Thanks to the incredible generosity of the public, including the amazing efforts of Captain Sir Tom Moore and thousands of others, we have raised over £150 million through our Covid-19 Urgent Appeal which launched in March 2020.
Over the last year there has been a huge and heartfelt outpouring of support from individuals, events and organisations, from a Million Claps and the Virtual Grand National to exercise with Joe Wicks and the amazing fundraising achievements of people of all ages.
The funds raised are making a huge difference to the NHS. Grants issued to our member charities through the appeal have provided vital help to patients, staff and volunteers on the frontline at the most critical of times. But the NHS continues to need us more than ever as it recovers from the most challenging period in its history – thank you to our supporters for continuing to care for the NHS.
There is still so much more to do
Covid-19 is continuing to put more strain on an already stretched NHS. Thousands of patients continue to require hospital treatment, many of them in intensive care.
Frontline staff are busier than ever, as they deliver vital care in unprecedented circumstances. Normal services are also beginning to resume and are experiencing huge demand due to the backlog that has built up. This is understandably having a huge impact on the mental health and wellbeing of staff.
Additional support from NHS charities will be more important than ever in future, to support the NHS as it recovers from the most challenging time in its history, and to enable the health service to continue to go above and beyond for its patients and staff.
We will continue to provide grants to our member charities to ensure they are used where they are most needed, supporting patients and enabling staff to continue with their vital life-saving work.