Medway Citizens Advice

Hug Your Hospital Appeal

Citizens Advice Medway along with key partners are launching the ‘Hug Your Hospital’ appeal to encourage and enable the residents of Medway to show how much they care about their local hospital.

Our Advice charity is working hard during this Coronavirus Pandemic and helping hundreds of residents daily. However we along with partners have been supporting the Critical Care Team at Medway hospital with essential items and treats.

To register your support for the ‘Hug Your Hospital’ appeal, please call 01634 383760 or click here.

The League of Friends have always been there for the incredible NHS staff working in Medway Foundation Trust and are invaluable as is money raised through the Medway Hospital Charity’s appeal . This appeal is different and is focusing its efforts on supporting the health and wellbeing of clinical and non-clinical staff being hailed by the local community as “hospital heroes”.

Dan McDonald, Chief Executive Officer for Citizens Advice Medway, said:
“These are difficult times for us all but none more so than for those NHS Nursing heroes on the frontline saving peoples lives. This Appeal is a chance for all those residents who show their support and clap every Thursday evening to do something more permanent. This appeal is not about money, it is about support, a virtual hug. A chance for the whole community to wrap their arms around our local hospital and react with goodwill and kindness when a request for help comes in.This could start with little things like pizzas, drinks and snacks to provide quick and easy refreshment for teams working in extraordinary circumstances.

It could be pamper and comfort packs to help nurses on a daily basis whilst on duties in their wards.Just imagine how great it would be to have a list of residents and companies willing to donate their time, expertise, services or items whenever needed. Imagine being able to call on a local Tradesman to help with a sensory garden or to install a rest area for the hardworking NHS staff.

We not only want to show our support whilst they are working in the hospital but also whilst they are living in our communities. We can go that step further if someone is struggling and ensure support is immediately available. I don’t want to see our NHS Heroes struggling to buy food whilst trying to afford their living accommodation or pay bills.

Going forward there is going to be much that we all need to do. I hope you will be able to help in this mission, not just for a few months until this pandemic disappears, but more permanently in tribute to our NHS Staff. Not only for nurses but for all those heroes connected with the hospital for example our amazing Ambulance crews, without them critical services wouldn’t be able to function.

From cradle to grave, the NHS, and the incredible professionals who work in hospitals, GP surgeries, clinics, care homes and more, is a part of British life. But in the context of the extraordinary circumstances we now find ourselves living in as a result of the coronavirus outbreak, what they’re doing is superhuman, and we’ve never needed them more.

It’s time to say thanks and register your HUG!"

James Devine, Chief Executive of Medway Foundation Trust, said:
“We are so proud of our dedicated staff who are showing real resilience in helping us to deal with the coronavirus outbreak. Not only are they providing the best of care to those who most need it at this time, but many staff are away from their own families and working long hours in difficult circumstances, so they can be there for us all. The ‘HUG YOUR HOSPITAL’ appeal is a fantastic idea – support like this means a huge amount to our amazing staff."

Ashley Hook, Chief Executive of MHS Homes, said:
“We want to send the wonderful team at Medway Maritime Hospital a big hug to show our appreciation. We know they’re all giving us the best possible care, not just during this outbreak but every day. We’re very lucky to have such a dedicated and professional team caring for the people of Medway. We hope everyone working in the hospital and other health and social care settings, in all positions, know that they have the total support and respect of the whole community – everyone is behind you and we thank you for what you’re doing.”

Cllr Alan Jarrett, Leader of Medway Council, said:
"The HUG YOUR HOSPITAL appeal is something we should all be prepared to support. At this time of national crisis we have seen the best of people, none more so than the nursing and other staff at Medway Maritime Hospital who daily, hour by hour, risk their own health to support those in most need. It is not just the physical health of these staff that needs to be considered, but their mental health too. It is difficult to imagine the strain these staff are subjected to as they fight to save lives and return people to their communities’ fit and healthy in preparation for the rest of their lives. HUG YOUR HOSPITAL, and support the heroic efforts of the staff that work there every day to keep us fit and safe."

Cllr Vince Maple, Opposition Leader, said:
"Our brilliant community of Medway is truly a place of compassion. In these unprecedented times the hard working NHS staff deserve that compassion. The "Hug Your Hospital" initiative being launched by Dan McDonald at Citizens Advice Medway and supported by many in the community will be a tangible, practical way for people to show that compassion to the women and men working 24/7 for us all."

To register your support for the ‘Hug Your Hospital’ appeal, please call 01634 383760 or click here.

Dan McDonald
CEO, Citizens Advice Medway

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