NHS Trust Thanks Local Community For Support And Donations During Coronavirus Pandemic


April 20, 2020

Local hospital chiefs have voiced their gratitude to the local community for the support that has been shown to the local NHS during the Coronavirus emergency.

Mike Thomas, Chair, University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust (UHMBT), said:

“During such difficult circumstances, and when health professionals across the world are working under more pressure than ever before, the outpouring of support, kindness, generosity and well wishes from people all across Morecambe Bay has been truly heart-warming.

There are a number of local businesses that have changed their manufacturing processes to make products and equipment for our staff, while others have offered NHS discounts including free taxi rides and food. Families have sent chocolates, gifts and letters of support, and more people than ever are now signing up to volunteer or return to a career in the NHS – and the list goes on!

On behalf of the Trust Board, I want to pay tribute and say a huge thank you to everyone who has played a part in supporting our Trust and their local NHS.”

Aaron Cummins, Chief Executive, UHMBT, said:

“Whilst our NHS colleagues are continuing to work incredibly hard to care for patients across Morecambe Bay, I want to say a massive thank you to the businesses, community groups and individuals who have rallied around us. Your support has really kept us all going through the intense pressure everyone is under at the moment.

Whilst we are so grateful for all the donations and offers of help we’re receiving every day, we do still need to make sure that we’re adhering to all infection prevention, safety and quality guidelines.

To help us manage this, the Bay Hospitals Charity is coordinating all donations, including those of personal protective equipment and any fundraising. They have set up a JustGiving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/bayhospitalscharity if you would like to donate, or if you have any queries please just contact the team on 01524 516064 or by email at: [email protected]

As well as thanking everyone in the local community for their support, I would also like to take this opportunity to thank all of our colleagues who are working so tirelessly on the frontline in patients’ homes, on wards and departments in our hospitals and those working remotely. There are no words for how proud I am of each and every one of you for the way you are coming together to respond to the ever changing landscape we are now operating in. Despite no doubt having your own personal concerns – whether it be family or loved ones, childcare, or about actually becoming ill yourself – you still turn up every day to work even harder than you usually do. It is this kind of attitude that makes the NHS so special and I can’t thank you all enough.”