EverythingCommunity Gives Back to those who gave their all during Lockdown

May 5, 2021

In March 2020 the country was taken over by an unrivalled pandemic. NHS staff up and down the country found themselves under a completely new, unprecedented set of responsibilities and roles. New hospitals were erected in a matter of days, intensive care units in a few hours, all to aid the tens of thousands of people succumbing to the virus in no time at all. It was one of the darkest times for the UK in the past few decades, but the NHS stepped up to be the beacon of light and hope we all looked toward.

Whilst they were pouring all their energy and resources into battling the pandemic – we were flooding the media with an appreciation for the NHS. Claps every Thursday, rainbows in the windows and bake sales were a symbol of our gratitude. One learning from the past year would be that there is a phenomenal amount of generosity in the country.  Especially during desperate times. Here at EverythingCommunity, we wanted to show our appreciation by donating to several NHS services.

We sent 130 personalised bottles donated to Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust to keep the nurses hydrated on shift. Having their names meant no confusion and no sharing of germs that is paramount to the health and safety of everyone at the hospital. Imperial College Healthcare is an NHS Trust of 13,000 people, providing care for around a million people every year, in their five hospitals, and expanding community services. They have a rich heritage and an ambitious vision for the future of our patients and local communities. We want you to know all about who we are, what we do and where we are heading.

With Imperial College London, the Trust hosts one of 20 National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) biomedical research centres (BRC). This designation is given to the most outstanding NHS and university research partnerships in the country, leaders in scientific translation, and early adopters of new insights in technologies, techniques, and treatments for improving health. To see more of all the research and work they do, please visit: https://www.imperial.nhs.uk/about-us/who-we-are

EverythingCommunity also donated highlighter pens to the Orsett Ward at Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust, Basildon, to make their handover between shifts smooth and organised during their most stressful period. Their three original hospital trusts, Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust and Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust officially merged on 1 April 2020 to become Mid and South Essex NHS Foundation Trust. Their surgical and clinical teams have been working tirelessly during the Covid-19 outbreak, demonstrating the amazing teamwork across our hospitals. To find out more, see here: https://www.mse.nhs.uk/about-us

One of the best donations to work on was Junior Doctor Motivation Packs for St. George’s Hospital. Morale amongst junior doctors had been massively impacted, causing concern for lead doctors such as Dr Muna Gafoor who reached out to us.

‘We are living in unprecedented times and work has been tough. However, life outside of work has been isolated, with many doctors living away from their families for shielding purposes. We are hoping to create small ‘motivational’ packs for the junior doctors as an ‘inspiration’ and ‘thank you’.’

EverythingCommunity worked closely with Dr Gafoor on the design for goody bags handed out to the 350 junior doctors that said ‘Thank You NHS Heroes’. Utilising our partnering company, EverythingBranded, we were also able to facilitate lanyards for staff members to keep their id cards whilst reminding themselves that they were indeed appreciated as heroes. Judging by their reactions, NHS junior doctors across the hospital felt boosted and driven on by the message. St George’s University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is one of London’s leading teaching hospitals with an international reputation for the quality of care and cutting-edge treatment.

“I have a huge amount of pride in all 9,500 people within this organisation. They have been, every single one of them, outstanding. The last year for the hospital has been difficult, enlightening, hideous, revolutionary, all those things. And I think it’s changed our organisation forever.”

Amerjit Chohan, Chief Executive of St George’s Hospital, London

St George’s Hospital in Tooting, known as one of the country’s principal teaching hospitals is shared with St George’s, University of London, which trains medical students and carries out advanced medical research. St George’s Hospital also hosts the St George’s, University of London and Kingston University Faculty of Health and Social Care Sciences, which is responsible for training a wide range of healthcare professionals from across the region. To see more of all the great work they do, please visit: https://www.stgeorges.nhs.uk/about/

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