By Rachael Grealish
North Cumbria Integrated Care (NCIC) have issued a thank you to the community for the support their staff have been shown throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
In a statement released a spokesperson for the trust said: “We would like to thank everyone for the kind offers of support coming through from the local community in support of our amazing NHS Staff.
“We are very grateful for everyone who has donated, shared and supported our COVID-19 Appeal to help raise funds for staff wellbeing.”
Along with the NCIC’s thanks the statement included a link to the trust’s Just Giving page and further plea for more donations.
“If you are thinking of donating to our appeal, please visit our Just Giving page. The funds raised here will go towards helping staff come to terms with their experiences as they move forward through this crisis,” the statement continued, “As this situation evolves it is crucial the Trust continues to adapt and is now working up new ways to best support staff and coordinate donations in the coming weeks.
“We have been overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received and cannot thank our local communities enough. We’ve received lots of kind donations including food deliveries and a range of other donations which we are very grateful for.”
The NCIC now ask, along with adhering to social distancing guidelines, members of the public could avoid going to the trust sites with hot or perisable food deliveries.
The spokesperson said: “We’re now asking that in line with the social distancing measures, the public avoid coming to our sites with hot or perishable food deliveries.
“There are items that we can accept for our staff such as, bottled water, toiletries or energy bars.”
This comes after many businesses around Cumbria, such as takeaways, fish and chip shops and even Dominos, have been delivering a series of free meals to NHS staff and key workers.
The trust also ask people to refrain from donating PPE and homemade items directly to their sites.
The statement continued to say: “We would be grateful if you could please given details of the items you would like to donate along with your contact details and we will be in touch with you as soon as we can.
“In regards to PPE, the Trust are very grateful for all the offers of donations received to date. There is now a Local Resilience Forum established through the County Council who are coordinating equipment supplies including PPE.
“At present NCIC Trust have managed to secure sufficient supplies through established supply routes and therefore there are no active requests for additional support. If this situation changes a request for support will be made through the Local Resilience Forum.
“Therefore we kindly request that no donations of PPE or home-made items are brought directly to any of our sites at this time.”
Donations can now be made to support the NCIC staff by getting in touch with with the trust via their Co-ordination Hub at Volunteering@ncic.nhs.uk or by calling 01228 814567.