During these unprecedented times, there's been enormous support
and generosity from local people towards the NHS - from children
drawing rainbows to the Thursday evening 'clap for carers' - the
sense of our community pulling together behind those delivering and
supporting front line care has been inspiring.
The goodwill directed to the staff and patients at County Durham
and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust, which includes Darlington
Memorial Hospital, University Hospital of North Durham, Bishop
Auckland Hospital and five community hospitals, came in many forms,
from local educational establishments, and others, giving their own
supplies of PPE (personal protective equipment), to late night
pizza deliveries and over 3,300 financial donations - plus three
grants totalling over £300,000.
Pat Chambers, the Trust's Charity Manager, says, "Our charitable
funds are used to enhance patient care and wellbeing in all sorts
of ways and we'd like to offer a huge thank you to everyone who
contributed - every penny and every thoughtful delivery
helped. For instance, we purchased large recliner chairs for
staff areas we created within our restaurants - they're incredibly
popular with those in need of a little time away. We also
purchased 72 iPads for wards, enabling patients unable to receive
visitors to keep in touch with loved ones - families felt reassured
being able to see the patient rather than just speaking to them on
the phone. We also purchased conferencing equipment so that
during the rapidly evolving situation, colleagues based at
different sites could 'meet' to coordinate plans.
"It's often the little things that mean the most and we received
several thousand Easter Eggs - including over 1300 from the Dolphin
Centre in Darlington. Many teams across frontline and support
services worked the Bank Holidays, so knowing they were in peoples
thoughts meant a lot.
"Morrisons, Holland & Barrett, Rockcliffe Hall Hotel and
Ramside Hall Hotel donated generous 'goody bags' and essentials
including toothpaste and toothbrushes for patients admitted without
"The amazing people in local sewing groups helped supplement our
supply of scrubs and also made over 3000 laundry bags for our
clinical staff to take scrubs home to be washed- unbelievable
generosity and kindness!
"Much of our fundraising traditionally takes place by holding or
attending large scale events, which isn't possible at the moment
and, as we really don't know when it may be possible again we're
trying to finding new ways to fundraise. We're also more
dependent than ever on individuals and businesses raising money for
us - if you think you can help, we'd love to hear from you."
To contact the Charity Team: Phone: 01325 743781.