It is just incredible the way communities have come together during this crisis and we have seen the inventive and creative ways you have to raise funds, including the heroic efforts from people like Colonel Tom Moore, who raised almost £33m for NHS Charities Together. You may be wondering, what happens with all the funds raised and how do they make a difference? We will tell you in due course just what a difference they make as Bay Hospitals Charity have received 84,000 to support hospital staff working under challenging conditions at University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust

David Wilkinson, Director of People and Organisational Development, UHMBT, said: “We are incredibly grateful to have received £84,000 from NHS Charities Together thanks to the many amazing donors and fundraisers who showed their support of our wonderful NHS staff.

“These funds will be used to support the wellbeing of our valued colleagues and volunteers during this difficult time, both in our hospitals and in the community. We have been overwhelmed by the support we have received over the past month, and have already used donations from the community to fund ‘Safe Space’ rooms for colleagues, additional support to colleagues needing to isolate away from their families plus providing baskets of fresh fruit to teams.

“To ensure that we provide the right support to the right people, we are asking colleagues for their thoughts on the best use of the funds so the money is directed to where it will make the most difference. Our trade union colleagues are leading this approach working with our local charities team.”

We have received some great input and wonderful suggestions already from staff on how we can make best use of this amazing donation to make the biggest impact and you can be sure we will keep you updated. After all it is your generosity that is making this happen and we couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you so much