A HOSPITALS charity director helping frontline staff in the coronavirus fight has described the response as ‘incredible’ and hopes to set up a ‘wellbeing shop’ for NHS workers.

Businesses and the community have rallied behind staff at our hospitals including those based at Worcestershire Royal in Worcester, raising over £2,000 for the cause so far.

The director hopes there can soon be a shop to get the donations to workers, including doctors and nurses, who are vital in the ongoing battle against the pandemic.

Jason Levy, director of the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, said: “We have had some incredible support from local and national Worcestershire businesses and the community. Over £2,000 has been raised so far and those funds are already been redirected to support our fight to save lives.”

Business support has come from Tesco, Lidl, Marks and Spencer, Wigleys DIY, Parks Candles, Global Forensics and Kidderminster Harriers Evolved Snacks.

Mr Levy said: “All these companies have contributed to the care packages to support our teams working and supporting the frontline.”

We have previously reported how an appeals telephone number and an email address has been set up by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, allowing the right support to get where it is most needed at the correct time.

Dominic and Andrew Kristy from Evolved Snacks, a new start up Worcestershire family business donated their new fruit bite snacks.

Debbie Polden from Skinsmith donated a selection of her hand creams to be used by staff. Neil Male on behalf of Kidderminster Harriers donated £250 towards care products for staff and to support patients on discharge.

Parks Candles are donating 300 Candles to support the morale and wellbeing of patients and staff.

Mr Levy said: “We are forming a Wellbeing Shop for the staff at our hospitals to access these donations and we are working with the community to support replenishment of sealed non-perishable items and care products as we continue to support of staff and patients through the pandemic.”

The charity is inviting people to donate funds so they can be directed to where they are needed most during the pandemic.

Mr Levy said they were proud to be supporting the trust to save lives during the outbreak as people rally behind NHS staff, including doctors and nurses in the frontline.

The aim is to support the clinical teams who are under increased pressure during the pandemic in ‘extremely challenging conditions.’

The hospital charity’s appeal page can be found at www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpworcsacute for donations to directly support the clinical teams with care packages.

The appeals telephone number is 01562 828869 and the email address is wah-tr.helpworcsacute@nhs.net