WITH Valentine’s Day expected to be incredibly difficult this year as the nation remains under a third lockdown, Charity Today Executive Editor, Lee Rayment and the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation (HWF) are calling on the UK’s romantics to ‘show their love’ for someone else this year, and donate what they would otherwise have spent going out to exhausted healthcare workers on the frontline.
Brits are said to have spent a whopping £1 billion on the national day of love in 2020. Still, this year, with a very different world, the charity which NHS workers founded for NHS workers at the start of the pandemic is encouraging the nation to donate their Valentine’s Day funds to our much-loved frontline NHS workers.
Donations received will help the charity continue delivering goods and services, including PPE, free counselling sessions and childcare grants.
Jeeves Wijesuriya, a spokesperson for Healthcare Workers’ Foundation, said:
“The past year has been rocky for all of us. And we must also remember our frontline workers have been under huge pressure during this pandemic, putting themselves at risk to care for our loved ones and us.
“If we are to keep our NHS and frontline staff going, we must do all we can to support their mental health and wellbeing. We want to show healthcare workers just how loved they are this Valentine’s Day. Any donation, no matter how big or small will go towards helping those working tirelessly to assist us in our hour of need.”
Charity Today Executive Editor, Lee Rayment, is also backing the appeal, he said:
“I will be dropping some money in the kitty, and I’m also going a little further and treating healthcare workers on my personal Facebook page to a takeaway this weekend.”
Despite the lockdown, new research found that Brits still plan to celebrate the day of love and spend an average of £25 this Valentine’s Day. Every ten people who donate £25 could help provide healthcare workers with several hours of professional counselling.
The pandemic’s impact on NHS workers physically and mentally continues to worsen, with reports suggesting nearly half of NHS critical staff are dealing with severe PTSD, depression, or anxiety. The HWF was founded to help combat these issues, and through the Valentine’s Day appeal, the charity hopes to continue protecting the welfare and wellbeing of NHS workers. From helping to support both physical and mental health, ensuring frontline staff have access to day-to-day necessities and supporting the bereaved families of healthcare workers that lost their lives during the pandemic.
To donate to HWF’s Valentine’s Day appeal, please visit here.