Supporting Carers and the NHS

The NHS and carers across the country have been working tirelessly in the fight against Covid-19. 

To show our appreciation, our first role is to follow the guidance in order to minimise risks and protect those vulnerable and our front line staff. 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:

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.


Supporting Carers

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 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:


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 for help and support.

See Also

Coronavirus Advice


Many people are concerned over Coronavirus and what it means for them, their families and communities. This page has been designed to provide up-to-date information, guidance and advice, including:

Health information

Government Information and Advice


Nourish Our Nurses

This morning I had the pleasure of joining the amazing team behind ‘Nourish Our Nurses’, the local volunteer project organised by Jo-Ann Airikkala and Debi Peppin to provide fresh food to NHS Staff.