Maudsley Charity: Staff thank Southwark’s generosity after fundraising appeal raises £36,000 and counting

Katherine Johnston (05 May, 2020)

Hundreds of mobile phones have been bought for patients so they can keep in touch

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Nearly £37,000 has been raised for the Maudsley Charity’s emergency COVID-19 appeal to support frontline mental health staff and their patients across south London – including paying for basic mobile phones for patients without contracts.

The appeal, which has featured prominently in the News online and in print, has also seen hand sanitiser, moisturiser and other personal care items donated to NHS staff.
In a statement sent to this paper today, the charity’s team said a fantastic £36,821.96 had been raised so far: “The Maudsley Charity would like to say a huge thank you to the members of the local community for supporting our COVID-19 fundraising appeal.
“It’s allowed us to respond quickly to the impact of COVID-19 on mental health services across South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust.
“We have been able to purchase hundreds of basic mobile phones for patients in the community, currently facing social isolation, who have no access to technology, so they can keep in touch with their clinical team and have access to a 24 hour helpline.

 “We have provided activity packs with games and crafts materials for people on the hospital wards, as well as isolated members of the community, to have something enjoyable and relaxing to do during the day.

“We’ve also purchased tablets for hospital inpatients who are unable to receive visitors so they can keep in touch with loved ones during these uncertain times. ”

 

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