The NHS and carers across the country have been working tirelessly in the fight against Covid-19. Many families have posted rainbows in windows, and we each come out to clap for carers each Thursday evening.
To show our appreciation, our first role is to Stay Home, Protect the NHS, and Save Lives. However many are also wanting to directly support the NHS and carers during this time. This page provides information on how you can support those on the front line.
Supporting the National Health Service
The NHS launched an appeal for NHS Volunteer Responders to help during the crisis, however this had to be paused to process the first 750,000 who registered. However locally there are still ways you can help.
Ashford and St Peters' Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust serves 410,000 residents living in the boroughs of Runnymede, Spelthorne, Woking and parts of Elmbridge. All 3,800 members of staff are playing a crucial role in caring for those requiring direct medical support.
If you would like to make a donation to the Trust, please see the following links:
- For financial donations, please visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/fund/asphcovid19 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- For donations of goods/ non-perishable food and drinks / ‘goodies’ please email the Staff Engagement Officer at email@example.com
- Donations of PPE can be discussed via Helen Collins – Head of Patient Experience and Involvement at Helen.firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note: while many people have kindly offered to donate items to the hospital for staff, the Trust has advised they cannot accept donations of home cooked food or flowers. If you wish to make a donation please do contact the Trust using the above details before visiting the site.
The Care Workers' Charity provides support and financial assistance to current and former care workers. If you or someone you know need their support, please visit https://www.thecareworkerscharity.org.uk/. To make a donation to the CWC to help provide crisis grants to carers in need, please visit here.
A number of charities and organisations also provide information and support to carers. Please see their details below.
Carers UK provides invaluable support to unpaid carers, many of whom are currently looking after some of the most vulnerable residents in our communities. They have created a number of resources to support carers at this time. These include:
- Dedicated advice pages
- an email advice line: email@example.com
- a telephone Helpline service 0808 808 7777 (available 9am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
- an online forum, run by carers, for carers
- a local directory for carers, with details of local carers organisations and local authority support
Carers Direct is a support service provided by the NHS. Support available includes:
- a telephone helpline on 0300 123 1053 (open Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm and weekends, 11am to 4pm)
- Online webchat
- Get help by email
- Ask if you need a translator
If you or someone you know is a carer, and are in need of information or advice, please use the links above or email firstname.lastname@example.org for help and support.