The WISHH charity’s latest appeal has raised nearly £63,000, which will be spent on improvement projects requested by Hull hospitals’ staff and management teams, making a difference to the working lives of staff at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill hospitals.
Lisa Whitton, WISHH charity manager, says: “The COVID-19 outbreak has brought with it fear, uncertainty and a massive change to our normal lives. Despite all of this, the generosity of members of our local community, businesses, charities and fundraisers have all come together to prove just how amazing our community truly is, by supporting the WISHH Charity’s COVID-19 Appeal.”
Here’s how the money raised is making a direct difference to Hull hospitals’ staff:
Supporting the introduction of 40 sanctuary rooms across hospitals for staff to take time out away from the work environment and recharge, by providing distraction boxes containing mindfulness and wellbeing information, signposting and distraction activities e.g. colouring books, puzzles and snacks.
Providing new tables and chairs for outdoor areas for staff and patients to use.
Face, hand and barrier creams to soothe skin following continued wearing of PPE, and the provision of hundreds of wellbeing packs for staff seeking emotional support from occupational health teams and the pastoral support team. The packs include including personal hygiene products, body lotions and hand creams and a positive thank you note to recipients.
Providing new and replacement facilities in staff rooms across the hospitals including the Queen’s Centre, Women and Children’s Hospital, Paediatric Wards and Emergency Department.
Supporting established community groups in the production of extra scrubs for Hull Hospital’s clinical staff.
Provision of iPads/tablets to enable staff to access welfare support, make contact with patients’ loved ones, and other personal use.
Supporting the Trust in providing free refreshments and snacks for staff across Hull Hospitals, and making access to these at more locally accessible areas close to wards and departments.
Chairman of the WISHH Charity, Sue Lockwood said: “We said at the outset that hospital staff were best placed to tell us how they would benefit most from funds raised by the WISHH COVID-19 Appeal. I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the appeal and to those still helping us to raise funds. It is thanks to you that we have been able to direct your gift right to where our local hospital staff have said it is needed most.
“In a challenging situation like this pandemic we have seen from staff requests that often it is the seemingly little things which make a difference to morale and the wellbeing especially to those on the front line but also those across the hospitals who support them. Thank you everyone who through our appeal campaign is helping us make a difference.”
Chris Long, Chief Executive at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “The support and the generosity of our local community continues to amaze me. Our staff are working really hard to support people affected by COVID-19 and their relatives, both on the frontline providing direct care to patients and behind the scenes, enabling our clinical staff to get on and do what they do best.
“Just as our staff are looking out for our patients, we’re really grateful for the fact that the WISHH charity, with the help of local fundraisers, businesses and charities are looking out for our staff. The support we have received has been phenomenal and we are truly grateful.”
To get involved and support any element of the campaign, donations can be made via the Just Giving page https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/wishhappeal
Cheques can be made payable to “WISHH Charity” posted to the WISHH Office, COVID-19 Appeal, First Floor Administration Block, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, HU16 5JQ.
Contact the WISHH team via email WISHHappeal@hey.nhs.uk or call Lisa Whitton on 07827 881766.
[Lisa Whitton – WISHH]