Greenwich Council and the Charlton Athletic Community Trust have launched an appeal for cash to support staff and patients at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich as they deal with the pressures of the coronavirus pandemic.
The council and the trust recently launched Project Hope, a scheme where businesses and residents could donate goods and services to help staff and patients at the hospital, with volunteers helping to distribute them.
Now the two are raising cash to help support the project. Money raised will pay for food and refreshments, toiletries and accommodation for staff who are unable to go home.
The appeal is already well on its way to its £10,000 target. Last year, a similar appeal organised by 853 raised £5,000 for staff across the Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust, which runs the hospital – with its initial £2,000 target being broken within five hours.
Greenwich Council leader Danny Thorpe said: “I visited QEH recently to say thank you to staff and talk to patients on the wards. Everyone there has had it hard, and their families too, so anything we can do to bring a little bit of respite or cheer is the least we can do to show our appreciation.
“It was an absolute privilege to lead our teams and volunteers out onto the wards – over 80 people are now volunteering for Project Hope – what an amazing thing each person is doing.”
Jason Morgan, the chief executive of the Charlton Athletic Community Trust, said: “We’re very proud to be involved in a project like this. We have worked very closely throughout the whole pandemic with the creation of the Community Hub, and I think it’s vital that we support our amazing NHS workers in any way that we can.”
Money can be donated to the appeal at JustGiving.com.
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