An Oxford Health Cares campaign has been launched today that aims to supply special care packs to our frontline staff who are giving round-the-clock care to patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

And Oxford Health Charity is calling on organisations, business and the public across our region to help.

It’s all hands to the deck during these challenging times and Oxford Health Charity wants to ensure that our hard-pressed teams have all they need while they are at work, to keep morale and energy levels high and to demonstrate just how much everyone appreciates what they do.

Initiated by Oxford Health Charity – the charitable arm of the NHS Foundation Trust, the campaign aims to set up over 100 care hubs which will each have hampers filled with non-perishable items – coffees, teas, energy bars, biscuits, hand creams, lip balms etc – that our teams in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and beyond, can make use of.

Community Involvement Manager, Julie Pink explained: “It’s crucial during these times that our staff have everything at their disposal. That’s why these care packages will have essentials to get them through their day or night shift – from teas and coffee to energy bars, soups and more.

“Over the coming weeks our hubs will support staff breaks, reminding our caring teams to stay hydrated and look after themselves.”

Businesses, organisations and individuals who would like to help and can provide an extra treat for the care packages, please get in touch be emailing charity@oxfordhealth.nhs.uk.

Alternatively, if you can’t donate items, you can make a difference by donating via our charity website, contributions will be put towards purchasing hot takeaway food for our teams.

Julie added: “We must stand by our staff at this time and help them to deliver the care we all need. Please help us to reward our heroes, they deserve it.”

Our dedicated Oxford Health teams run physical and mental health services at 150 locations from our community hospitals in Witney, Abingdon, Bicester, Didcot, Wallingford and Henley;  via district nursing teams; out of hours services and specialist teams, like stroke wards, to minor injuries units, learning disabilities and mental health settings for children, teenagers, adults and older people in three counties.