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Support for local NHS Charity continues to grow

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Support for local NHS Charity continues to grow
22 May 2020

Islanders are continuing to show their support for local NHS services by giving generously to the local charity.

Donations have been coming in thick and fast. They include little Isabelle, who raised £250 by doing a sponsored walk around her garden and an amazing donation of £5,000 from a local person who has asked to remain anonymous.

Maggie Oldham, Chief Executive said: “We are very lucky to have a wonderful community spirit on the Island and we continue to be hugely grateful for all the support shown to the NHS and social care.

The many acts of kindness from people of all ages has touched us all and really helped to lift spirits, it is very humbling and I know our staff appreciate each and every one of them.”

Isle of Wight NHS Charitable Funds, which is the charity that supports St. Mary’s Hospital, Ambulance, Community and Mental Health Services, works in partnership with the Friends of St. Mary’s to enhance the work of the NHS by providing the ‘extras’ which are not automatically funded but which benefit patients, visitors and staff.

Caroline Spicer, Non-Executive Director and Chair of the IOW NHS Trust Charitable Funds Committee, which monitors arrangements for the control and management of the charitable funds, said she is overwhelmed by the support received.

Caroline said: “Donations to the charity, however large or small, can make a difference and we will be looking at how we can further improve the experience of our staff and the people using our services. On behalf of everyone who will benefit from this generosity, thank you so much.”

Donations can be made online to the Isle of Wight NHS Trust Charitable Funds through ‘Just Giving’ at the website

Recent donations to the charity have been used to support the health and wellbeing of staff working across the Island.

More information about Isle of Wight NHS Trust Charitable Funds and making a donation can be found here.

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