We were so delighted that we had a small part in helping to keep Covid-19 patients in touch with their loved ones through the Pandemic. We're thrilled to say that we raised over £70,000 and donated 180 iPads to hospitals across the UK.
Leona Harris, a nurse on a Covid ward who is married to one of the Partners at Simpson Millar spearheaded the campaign, but after setting up a Justgiving donation page, more than 1200 people donated £41,500, with Simpson Millar and its employees donating another £30,000.
Along with the 180 iPads, £7,000 in cash was given to hospitals to buy their own tablet computers.
Hospitals are now finding other ways to use the computer tablets outside of the Covid wards. Patients with neurological conditions are using apps on the iPads to support their recovery and communication. Children are being engaged in interactive ways to explain procedures they're having to go through and they're also being used to communicate with patients whose first language is not English.
We're all so grateful to everyone who's donated, throughout such a difficult year.
There are many pictures of staff in hospitals with their iPads and also fundraising stories, so keep on reading down the page.
Do you know that very often the only way a patient, who is on a Covid-19 hospital isolation ward, can see or speak to their loved ones is by borrowing a mobile phone or computer tablet from a Doctor or Nurse?
And all too often, we are hearing distressing stories where Covid-19 patients have died without being able to see, or even, in some cases, speak to their family or friends - simply because there weren’t enough phones or tablets to go around!
It’s hard to believe it’s happening in the UK. But it’s a fact. And our colleagues at Simpson Millar want to do something about it… and need your help.
#staytogether Campaign Update
Thank you to everyone who's got involved. You've made a real difference to people with Coronavirus and their families.
Read about how #staytogether is helping patients recovering from Neurological and Spinal Injuries, along with those with Covid-19.
A massive thank you to Rolande, a chainsaw carver, who's auctioned off Bow, the NHS hare, to raise money for the #staytogether campaign.
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