Urgent Appeal ***Help your hospital heroes***

Your local NHS staff at RUH Bath urgently needs your support to help get through the coronavirus crisis. Please make a donation online today.

Our hospital is under increased and immense pressure at this extraordinary time. Care for all RUH patients has to continue and staff are going above and beyond to make sure it does.

We are all being asked to stay indoors, work from home, or maintain ‘social distance’ from our friends and family but our amazing NHS staff can’t. They have to be there for us all and some now won’t see their own families for weeks to protect patients and their own loved ones from the outbreak of the virus.

As the hospital’s charity, The Forever Friends Appeal is asking for your help to support the hospital and its heroes.

John Cullum, Chair of The Forever Friends Appeal, says “We want to say thank you to all the NHS staff who are on the frontline right now. We will owe you for everything you do and all that you give so selflessly for our care.”

Unfortunately, due to infection control restrictions, the hospital cannot accept gifted items from the general public. Instead, please consider making a donation online and the hospital will direct all contributions to where the help is needed most.

James Scott CEO, said: “It is heart-warming to see all the support and acts of kindness already flooding in for our NHS staff in Bath. To everyone that has already contributed – thank you, and to those of you thinking of making a gift, we really value your help in these uncertain times.”

UPDATE 24/03/20

Since we launched the appeal a few days ago, an incredible £10,000 has already been raised. With this, we have begun purchasing some of the items needed for care packages, as well as looking at other urgent requests from wards and departments. We are working closely with the Trust to ensure we are able to coordinate and deliver support to our staff as quickly as possible.

We have been amazed at the response so far and are overwhelmed and inspired by the many generous offers of other physical donations. We can’t thank everyone enough for thinking of RUH staff during these difficult times, it means a lot.

The UK Government has now advised us all to stay at home (apart from essential travel). Please do not come to the RUH. All offers of support need to be carefully managed for the safety of our staff and patients and due to infection control restrictions; we are unable to accept any more physical donations from the general public. We hope you understand.

The best way you are able to help, is to donate online. Please don’t stop.

Many local businesses have also kindly donated bulk items to include in the care packages. If you are a local company and also able to help with quantities of 100+, please give the office a call to discuss and we can update you on the items we most need help with sourcing.

Going forward there is much more that we need to do. We hope that you will be able to continue to support this mission over the coming months and help us be there for RUH staff, who are always there for us.