HARDWORKING staff at Worcestershire Royal Hospital were boosted with more than £1,000 of food, snacks, therapy sessions and pamper treatments thanks to the efforts of a city mum.
Bridget Moore, of Forever Living Worcester, started the campaign on social media asking other local businesses to donate what they could towards helping to keep exhausted NHS teams going during the peak of this pandemic.
As well as local people donating food and drink treats for the staff, several local businesses also stepped up to donate some much-needed therapy and treatment sessions to support the team’s mental health including Rebecca Daffeh the Holistic Coach and Jo Cox from Flow Holistic Massage.
“I had heard how hard the teams were working and had already decided to put together a gift hamper of products from my business to show my personal appreciation,” Bridget said.
“Just as I was doing that, I came across a Facebook post from Rachael Lewis one of the ward admins at Worcestershire Royal, asking for businesses to donate what they could, to go into a special breakout rest room. I jumped on to my social media platforms to ask people to join in and they answered the call spectacularly.”
Also generously answering the call were the local Morrisions supermarkets at Tewkesbury, Malvern and Evesham who have donated £600 of snacks, drinks and treats for the teams to share across the five Covid wards currently running at the Royal.
Jeremy Steele, Store Manager of Tewkesbury Morrisons, said: “Part of Morrison’s community promise this year is about supporting our wider community.
“When we saw Bridget’s message on behalf of our local NHS staff, we thought it was just the kind of donation we want to be part of. Together the community champions from the Tewkesbury, Malvern and Evesham stores organised a plan to make donations of the essential items the collection was looking for.”
Ward admin Rachael Lewis explained how she managed to split the donations across the wards: “The staff at Worcestershire Royal have been blown away by the generosity and it’s really helped to lift their spirits and spur them on.
“Everyone was speechless when I came into the ward with a roll cage packed to the top with goodies.
“A massive thank you to everyone involved – it means a lot to our hardworking teams here,” she added.