Oxford Health Cares – a year of success

With the help of legions of donors and supporters Oxford Health Charity has brought smiles and lifted spirits.

Oxford Health Cares – a year of success

When the pandemic hit, Oxford Health Charity swung into action to support our teams on the frontline, battling COVID-19 and caring for patients.

But it was the community support and generosity of local business that buoyed us through the darkest times and helped us to keep on caring and giving.

Oxford Health Charity created the Oxford Health Cares appeal in the first days of lockdown and set out to support almost 7,000 of our NHS workers, across the Trust’s 150 sites in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire, Wiltshire and parts of Somerset.

In the year since its creation, OHC has delivered more than 2,000 care packs packed with food, personal care items, books, gifts for teams to share as well as delivering a six week programme of virtual wellbeing sessions to the Oxford Health family as the third lockdown was in force.

None of this would have been possible without dozens of individuals and organisations who stepped up to help.

In addition to the fantastic grants provided through NHS Charities Together (and all those who raised funds like Captain Sir Tom) brands like Jo Malone (Estee Lauder), Waitrose, Body Shop, Clarins, Avon, ASDA, Boden, Eager Drinks, Olly’s Olives and Queen Mee were among those who donated alongside community groups such as Little Wittenham, Chacombe WI and primary school, the UK Crafters and MiNO.

They gave pampering treats, non-perishable goods and self-care items such as soup, biscuits, tea/coffee and skincare products. Others produced masks, visors and scarves while those who created scrubs, laundry bags and headbands were heroes to many staff helping them keep COVID-19 risks at bay.

Prize draws and competitions for staff were also donated, with fantastic hotel stays, meals and luxury hampers kindly gifted, including a generous donation from celebrity chef Raymond Blanc for luxury stay and meal at his famous Oxfordshire hotel, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

Oxford Health teams have also been inundated with cards and posters with drawings from young people, cupcakes, afternoon teas and pizza.

OHC support has now evolved online with virtual care packs that have included self-care advice, tips and interactive wellbeing sessions such as cookery, art, and exercise. With more than 900 spaces taken in 62 sessions, it’s been a big hit, with 96% of attendees recommending them to others and reporting they felt energised, inspired, empowered and positive after sessions.

Kerry Rogers, Director of Corporate Affairs, said: “The Oxford Health Cares appeal has been a huge success!

“None of this would have been possible without the kind donations and support from NHS Charities Together, organisations, businesses, charitable and community groups and supportive members of the public.”

Julie Pink, Head of Charity and Involvement, added: “We are truly delighted with the success of the Oxford Health Cares appeal and the impact it has had on staff so far.

“All the staff are very grateful for every contribution and we cannot thank our supporters enough for the thoughtful donations, gestures and comments we have received.”

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Published: 21 May 2021