Medway Hospital Charity humbled by community generosity

Date: 19 November 2020


The Medway Hospital Charity has been by humbled by the generosity of people in Medway and Swale for continuing to raise money to support the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since April, it has received more than £250,000 in grants and donations, plus £85,000 in gifts, from grateful members of the public.

Of this, £166,500 has been granted by NHS Charities Together, after its COVID-19 Urgent Appeal galvanised fundraisers across the UK. You may recognise its most famous supporter, Captain Sir Tom Moore.

Medway Maritime Hospital was delighted to receive £50,000 (of the £166,500) from NHS Charities Together last week (10 November) to support staff and patients during the second wave lockdown.

James Devine, Chief Executive of Medway NHS Foundation Trust, said: “On behalf of our staff and patients, I cannot thank you enough for your generous donations and fundraising efforts for both The Medway Hospital Charity and NHS Charities Together.

“The support for the NHS has been humbling and very much appreciated. Your kindness motivates our staff to keep going and, whilst many donations have already been used for staff and patient benefit, some of the money, from NHS Charities Together, will fund longer-term wellbeing projects.”

The majority of the NHS Charities Together grant money has not yet been spent, but much has been allocated for specific projects; including the creation of a new staff gym at Medway Maritime Hospital.

Elsewhere, some of the money will be spent on COVID-19 research and innovation projects, with a further contribution to support Medway NHS Foundation Trust’s BAME Network, a proportion of which was used during October’s Black History Month, plus a sum allocated for a permanent staff wellbeing hub in the main hospital building.

The Medway Hospital Charity has also spent some of the community donations, plus a proportion of the NHS Charities Together grant money, on:

  • Simulation equipment, including a COVID-19 lung trainer, that enabled staff to prepare for the second wave
  • Tablets, portable landline phones and mini whiteboards for patients to communicate with their families and staff
  • Dandelion remembrance plaques, sent by the Trust’s End of Life Care team, to families who lost loved ones during the pandemic, and could not be with them when they died
  • Patient personal care packs and including toiletries for frontline staff wearing PPE for long hours
  • Picnic benches across the hospital site
  • A thank you cream tea to recognise hardworking staff and food care packs to support staff during lockdown
  • The Charity is also using your donations to create a courtyard where staff can take a break, to be ready in the spring.

Chief Executive James Devine said: ‘’On behalf of The Medway Hospital Charity I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to each and every supporter for making such a positive difference to our staff and patients’ lives. Living through a global pandemic is not easy and times are tough but it’s often in the most challenging of times that people go above and beyond and you, our donors, have done just that. Your incredible generosity has, and will continue, to make a real difference to both staff and patients. Your support means the world to us. Thank you for showing your appreciation for our hospital.”

  • Summary:

    The Medway Hospital Charity has been by humbled by the generosity of people in Medway and Swale for continuing to raise money to support the NHS during the COVID-19 pandemic.