Ørsted pledges support to help community workers and local families

Renewable energy company Ørsted has pledged more than £165,000 to help support NHS workers and local foodbanks, as the fight against COVID-19 continues.

(Image: Bay Hospitals Charity)

A total of £145,000 will be donated to charities supporting NHS Trusts in the regions where the company operates around the UK – including Grimsby, Barrow, Merseyside, Brightlingsea and London. A further £21,000 will go to support the work of foodbanks in the same regions at this difficult time.

Donations will be made to:

East Coast:

West Coast:

London:

Duncan Clark, Head of Region UK for Ørsted, said: “Across the UK, the current situation is having a profound effect on families and communities. It is at times like these that we must come together to do what we can support each other. With this in mind, we wanted to reach out to the organisations in the communities where we operate to pass on our own message of thanks and assist their continuing efforts to protect the health and wellbeing of community workers and families in need of support.”

Clare Woodward, Charity Manager at The Health Tree Foundation, said: “The Health Tree Foundation has been overwhelmed with the offers of help and support we have received lately. This most generous gift from our local friends at Ørsted will be put to immediate and practical use, across our three hospital sites and community services, to support staff and patients through the most unprecedentedly challenging time.”

Sue Lockwood, Chairman of Hull Hospitals official charity WISHH, said: “This generous support will enable us to enhance provision of facilities for staff at both Hull Royal Infirmary and Castle Hill Hospital, to support the overall wellbeing of staff both now and in the future.

“Staff across both hospitals have faced major changes as wards have being reconfigured to provide increased intensive care provision, and specific wards designated to care for patients suspected or diagnosed with Covid-19. All hospital staff from across the Trust have stepped up to the challenge, dealing with many things outside of their normal routine dealing with new situations and in some cases providing end of life care. It is important we support their wellbeing too. This kind and extremely generous donation from Ørsted will enable us to achieve this by enhancing our wellbeing provision.”

David Wilkinson, Director of People and Organisational Development at the University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay said: “This is a fantastic donation and we are very grateful to Ørsted. We will be working with colleagues to best identify how to utilise this very generous donation to support them in continuing to do such incredible work, day in day out, to keep us all well.”

Catherine Hart, Director of Fundraising for Guy’s and St Thomas’, said: “I would like to say a big thank you to Ørsted for its very generous donation of £25,000 to support the staff at Guy's and St Thomas' Hospitals and in our communities during this Covid-19 pandemic. The gift will be a huge help in funding special wellbeing projects for the extraordinary team of staff, as they work around the clock to care for everyone who needs it at this difficult time.”

Dianne Brown, Chief Nurse at Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: “I’d like to thank Ørsted for this very generous donation. It means so much to our staff, who are working in very challenging circumstances at the moment. The funds raised by the Support Our Staff appeal have enabled us to create spaces where our staff can take a moment for themselves and have a properly relaxing break.”

Nick Hulme, Chief Executive of East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust, said: “We have been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown towards the NHS during the COVID-19 outbreak. This donation from Ørsted will make a huge difference to the way we can support our hardworking NHS staff, both during and after the pandemic.”

James Sumner, Chief Executive of Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said: "It's no secret that we are currently going through a challenging time. Our charity team is currently focusing on supporting the physical, emotional and mental wellbeing of our staff and this donation will make a huge difference to this work and to our workforce."

Pam Hodge, CEO at Rock Foundation, said: “At this time of unprecedented national crisis, the need to pull together as a community to help each other through has never been greater. We are so grateful that Ørsted pulling together with us in this way, as we seek to serve some of the neediest people in our community.”

Russ Barlow, Manager, Hull Foodbank, said: “We are so grateful to Ørsted for their donation at such a difficult time for charities and the people they support. As we continue to help people, by supplying emergency food parcels to those in need, the support from Ørsted is a valuable resource helping our work to carry on through the crisis.”

Richard Roberts, General Manager, Wirral Foodbank, said: “Wirral Foodbank would like to thank Ørsted for its most generous donation of £5,000. We are facing unprecedented challenges; demand for our service was already high before Covid-19, we expect this to increase during the lockdown and beyond. This donation will enable us to meet the challenges with confidence.”

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Editors Notes:

Charities being supported by Ørsted through targeted donations:

East Coast

West Coast

London

For more information, please contact:

Mike Day
UK Media Relations Manager
miday@orsted.co.uk
+44 (0) 7767 008893