The streets are lined with rainbows and #ThankYouNHS banners. Every Thursday, people clap in unison to say thank you to the country’s key workers.
Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust staff are humbled at the continued public outpouring of support. As we continue to make our way through these challenging times, we would like to say thank you too.
Firstly, we’d like to thank our dedicated staff who are working hard to ensure we can continue to deliver high quality care.
We also want to thank the local businesses, groups and individuals who have been offering us support. Several businesses have provided personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline workers and we’ve been donated various items that have bought smiles to the faces of our patients and staff.
Suzanne Tracey, Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust Chief Executive said: “We want to shine a light on our brilliant, dedicated staff and the fantastic work they’re doing in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
“Everyone – from our community and acute nurses, porters, administration and clerical support teams, doctors and housekeeping staff to name just a few – plays a crucial role in saving lives.
“We’d also like to thank the public for their continued support throughout this crisis, which has been shown to us in a number of ways.
“But the best way the public can thank our staff is to stay at home and follow government guidance on social distancing, which they’ve been doing really well at so far.”
NDHT’s charity Over and Above has set up a new fundraising campaign to support staff during this time. If you would like to donate, go online at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/HelpUsHelpYou or send a cheque payable to Over and Above to: The Fundraising Office, Northern Devon Healthcare Trust, Raleigh Park, Barnstaple, Devon, EX31 4JB.
Offers of help – if you would like to offer something to help our staff please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are interested in volunteering, you can email email@example.com to support our locally co-ordinated response.