Fundraisers from across Cornwall have shown the true meaning of community spirit by joining forces to raise thousands of pounds to support NHS frontline workers during the pandemic.
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust (CFT) launched an appeal back in April to support frontline NHS workers who are working tirelessly every day, risking their lives and putting others before themselves, to continue to serve communities throughout Cornwall.
“Our colleagues and volunteers are going above and beyond to ensure care and support remains available in these challenging times,” commented Phil Confue, Chief Executive at CFT.
“It’s been incredible to see the Cornish community supporting our staff by making PPE, donating food and taking on fundraising challenges. We greatly appreciate everyone’s support and we want to thank our staff for everything they are doing.”
One young fundraiser, Coby Attewell, challenged himself and his mum, Rebecca, to cycle, run and walk 110 miles in three weeks of lockdown. Rebecca said: “Coby is aged 10 and will be 11 this year. He has been listening to what is happening about the Coronavirus from the beginning and he said he would like to do something to help the NHS, and to say a personal thank you as he felt very saddened with what they have to face.”
By the end of their three-week challenge, Coby and Rebecca had completed 200 miles and have raised over £1100 for NHS staff, smashing their initial target of £110.
Other fundraisers have taken on similar challenges to stay active during lockdown, having been inspired by Colonel Tom Moore to raise money for the NHS.
Christine Pollard even braved the shave: “We're so proud of our NHS and it’s sometimes forgotten in Cornwall, so I thought it would be good to give something back, and as I'm not allowed to go out I thought I may be able to Brave the Shave, it'll give me three months to grow it again, if I want to. I'm so pleased that I have so many good friends and family who feel the same.”
The money raised so far has helped to give staff a hot meal every day when they have been unable to get to the supermarket after long and emotionally demanding shifts. One staff member said, “The meals have been a real boost. A focus on something positive every day and a topic of conversation which provides a bit of welcome relief.”
Funds will also go towards providing a regular delivery of fresh fruit boxes to Community Hospitals, Community Mental Health Teams and District Nursing Teams.
You can support the appeal, and all the fundraisers, here: www.justgiving.com/campaign/CornwallFT-Covid19