Young people with emotional wellbeing and mental health issues are benefitting from the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal.

Maudsley Charity has funded games and activities, including arts and crafts, with money received via the charity’s Urgent Appeal grant. This is to support young patients in mental health wards and in the community who are most likely to be adversely affected by the outbreak of coronavirus due to increased isolation.

Staff were concerned young people in their care are struggling more than usual because of visiting limitations to reduce the infection risk and the anxieties we all feel about the pandemic.

“Maudsley Charity’s donations have provided tools that will empower our young people in many ways: managing difficult emotions, being in the present or simply bring a smile.”

Elena Molina, Occupational Therapy Assistant at Bethlem Royal Hospital, London

Beth Harwood, Occupational Therapy Assistant at Kent and Medway Adolescent Unit in Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent, said: “The amazing range of creative activities provided by the Maudsley Charity is greatly appreciated. They will allow the young people to engage in a wide range of projects in our Occupational Therapy sessions. This will really help them to manage their wellbeing during such a tricky time.”

The funding has been made possible thanks to generous donations to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Appeal which aims to raise a total of £100million to support the health and emotional wellbeing of NHS staff, volunteers and carers caring for Covid-19 patients.

Urgent Appeal Grants

Grants given to NHS charities are used to meet the immediate and urgent needs of patients, staff and volunteers. Funding is also going towards helping partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, making sure patients leaving hospital have access to the care they need to recover. In the longer term it will also fund programmes to help staff and volunteers recover fully once the crisis has abated, reducing the long-term impact on them and the people they care about.

About the Urgent Appeal

The NHS Charities Together Urgent Appeal acknowledges and supports NHS staff and volunteers caring for COVID-19 patients. It has been put together in liaison with NHS England and national bodies, our member NHS charities and national giving platforms. Click here to donate.