Thank you, Captain Sir Tom Moore
03 February 2021
But his legacy lives on in hospitals up and down the country where NHS charities have been using the proceeds from his incredible fundraising feats to support staff and patients throughout the pandemic.
Working in partnership with NHS Charities Together, we’ve made sure our share of Captain Tom’s millions has been used to provide urgent support for staff on the front line at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust as well as planning for the future by investing in long-term improvements to hospital facilities.
Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity, said: “In his 100th year, Captain Sir Tom Moore achieved so much – not only raising record-breaking sums to support NHS charities but inspiring a nation and offering hope at a time of national crisis. Captain Tom can rest assured that his contribution has made a huge and lasting impact for NHS staff and patients at our hospitals and across the country.”
“Captain Tom can rest assured that his contribution has made a huge and lasting impact.”
Ian Lush, Chief Executive of Imperial Health Charity
Here are just a few examples of how Captain Tom's funds have been used to help our hospitals during the pandemic ...
Urgent support to the front line
At the very beginning of the pandemic, funds from NHS Charities Together enabled us to provide urgent support to the front lines of our hospitals.
We quickly set up and ran three hospital shops, offering drinks, snacks and toiletries entirely free for NHS staff at a time when there was limited access to shops and supermarkets. We also delivered thousands of extra resources, such as hand creams, moisturisers and sanitisers, to help those caring for patients in heavy and uncomfortable PPE.
Staff mental health and wellbeing
The pressures of the pandemic have placed NHS staff under enormous emotional strain and the demand for counselling and mental health services has increased dramatically.
Captain Tom’s funds have enabled us to expand the counselling service for staff – CONTACT – so that many more hospital workers can access vital support.
Between April and December 2020, CONTACT was able to refer 637 staff members for one-to-one counselling support – an increase of 76% on the previous year – while more than 3,000 have attended emotional wellbeing groups during the pandemic.
Training for BAME 'ambassadors'
NHS staff from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities have been disproportionately affected during the pandemic.
But funds from NHS Charities Together have helped us to invest in training a team of staff ambassadors to tackle key issues affecting their BAME colleagues.
We awarded a grant to the Multidisciplinary BAME Network at Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to deliver this vital training for staff across our hospitals.
“One ambassador said the training was one of the most valuable courses they had attended.”
Joselyn King, Chair of the BAME Network
Support for the families of hospital heroes
Sadly, Covid-19 has claimed the lives of a number of our NHS colleagues during the pandemic – each of them hospital heroes who died providing exceptional care to the most vulnerable patients.
Captain Tom’s funds have been used to make sure their families received the best possible bereavement support during an unimaginably difficult time.
Improving staff facilities
Looking to the future, we want to make sure the hospital environment is as comfortable as it can be for NHS staff working under extreme pressure.
In partnership with the Trust, we’ve committed vital funds to support a staff legacy programme, which will see improvements to dozens of staff rooms, kitchens, shower rooms and changing facilities in the months to come.
Thanks to NHS Charities Together funds, this important project will ensure our hospital heroes have access to the facilities they deserve.