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HGSRA  respond to Royal Free Charity

          Covid-19 Emergency Fund Appeal                                                                                                                             SHELLEY-ANNE SALISBURY

           any, many thanks to our   Hospital staff which showed   and spirit in wanting to help
      M wonderful residents who   graphically the massive logistical   the workers: we had a massive
      so  generously  supported  the   and personal challenges staff   response to the appeal and,
      HGS Residents Association’s   faced in caring for patients   together with the RA’s match
      appeal  to support  workers  at   throughout the pandemic.  We   funding of £25,000 and gift
      our local hospital and to help   were constantly thanked for   aid on many donations, we
      them to cope with the huge   our financial support and the   are delighted to say that we
      challenges of caring for Covid-19   difference it was making on   raised around £65,000.
      patients. Some of you may   the ground. The volunteers who   So, again, many thanks to
      have seen the two-part BBC2   give their time to the RA were   all those involved
      documentary on the Royal Free   staggered by the  generosity   EMMA HOWARD (CHAIR HGS RA)

      The following  has been written  by
      the Head of Community Fundraising                                                ‘You Donate, We Deliver’ Suburb Hub
      at the Royal Free Charity:
                                                                                          id your exercise walks during   have time to cook for themselves,  they were labelled and delivered
         he Royal Free Charity supports
      T staff and patients of the Royal                                               D the Big Lockdown take you   to eat properly during shift   by volunteer drivers to hospitals
      Free London NHS Foundation                                                      along Northway? If so, you will   breaks or even to get food from   throughout London. As the
                                                                                                                 their hospital canteens. These
                                                                                      surely have spotted a small white
                                                                                                                                            weeks passed, local people
      Trust which incorporates Barnet,                                                marquee in front of one of the   staff needed full meals, not just   became aware of the project
      Chase Farm and the Royal Free                                                   houses. This was the operations   cakes and biscuits. Christina   and the needs not only of
         Thanks to the generous                                                       hub of a truly remarkable volunteer   and Debra started making and   hospital staff but also of
                                                                                                                 packing meals but demand was
                                                                                      effort which ran throughout the
                                                                                                                                            homeless people. So the hub
      support of HGSRA supporting                                                     spring days of the Covid 19 crisis   overwhelming and Debra started   accepted donations of toiletries
      the Emergency Fund Appeal in   Many doctors and nurses   supermarket for staff. This was   into the first week of June – the   looking for help from other local   as well as food and Debra liaised
      response to the Coronavirus   were isolated from their loved   filled with donated and bought
      (Covid-19) pandemic, the Charity   ones  as  they  have  vulnerable   necessities and treats which saw   HGS branch of ‘You Donate, We   volunteers. She recruited friends   with other local organisations
                                                                                                                 of  friends  and  people  who
                                                                                                                                            such as food banks to ensure
      has been able to embrace the   family members and so couldn’t   48,062 staff visits  in the first   Debra Goodman, the dynamic   responded to an appeal on the   that nothing was wasted.
      huge  challenge  faced  by  The   go home at the end of their shifts.  seven weeks of operation.  force behind the HGS initiative,  Nextdoor site. She was over-  Debra pays tribute to her
      Royal  Free NHS  Heroes and to   Donations from the HGSRA have   The impact of all this support
      help  provide  the  support  they   enabled them to have respite   was summed up by one nurse:  had never volunteered  before,  whelmed by the positive response.  family who tolerated the daily
                                                                                      let alone taken a key leadership  ‘Everybody was frightened and
                                                                                                                                            comings and goings in front of
      said they needed.          areas  with  internet  access  so  “It makes me feel very special. We   role in a major voluntary project.  everybody wanted to help’, she   their home as well as the
         Working under extreme   that they could see and speak to   can’t tell you how much we appreciate
      pressure in the most challenging   their family. With the creation   it. It feels like we are being   Indeed, her original intentions   says. The marquee in her front   accumulation of food stuffs,
      of circumstances, nurses and   of  16  REST  (Resilience  and   supported by the community.”  were fairly modest: she just   garden was donated by a local   pallets and packaging.
                                                                                                                 couple who came round with it
                                                                                      wanted to do something to help
                                                                                                                                               She also pays tribute to the
      doctors on the  wards  and   Emotional Support) areas along   The Charity and Royal Free   in the crisis. As the pandemic   (and  erected  it)  within  half  an   broader ‘You Donate, We Deliver’
      intensive care  units,  as  well  as   with ‘wobble’ rooms, staff were   NHS staff would like to extend a   was developing in March and   hour of Debra appealing for a   volunteering network which
      porters, cleaners and admin   able to get one-to-one emotional   huge “Thank you!” to all from
      staff all played vital roles in the   support. During the peak of   HGSRA who donated so generously   NHS  staff  were  coming  under   gazebo to store donations.   was established at speed in
                                                                                      intense pressure, Debra heard
                                                                                                                    Soon Debra found herself
