbeing resources to help alleviate stress for people while working under constant pressure; including PTSD support.
- Establishing fully equipped staff rest areas as places for people to take a break during periods of intensive work and ensure they are not too tired to drive home.
- The provision of alternative transport to work such as taxi or a minibus if public transport is not available.
- Care packages for patients including toiletries, puzzle/colouring books and dignity clothing.
- Communication aids, such as tablet devices and top-up mobile phones to support patient mental health during isolation by enabling virtual contact with loved-ones.
- Creation and re-design of a woodland retreat and memorial gardens for our staff.
Working around the clock
During this critical time, NHS staff at Basildon, Broomfield and Southend Hospitals are working around the clock to look after patients in their care. As a team working alongside our colleagues in the hospital, MSE Hospitals Charity can make sure items of greatest need are purchased and are safely distributed.
On behalf of our staff and patients, we thank you for your support; every contribution is greatly appreciated
Lucy Thomas Clayton, Charity Director of Mid & South Essex Hospitals Charity, said: “We’ve received some fantastic support from NHS Charities Together which has enabled us to develop a woodland retreat and memorial gardens for our staff over our three hospitals. Alongside some small gifts; such as hand creams and teddy bears – big or small everything we have received truly has made a difference. We rely heavily on public donations to allow us to continue our work within the community. During the last few months our service has been put under more pressure than ever before, but we’ve been overwhelmed by the support we’ve received – from local garden centres donating plants for the memorial garden, to food parcels from other local businesses. We’d like to thank our community supporters and also local businesses across the region for their generous donations, which has highlighted people’s appreciation and shown our staff just how much they are valued by the local community.”
The charity is now shifting its focus back to supporting services right across the hospitals that need help to fund state-of-the-art equipment or vital patient improvement projects. Donations can be made to support the group or to any specific ward, department or appeal of the donor’s choice.
We are also looking for volunteers to help out at our hospitals who are under the age of 65 and in good health.
If you would like to discuss how you can get involved or make a donation please call the charity head office on: 01702 385 337.