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Staff at paper mill lose pounds to gain funds for our charity

Inspired by the many examples of kind gestures by the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic, staff members at a local paper mill decided they wanted to pull their weight too.

Four members of B Shift at the Portals Paper mill in Bathford took on a weight loss challenge to help raise funds for our charity in support of the Royal United Hospitals Bath (RUH).

Dave Collins, Neil Livall, Andy Dagger and Andy Wilcox weighed in and kept a record of their progress. Over 16 weeks they lost 46 kilos between them (just over 7 stone), but more importantly raised over £1,400 for the charity.

Dave said: “The weekly weigh-ins always created a bit of banter and some were keener than others to step on the scales, depending if the weekend before had been a bit full on!

“Thanks for everyone’s support, including the company which contributed £540. We want to give all the staff at the RUH our best wishes in these testing times.”

After the first weigh-in they also all paid for take-away pizzas to be delivered to RUH staff working both the day and night shifts over a weekend to show how much they are much appreciated.

Patsy Gould, Corporate Officer, The Forever Friends Appeal said: “What a great achievement by B Shift. We really appreciate the support the hospital receives from local firms such as Portals. Their donation will be used to further improve facilities, services and fund specialist medical equipment to help make real difference to patients and their families being treated and cared for at the RUH.”

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The Biggest Thank You Ever

On Sunday 5 July 2020, it will be 72 years since the NHS and social care system was established.

2020 has been the most challenging year in NHS history. This year, the birthday is an opportunity to recognise, reflect and remember. To recognise the skills, commitment, achievements, compassion and diversity of all our 1.9 million people, across more than 350 different professions.

Over the last few months staff have worked around the clock to tackle coronavirus – caring for the 100,000 patients with COVID-19 who needed specialist hospital treatment and treating countless others besides, redesigning services and creating backup Nightingale hospitals.

None of this would have been possible without the help and support of countless individuals and organisations around the country.

Everyone across the NHS is hugely grateful to the thousands of former doctors, nurses and other health service staff who came out of retirement to battle coronavirus, the fellow key workers – from bus drivers and refuse collectors to social care staff and teachers – who kept the country running  and, of course, all those who stopped the spread of the virus by following the expert advice and staying home to save lives.

Everyone has had a part to play and, in the most difficult days, frontline workers were sustained by the support of the public.

On Sunday 5 July we invite everyone to come together at 5pm to come together and applaud the commitment, courage and sacrifice shown by so many. #ThankYouTogether.

Saturday 4 July, the day before the birthday, will be a moment of remembrance and reflection for all the lives of those we have lost during the pandemic. This chance for the nation to come together and pay our respects is being led by the Together Coalition.

Lockdown has been a tremendously challenging time for everyone, but at the same time we have seen countless examples of people doing their best and achieving amazing things – fundraising, volunteering, sending their messages of support and thanks to our hospital heroes.

We are asking people to carry on supporting the RUH by making a donation online and/or by leaving a gift in your Will. Thank you for your support.

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Cheers! Helping our NHS heroes stay hydrated

Dedicated hydration stations are helping frontline staff at the RUH stay refreshed thanks to funds raised in response to COVID-19.

The stations which look like small fridges have been installed across the hospital, there is now one on every ward. Rhyannon Boyd, Head of Fundraising said:

“It might seem simple but we all know it’s important to stay hydrated. Our staff are constantly reminding our patients to drink fluids but the message is also important for them too.

“It has been difficult for our staff to have easy access to a cold drink on our wards and during the summer it gets very warm in the hospital. They also have the added pressure of wearing personal protection equipment (PPE) throughout their shifts so it’s important that our clinical colleagues stay hydrated.

“Thanks to the generosity of our donors and an NHS charities together grant the new hydration stations are making a big difference to staff. We’ve also been able to provide thousands of reusable water bottles for our colleagues. They can label the bottles with their name and keep a cold drink in the hydration station throughout their shift.”

According to the NHS website it states that it’s important to drink enough fluids. In climates such as the UK’s, we should drink about 1.2 litres (six to eight glasses) of fluid every day to stop us getting dehydrated.

Since the roll out of the hydration stations, there has been an overwhelming response from staff. Victoria Marlow, Senior Sister on Philip Yeoman ward said:

“It’s great to have a dedicated drinks station. We really appreciate the generosity that has enabled us to have this on our ward and we all love the water bottles too. It will definitely make it easier for us all to keep hydrated, a big thank you to everyone who donated.”


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