Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation reaches a milestone half way mark in their Covid-19 Appeal

Edinburgh and Lothians Health Foundation reaches a milestone half way mark in their Covid-19 Appeal
May 26, 2020

Edinburgh and Lothian’s Health Foundation, the official charity partner of NHS Lothian, has reached the halfway mark in its Appeal to raise money to support NHS Lothian staff and patients impacted by Coronavirus.

Launched in March 2020, the Foundation set a fundraising target for the Appeal of £1,000,000 to support NHS Lothian in its response to Covid-19 through the funding of wellbeing initiatives, additional resources, technology and equipment, in addition to what is provided through core funding.

Generous donations received so far have helped provide:

  • Tablets and mobile phones to allow patients who are isolated to keep in touch with loved ones while visiting restrictions are in place.
  • Support for wellbeing rooms, including recliner chairs, TVs, appliances and furnishings so that staff who are working long and busy shifts have a place to go to get some much needed rest, relaxation and downtime.
  • Free foot massages to help relieve stress, delivered by professional complementary therapists (with approved PPE and social distancing).
  • Wellbeing boxes for community health teams including District Nurses to ensure that they have the same access to support as teams in the hospitals. Boxes include sleep packs, toiletries such as handcream and lip balm, snacks, refreshments, car chargers and headphones as well as advice and guidance on how to look after their own health and wellbeing as they respond to the needs of their patients.
  • Accommodation costs for hotel rooms for staff who are self-isolating from their families.
  • Hot food vending machines to ensure staff have access to hot meals during long and busy shifts.
  • Baskets of fresh fruit for wellbeing rooms to ensure staff have access to healthy and nutritious snacks.
  • Hot drinks, snacks and refreshments to keep staff hydrated and energised
  • A staff listening service offered by the Spiritual Care Team to support NHS Lothian staff who are under extreme pressure during these challenging times.
  • Art and activity packs to help reduce patient anxiety, depression and boredom, especially while visiting restrictions are in place.
  • Shopping vouchers to allow volunteers to quickly respond to patient needs while visitors are not able to drop off essentials for hospital stays.
  • Food packages for patients who are going home with nothing in their cupboards or fridges and no initial access to food shopping.
    Nicola Sinclair, Head of Fundraising at Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation said: “We are so grateful to everyone who has donated so far and helped us raise over £500,000. This has allowed us to respond quickly and effectively to any urgent needs as they arose. There is no doubt those needs will change over the coming months and we will continue to work with NHS Lothian to help identify ongoing requirements that emerge as they respond to the Covid-19 situation.”

    She added: “We are also planning on a strategic level with NHS Lothian executives to look at a number of larger initiatives that will help address the psychological toll of the pandemic and help staff fully recover once the crisis has abated, reducing the long-term impact on them and the people they care about. The effects of this pandemic will be felt within community settings for much longer than acute hospitals and we will continue to fundraise to reach our £1m target to ensure that we can support both patients and staff in the ongoing fight against Coronavirus.”

    Your continued donations will help Edinburgh & Lothians Health Foundation support both the physical and emotional wellbeing of staff as well as long term resilience across the whole region both now and in the recovery from the Coronavirus.

    If you would like to donate or link your fundraising activities to our Covid-19 Appeal, follow the link below to our JustGiving page.

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