                                                                                                                                            March. At the height of the
      fight  against  this  deadly  virus.  Covid, 1,370 free hot meals were   and supported Royal Free NHS   that some friends of hers were   engaged as a full time volunteer   crisis the network had an army
      To have the greatest impact, the   provided every day helping staff   in their hours of need. For the
      Appeal focused on the areas of   to keep up their energy levels   NHS the journey continues as   cooking and baking for their   seven days a week; drawing up   of amateur and professional
      greatest immediate need: physical,  and ensuring that they ate and   they face an uncertain future   own family members who are   and managing cooking rotas and   chefs, ten community hubs
                                                                                                                 ensuring donated or bought
                                                                                                                                            (HGS was one) and 17 delivery
                                                                                      hospital staff. Debra promptly
      emotional and psychological   rested during long and intensive   with this life-threatening disease   ‘volunteered’ the help of her   ingredients were available for   drivers, and was delivering over
      support for NHS staff to enable   shifts caring for Covid patients.   and the psychological effects   daughter-in-law  Christina  who   the volunteer cooks.   2,000 meals a day to front-line
      them to cope and care in extreme   For those who could go home   which will be with many for
                                                                                                                    Debra also ensured that the
      conditions wearing  Personal   the Royal Free recreation club   years to come.  is a Cordon Bleu chef. On a single   cooks had guidance about   hospital staff.
                                                                                                                                              Debra is thinking now about
                                                                                      day, 130 muffins were made by
      Protective Equipment (PPE).  was transformed into a free              DIANE RYAN
                                                                                      Christina, collected from Debra’s   appropriate kitchen hygiene,  how the good-will and expertise
                                                                                      home   and  distributed  to  portion sizes and the intricacies   of her team of volunteers might
          Making an                               from home                           hospitals for hard-pressed staff   of cooking in large quantities.  be used in the future. ‘People
                                                                                      on Covid wards.
                                                                                                                 Once prepared and packaged,  love doing this and being part
                                                                                         As the crisis increased, more   about 600 vegetarian meals a   of  a  team’  she  says  with
           ith care homes closing their                     More recently volunteers have
      Wdoors and events being                               been  entertaining  disabled   and more hospitals were asking   day  were  delivered  to  the   justifiable pride.
      cancelled due to Covid, Project   ImpACT volunteers wrote   residents with online bingo and   for help to feed staff who did not   Northway hub, from where   MARGARET HARRIS
      ImpACT, an organisation set up   vast amounts of letters to residents   playing music for care homes.
      to provide meaningful youth   in care homes and isolated people,   There were also interactive   Combat Stress update
      volunteering opportunities to   with some writers even receiving   sessions for each year group with
      teenagers, had to adapt fast if it   replies to their letters. A homework   different speakers, whether it be   ocal fundraising activities for   brought on by the coronavirus   till next year, but you can enjoy
      was to continue engaging young   support club was set up which   on mental health for teens during   L  armed services veterans’  outbreak is making life even   a virtual tour of the garden now
      people to volunteer and support   matched volunteers with primary   Covid or hearing from doctors   mental health charity Combat   harder for the veterans. So, if   by going to,
      those around them who needed   school children who appreciated   about the work they are doing.  Stress are still on hold for the   you would like to contribute to and also
      help during these difficult times.  the focused attention on Zoom.   It’s clearly been a busy few   time being, but that doesn’t   Combat Stress now (and they
         As everyone was encouraged   They also got  involved in   months at Project ImpACT and   stop plans being made by Ruth   really do need all the funding   We have received some
      to stay home, Project ImpACT’s   numerous virtual bake-a-thons   hopefully the volunteers will soon   Smith and the Suburb’s Combat   they can get asap to keep their   wonderful clothes already, thank
      slogan became ‘Making an   which were particularly popular;   be able to get back to doing   Stress Committee for next year   outreach programmes going), go   you, but if you are clearing out
      ImpACT from home’ as staff   the delicious baked goodies were   what they do best – volunteering   to relieve you of your spare   to   your cupboards and would like
      thought creatively about keeping   delivered to either NHS staff in   in person.  cash. Ideas in the pipeline for   or call 01372 587151. Thank you.  to give away your spare nearly-
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      young people inspired.     hospitals or workers in care homes.   SHELLEY-ANNE SALISBURY  2021 are a clothes and book sale,    Caroline and David Broome   new clothes for Combat Stress,
                                                                                      catering for the 2021 HGS Art   had planned an actual opening   contact Ruth at ruthafsmith@
                                                                                      Fair, a screening of ‘The Military   of their award-winning garden
                                                                                      Wives Choir’ film and an open   in Finchley in aid of Combat       MARJORIE HARRIS
                                                                                                                                                 Press Officer, HGS Combat
             Oliver Joseph, Solicitor                                                 garden. In the meantime, PTSD   Stress  on Sunday 2nd August.   Stress Committee, 8455 6507
                                                                                                                 This will not now be possible
                                                                                      doesn’t stop  and  the isolation
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