Funds have been allocated to our 240 member charities to support hundreds of projects covering the length and breadth of the UK. Here are a few of the areas where our funds have already been allocated:
Support for patients
Tragically, over a hundred thousand people have so far lost their lives to Covid-19. Our funds have provided bereavement support for families who have lost loved ones to help them through the most difficult of times.
In addition, we have supported extremely sick patients, anxious and isolated from those they care for, keeping them connected with family members by funding equipment like ipads to enable virtual visiting.
Funding for other technology has also enabled some outpatients to have virtual consultations from home, avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital during lockdown.
Support for NHS staff
NHS staff are facing unprecedented pressures on services and making difficult decisions every day when caring for very ill patients.
In a poll conducted in April 2020, half of healthcare workers said that their mental health had dropped since the virus began taking its toll. 71% of younger health professionals, who are likely to be inexperienced and early in their careers, said their mental health had deteriorated.
Our funds have been used for counselling services and helplines to help support the mental health of staff.
Photo Credit: Imperial Health Charity
We have also provided practical support like access to the necessary food, drink and rest areas to enable staff to continue with their vital life-saving work.
Other funds are being used to improve treatment for Covid, for example, either researching in to the impact of Long Covid or sharing best practice in Covid treatment to improve outcomes for patients.
Dr Dan Menzies, Consultant Chest Physician at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan © Daily Express
Support in the community
Funds have supported vital partnerships outside hospitals, such as hospices, community healthcare and social care, so patients returning home have access to the care they need to recover.
We have also been working with our members to support staff, volunteers and patients who are being disproportionately affected by the Covid crisis, such as patients and staff from BAME communities and high-risk groups like those living with disabilities.
As the recent report by Public Health England made starkly clear, people from BAME backgrounds are being particularly hard hit by Covid-19. NHS England figures in June showed that hospital deaths per 100,000 among British people of a black Caribbean background were three times the equivalent number among the white British population.