Our charity has launched a brand new campaign (www.justgiving.com/campaign/Rainbow-Rambles) to encourage people to get out and about, have some fun and raise funds for their local hospitals.
‘Rainbow Rambles for Hospital Heroes’ is live on the JustGiving website and everyone, no matter their age or level of fitness, can get involved and make a difference to staff and patients at our hospitals both now and in the recovery from Covid-19.
Lynda Head, Head of Fundraising, said, “Over seven days you choose a different colour of the rainbow to look for whilst out walking and either take a photo or write a list of the objects you have seen in that day's particular colour. So on your red day you might see a red flower, a red car, a red pair of shoes...
“Children might also like to dress in the colour of the day or as their favourite superhero”.
She added, “You ask everyone you know to sponsor you and you could even make it more exciting by challenging your friends or colleagues to get involved too and compare what you found - who saw the most items or the most unusual?”
“We’re really looking forward to seeing the photos; the stranger the find the better!”
All those who take part will receive a free thank you rainbow ribbon, a letter from the charity and a special certificate of achievement.
To find out more go to: www.justgiving.com/campaign/Rainbow-Rambles
Supporting the health and wellbeing of your NHS staff
As the King George and Queen’s Hospitals charity, we are proud to support our local NHS staff.
Covid-19 has impacted on all of us, in so many ways - which makes seeing our communities pulling together at this time to support our extraordinary NHS staff even more inspiring.
Over the last few months, staff across our hospitals have been working under extreme pressure – being there for our patients at a time when their loved ones often can’t be.
We know the better we care for our staff, the better they can care for you; and this is becoming ever more crucial, now and moving forwards. Which is why our dedicated fundraising appeal is all about looking after the health and wellbeing of staff at King George and Queen’s hospitals.
We would very much appreciate you joining us as we focus on raising funds to ensure they are well looked after, and will work with staff to get it right – because organisations that look after their staff attract and retain the very best people who give the very best of themselves.
Thanks to your generosity, we’ve already been able to provide dedicated wellbeing hubs where staff can take a well-deserved break and recharge their batteries. We’ve also supported the introduction of ‘wobble rooms’, a space our staff can visit if they are feeling overwhelmed so they can rebalance before going back to providing patient care.
Our staff also got a huge boost recently when West Ham United Football Club chose our charity to support as it looks to give back to the NHS while we tackle the Covid-19 pandemic.
There are many ways the club is supporting us – from donating shirts and raising our profile, to encouraging their fans to support us and getting their academy players raising funds. They are also offering morale-boosting video calls for our staff, which is especially appreciated given how many Hammers fans there are among us!
We know these are difficult times financially for many of us, however, your gift, no matter how small, will help us continue to support the health and wellbeing of our staff, so they can continue to provide great patient care to our communities.
We’re focused on enhancing the quality of your care and hospital experience here at King George and Queen’s hospitals. Below are some of the most recent projects we’ve been able to fund:
Bravery toys for children
To make the visit to our phlebotomy department a little easier for our youngest patients, we provide toys and stickers to help ease the anxiety of giving blood which, if we’re honest, can be a bit scary for adults too!
Reclining chairs for overnight stays on our children's wards
It's really tough on parents when a child is ill and receiving care in hospital. We want to make it easier for families to stay together and focus on the child's recovery as much as possible, so we've provided funding for 30 new soft reclining chairs that enable parents to sleep comfortably alongside their child and stay close by all through the night.
Adaptive wheelchairs for stroke patients
Patients who have suffered a stroke may need to be in a wheelchair for longer periods of time. Tilt-in-space wheelchairs adjust to suit the needs of the patient and can be positioned or reclined to help maintain the correct posture, as well as assisting with even pressure distribution with anatomically shaped cushioning. This can help our stroke patients experience a much more comfortable and secure recovery.
We’ll soon be introducing special nasal tubes to help our patients breathe more easily. This eliminates the need for restrictive face masks that cover the mouth, nose or entire face enabling patients to eat, drink and communicate with staff and loved ones more easily without interrupting treatment.
West Ham United and our charity
Watch Aaron Cresswell speak with Trust staff, members of our charity team and Chair Joe Fielder.
In late June, West Ham United captain Declan Rice spoke to some of our Hammers' supporting staff.