The Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust

Leeds Cares launches urgent appeal to support NHS Hospitals

20 March 2020

The unexpected arrival of coronavirus is placing continued pressure on our local NHS services in Leeds, following a difficult winter. As the official charity partner of Leeds Teaching Hospitals, Leeds Cares has launched an urgent appeal to support our hard-working NHS staff during the challenging times ahead.

The hospitals are well-prepared and have robust plans in place to respond to the coronavirus pandemic. However, staff will be working even harder than usual over the coming weeks and months, with frontline workers going the extra mile to care for patients around the clock.

Our hospitals are run by 18,000 dedicated staff – from doctors and nurses to porters and cleaners – who are all working together to provide the best possible care for patients and their families.

Donations will provide vital support to staff during this busy time; paying for care packages, assistance with travel and accommodation where needed, as well as helping to fund other health and wellbeing initiatives to boost staff morale.

How your donation could make a real difference:
• £10 could pay for a comfort pack for staff who have to stay overnight at short notice
• £50 could stock up a snack area for staff working long hours
• £80 could pay for a hotel room for staff who need to stay close by or isolate from their families to keep working
• £200 could pay for an iPad for patients – supporting education of children and providing vital connections to loved ones
• £1,000 could pay for a hydration station to remain fully stocked with drinks and snacks for staff for a month

Leeds Cares CEO Esther Wakeman said now was the time to get behind our hospitals; “This is an unprecedented situation for all of us and there will be some uncertain weeks ahead. However, during this time, staff in all of our hospitals will continue to go to work and put their patients first. The Leeds community is extremely generous and we hope that all those who can, will make a donation to support our NHS hospitals today.

We’ve already seen wonderful support from local businesses who have been donating and I want to say a huge thank you as I recognise this is a challenging time for you too.”

Those who want to show their support but are not able to make a donation can also leave a dedicated message of support to NHS staff on the Leeds Cares website – at www.leeds-cares.org/messageofsupport

Leeds Cares is also working with companies who might be able to donate services or premises to support the hospitals during this time.
Follow the appeal by using the hashtag #SupportYourNHSHospitals

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