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National Grid kicks off £1m coronavirus appeal to support NHS superheroes

National Grid’s Ventures business has donated £100,000 to help kick start the University Hospitals Birmingham Charity’s appeal to raise £1m to provide vital support for both patients and staff during the coronavirus crisis.

National Grid Ventures (NGV) has helped the University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) Charity to launch a special appeal, to raise £1m to support patients and staff through the coronavirus pandemic. The donation will be used to purchase almost 400 tablet computers that will be used by patients to help them speak to their loved ones while they’re in isolation. The tablets will be distributed to wards across the NHS Trust’s five hospitals, including the Nightingale Hospital, which has recently been established at the NEC.

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UHB Charity works to provide equipment, research and added extras that are ‘over and above’ what the NHS provides, helping to improve the hospital experience for millions of patients each year. The UHB NHS Foundation Trust has so far discharged over 1,500 COVID-19 patients from across the West Midlands and is seeking additional funds to pay for a variety of projects, from activity packs for isolated patients to reclining chairs for staff rooms and bereavement boxes for families.

COVID-19 challenges

Every year the UHB Charity funds over £5 million of added extras, but the COVID-19 crisis has led to more challenges and requests for funding to support the frontline NHS staff.

“Working with National Grid, we have identified the need for £1 million of extra funding to support our NHS Superheroes and we are delighted that National Grid has given the campaign a massive boost by donating £100,000 towards this target. We are very grateful for their support and for everyone else supporting our NHS Superheroes. Thank you,” said Mike Hammond, Chief Executive of University Hospitals Birmingham Charity.

Helping to set up field hospital

National Grid connects people with the energy they need and is delighted to be able to help connect people to their loved ones at such a critical time. NGV’s metering team has also lent their support to the coronavirus effort, by working alongside its service partner Network Plus to prepare Birmingham’s Nightingale Hospital ready for opening.  

"We’re proud to have supported the establishment of the new field hospital and to be taking this further with this appeal, which will raise much needed funds to help local people in their care. You never quite know when you’re going to need the help of the NHS, so now, more than ever, I would encourage everyone to dig deep and show your support for each and every one of the 20,000 staff members who are the lifeblood of these hospitals,” said Jon Butterworth, Managing Director for National Grid Ventures.

You can show your support for the Trust and donate to the appeal on their Just Giving page.