NURSES working across Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust were given luxury self-care gifts supplied to them from a local business to celebrate Florence Nightingale’s 200th Birthday.
Florence Nightingale’s birthday was marked around the world yesterday, but during these current unprecedented times, many nurses won’t be able to enjoy some of the celebrations they had planned.
So Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, the fundraising arm of the Trust, decided to organise and distribute the gifts for both male and female nursing staff. They had around 10,000 items donated, including Beauty Boxes and men-ü Matt Skin ‘Refresh’ Gels.
Sarah Naismith, Director of Manchester Foundation Trust Charity, said:
“Our nursing staff have been working incredibly hard and we wanted them to know the Charities team are supporting them in every way we can.
“Many businesses have made some fantastic donations, and when we found out what sort of products we had received we knew we wanted to use them for a very special occasion – and what could be more poignant than Florence Nightingale’s birthday?
“We cannot thank them enough for all they have done for us. We are so grateful that incredible people are doing amazing things to support our NHS.
“We also have a well-being fund set up so that we can continue to support staff into the future. Anyone who wants to support us can find out more details on our website.”
The Trust has ten hospitals in the Greater Manchester and Trafford area, including Manchester Royal Infirmary, Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital and Wythenshawe Hospital.
Jill Findlay, a matron in the Emergency Department at Manchester Royal Infirmary said:
“It is so nice to get a little treat after a long shift.
“When you’re wearing PPE on the ward all shift your skin can get very dry so the face mask will be lovely to try on at home.”
Jake Wright, a staff nurse at Manchester Royal Infirmary, said:
“It was a really generous product to receive. During these challenging times it will be good to have these items to relax when I get home from work.”
Manchester Foundation Trust Charity has had more than £1million-worth of items donated for staff and patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Charity team have set up a well-being fund, so that individuals who want to help can make a contribution too. The Charity fundraises throughout the year to support the treatment, research and care of patients treated at NHS hospitals across the city of Manchester and Trafford.
For more details visit www.mftcharity.org.uk or follow Manchester Foundation Trust Charity on social media and use the hashtag #ThankyouTeamMFT