Captain Sir Tom Moore’s legacy is that he gave the NHS a “lifeline.”


Captain Sir Tom Moore’s legacy is that he gave the NHS a “lifeline.”

With a £150 million injection, Captain Sir Tom Moore’s fundraising has enabled NHS Charities Together better the lives of employees, patients, volunteers, and communities.

According to the COVID-19 Urgent Appeal’s annual report, donations to the appeal sponsored more than 600 initiatives, including counseling, helplines, and employee rest facilities.

The organization includes 241 health charities, and its leaders praised the late Captain Sir Tom, who walked 100 laps of his garden before turning 100, fitness instructor Joe Wicks, Premier League footballers led by Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, and many others.

The campaign was NHS Charities Together’s most successful ever, with £39 million raised thanks to Army veteran Sir Tom, who died in February.

“We are still utterly blown away by everyone’s efforts – particularly the amazing Capt Sir Tom, who raised a remarkable sum and inspired so many others,” said Ellie Orton, the charity’s chief executive.

“People wanted to express their appreciation. However, we are currently in the midst of a long recuperation period, with a high toll on fatigued staff, a backlog of patients, and clinics that are busier than ever.”

Intensive psychiatric counseling for post-traumatic stress disorder, research into long-term care, bereavement care, digital devices to keep isolated patients linked with loved ones, and supplying specialty equipment were among the projects financed in 2020.

Medics thanked the people yesterday.

Patients “who fall into the middle ground of being clinically well enough for release but who might benefit from a bit of extra practical and emotional care,” according to Emma Squires of University Hospital Southampton’s patient support department.

“That may include food parcels till they get back on their feet, an ear to listen, and possibly pointing them in the direction of well-established community volunteering agencies that could aid with longer-term support,” she added. The service is referred regarded by many as a “lifeline.”

“We’ve been able to establish a Covid Medical Fellowship, so a specialised junior doctor can stay abreast of the latest in Covid treatment,” said Dr Dan Menzies, a chest consultant at Glan Clwyd Hospital in Bodelwyddan, North Wales.

Last year, Charities Together donated £42 million to urgent NHS needs, £33 million to community projects, and £35 million to help the NHS recover. It has spent millions more this year financing thousands of emergency first responder volunteers to relieve the strain on ambulance systems.

The Captain is a legend. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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