The coronavirus pandemic has caused a huge impact on our everyday lives and has brought with it fear, uncertainty and sadness.
But within the walls of Hull's hospitals are heroes putting themselves at risk on the frontline at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital who have given it their all to tackle this crisis.
And their hard work has not gone unrecognised by those in our community, who have reached in to their pockets to help fund those working in the NHS in our region.
At Hull Live, we have also set up a campaign called Help Hull's Hospital Heroes hoping to raise £25,000 for NHS staff to help make their working lives easier. Click here to read more.
The appeal is being run in partnership with the WISHH Charity’s COVID-19 Appeal, which has already received almost £63,000 in donations from members of the public outside of our own appeal.
Thanks to your generosity, WISHH Trustees have already approved improvement projects requested by hospital staff and management teams, to make a difference for the staff of both Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital.
The generosity and donations by members of our local community, businesses, charities and fundraisers is making a direct difference to Hull Hospitals staff working around the clock to provide care for critically ill patients in these challenging times by:
Helping Hull's Hospital Heroes is a campaign launched by Hull Live and the Hull Daily Mail to raise £25,000 to support our incredible hospital staff.
Workers at Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital have been at the frontline of the coronavirus pandemic, caring for the most seriously ill patients.
The campaign aims to raise money to support staff and provide them with small treats to lift their spirits and say thank you for their incredible work.
Donations will go to the charity WISHH - Working Independently to Support Hull’s Hospitals - so will go directly towards hospital workers in Hull.
How you can help
A donation of...
£5 will support a front line nurse with a meal, drinks and a snack.
£10 will provide a nurse with a wellbeing care package including protective face and hand creams to care for skin from constant mask and PPE wearing.
£100 will provide a Wellbeing Room Box, accessible to ward staff with mindfulness and distraction items to help them relax including journals, colouring and puzzle books, felt tip pens, puzzles, distraction games and wellbeing books. The ideas for the contents of these boxes have been inspired by the staff.
In addition to the above, the charity proposes to spend between £1,000 and £3,000 to help make enhancements to staff rest rooms in the hospitals by improving the availability of and access to drinks facilities including coffee machines, microwaves and improving furnishings to enable staff to take a break.
The more money that is donated will enable the charity to support as many of Hull's 9,500 hospital staff as possible, helping the charity to support them during and beyond the pandemic.
How to donate
You can donate through the dedicated JustGiving page here.
Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to WISHH Charity, writing on the back ‘Hull Live COVID-19 appeal’ and sent to the WISHH Office, Hull Live COVID-19 Appeal, First Floor Administration Block, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, HU16 5JQ.
Chairman of the WISHH Charity, Sue Lockwood said: “We said at the outset that hospital staff were best placed to tell us how they would benefit most from funds raised by the WISHH COVID-19 Appeal.
"I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who has donated to the appeal and to those still helping us to raise funds.
"It is thanks to you that we have been able to direct your gift right to where our local hospital staff have said it is needed most.
“In a challenging situation like this pandemic we have seen from staff requests that often it is the seemingly little things which make a difference to morale and the wellbeing especially to those on the front line but also those across the hospitals who support them.
"Thank you everyone who through our appeal campaign is helping us make a difference.”
Chris Long, Chief Executive at Hull University Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust is also "amazed" by the support and the generosity of the local community.
"Our staff are working really hard to support people affected by COVID-19 and their relatives, both on the frontline providing direct care to patients and behind the scenes, enabling our clinical staff to get on and do what they do best," he said.
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“Just as our staff are looking out for our patients, we’re really grateful for the fact that the WISHH charity, with the help of local fundraisers, businesses and charities are looking out for our staff.
"The support we have received has been phenomenal and we are truly grateful”.
To get involved and support any element of the campaign, donations can be made via our Just Giving page here.
Cheques can be made payable to “WISHH Charity” posted to the WISHH Office, COVID-19 Appeal, First Floor Administration Block, Castle Hill Hospital, Castle Road, Cottingham, HU16 5JQ.