This is how your donations have been supporting staff at West Sussex hospitals

Hampers filled with morale boosting treats have been rolled out to NHS staff at St Richard’s and Worthing Hospital giving round-the-clock care to patients during the coronavirus pandemic.

Hospital staff at St Richards
Hospital staff at St Richards

The packs have been made possible thanks to public donations to the Hospital Heroes COVID-19 Appeal launched by Love Your Hospital, the dedicated charity of Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

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Trust volunteers kindly stepped in to help fill the packs which contain non-perishable items such as coffee, tea, soup, energy bars, biscuits, hand creams and lip balms.

Hospital staff at St Richards

Staff in emergency accommodation will also receive shower gels, toothpaste and toothbrushes while away from their homes and families.

The appeal, which was launched to support the health and wellbeing of hospital staff – including nurses, doctors, paramedics, domestic cleaners, pharmacists, porters and other healthcare professionals – has currently raised

more than £28,000.

Hanna Bryant, a staff nurse on the Critical Care Unit at St Richard’s Hospital said: “Support for Love Your Hospital’s appeal has shown us how much the local community cares.

Worthing Hospital intensive care unit staff

“These care packs will help keep our spirits and energy levels high as we battle COVID19.

“A huge thank you to everyone who has donated so far.”

Gerthy Albano, Matron for General Surgery, said: “Staff at Worthing Hospital are overwhelmed at the show of love from the local community.

“These comfort packs will really help those on the frontline as they work tirelessly during this crisis.

Some of the supplies

“A huge thank you to everyone for their support, it means the world to us.”

David Clayton-Evans, head of charity at Love Your Hospital, said: “The response to our Hospital Heroes COVID-19 Appeal has been incredible.

“Thanks to amazing public support, not only will we be able to continue to provide care packs to staff who need them most, but we’ll be supplying kettles and ongoing supplies to newly created ‘quiet spaces’ where staff can take a well-earned rest during periods of intensive work.”

To donate to Love Your Hospital’s Hospital Heroes COVID-19 appeal visit the justgiving page here.

Some of the care packs for staff

Financial donations may also be sent to: Love Your Hospital COVID-19 Appeal, St Richard’s Hospital, Stillman House, Spitalfield Lane, Chichester PO19 6SE or to make a donation by credit card over the phone, please call 0800 028 4890.

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Volunteers preparing the packs
Volunteers preparing the packs