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The WUTH Charity COVID-19 Support Fund reaches £50,000

The WUTH Charity COVID-19 Support Fund, which is a joint appeal between Wirral University Teaching Hospital (WUTH) and the Wirral Globe, has reached £50,000 thanks to the generosity of people in the community. WUTH runs Arrowe Park Hospital, Clatterbridge Hospital and the Wirral Women and Children’s Hospital.

Many groups and individuals have donated or fundraised over the past few months and their donations will be put to good use through projects that contribute to the health and wellbeing of staff and patients.

This WUTH Charity appeal was launched on 8th April with the intention of raising funds for the Trust during and after the Covid-19 pandemic. It will be used on projects to enhance the well-being of our NHS Staff, volunteers, patients at its sites, including Arrowe Park and Clatterbridge hospitals.

Lockdown measures led to some creativity on the part of a number of the fundraisers, including the postal workers from Moreton, who made fancy dress deliveries to homes in Moreton and Leasowe. One brave man had an eye-watering nose hair wax from his young son and another asked his friends to guess the due date of his baby!

Runners are traditionally great fundraisers, but lockdown greatly reduced their running opportunities. Rising to the challenge, our runners covered 475 miles, equivalent to around 26 marathons, using their permitted leisure time runs.

Janelle Holmes, Chief Executive at Wirral University Teaching Hospital, said: “I would like to say a big thank you, on behalf of everyone at the Trust to the people of Wirral and beyond who have been so generous in their donations to our COVID-19 Support Fund appeal. Their support has meant so much to our staff. I would also like to also say a huge thank you to the Wirral Globe for their support with the appeal. We are now asking our colleagues for their proposals on how they would like to see this spent so it can benefit staff and patients at our hospitals.”

Work is already underway on one project at Arrowe Park Hospital to improve outdoor spaces. There will also be new benches to help people enjoy a much needed break in the fresh air.

Victoria Burrows, Head of Fundraising for the Trust and WUTH Charity, said: “Support for our hospital Charity has grown so much over recent weeks thanks to the generosity and kindness of the whole community. People have been so creative with their fundraising; the Charity team have really enjoyed talking to people about their efforts.”

It’s not just the donations that have given the people who work in the hospitals here such a good feeling; it’s also some of the lovely goodwill messages that have accompanied them on their JustGiving pages, such as:

‘May God bless you and keep you safe’

‘Thanks for all your exceptional service at this most challenging time’

‘We are so proud of all the work you are doing to fight COVID-19 virus’

‘Thank you to all the doctors and nurses and all the other frontline staff working so hard to look after our loved ones’

‘A huge thank you to the cleaners and porters too’

‘Thank you for all the love and care you give day in and day out, the people of Wirral truly appreciate you all’

It’s not too late to get involved, you can contact the team on 0151 482 7788 / wuth.charity@nhs.net

- they would love to hear from you.