Coventrians donate £80k to support frontline workers at University Hospital

Donations to UHCW Charity have helped it create care packages for frontline staff, develop solutions to treat high-risk patients outside of hospital and more.

Pictured: Frontline workers on the critical care team at University Hospital Coventry.

University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire (UHCW) Charity has expressed its gratitude after successfully raising almost £80,000 as part of their NHS Superheroes Appeal.

The charity began a fundraising drive at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic to support its frontline staff and patients.

The drive saw a quick response from individuals, community groups and corporate donors across Coventry, enabling the charity to put together ‘Superhero Care Boxes’ for frontline staff at UHCW.

The charity also purchased 80 iPads for use by patients on COVID-19 positive wards, keeping them entertained as they were unable to have visits from friends and family.

As hospital staff adjusted to the impact of the pandemic, UHCW Charity was also able to fund urgent grant requests in the hospital as routine services became negatively affected.

The cardiac rehabilitation programmes at both Coventry and Rugby hospitals had to be stood down as the pandemic progressed, potentially leaving all cardiac patients with no means for structured rehabilitation.

UHCW Charity funding helped provide an evidence-based programme for individuals which allowed rehabilitation to carry on at home, meaning high-risk patients could avoid having to go to the hospital during the height of the pandemic.

Cardiac rehabilitation patient Mark told us, “Having a resource that I can use at home, and look at on a week by week basis to track my progress, made me feel very supported alongside my rehab phone calls.”

As restrictions relaxed at the hospital over the summer, the charity again stepped in to support staff wellbeing.

Hospital managers found that their Critical Care teams did not think of themselves as heroes, so the charity provided funding to create thank you cards highlighting public appreciation of Coventry’s frontline workers.

As we go into the winter months, UHCW Charity has renewed its call for Coventrians to support the charity if they can.

Jo O’Sullivan, the director of the charity, said: “Our hospital staff have faced the toughest of challenges over the course of this pandemic, risking their own mental and physical health to look after us all.

“Just knowing that you care enough to donate and support them, helps them to keep going and to treat our loved ones suffering from COVID-19, holding the hand of far too many of them as they pass away.

“As they prepare for the second wave of this pandemic, we would all like to thank you for your amazing support.”

For more information and to donate to UHCW Charity, visit justgiving.com/campaign/nhsheroes.