(Last updated: 31 March, HP)
There are a number of ways you can support Cardiff’s frontline staff. We’ve tried to pull the main ones together. Please comment below if you have more links that need to be added. And if you can, donate generously. This guide has two sections; feed staff at hospitals; and support the health boards directly.
1. FEED STAFF AT HOSPITALS
So far I’ve come across THREE different fundraisers organised by amazing local businesses, all raising money to deliver food / coffee / meals / snacks etc to staff in hospitals in Cardiff.
CO-ORDINATED BY WATERLOO TEA – Feeding NHS staff at UHW – Heath Hospital
Working in collaboration with the NHS staff and volunteers, Waterloo Tea have set up a volunteer cafe in the Heath Hospital Sports and Social Club, open from Monday 30 March, providing free food and drink to NHS staff working there. (It’s not a Waterloo Tea cafe – they are just co-ordinating and their staff are volunteering there).
The cafe is intended to be a place close to the hospital buildings where NHS workers can get some respite. With cafes on site closing down recently the food options are becoming even more limited. They’re aiming to offer healthy nutritious food to fuel the staff at the hospital.
They will also be co-ordinating any donations of food that businesses want to give to the hospital. They are asking other businesses/initiatives to get in touch, so they can coordinate together. So far they are supported by Ace Essential Supplies, Windsor Fruit and Veg, Cakes by Angela, Juboraj Restaurants, Brod – Danish Bakery, Early Bird Cafe, Penylan Pantry, Milkwood Restaurant, Penylan Preserves.
HOW TO HELP:
- Suppliers – please donate Ingredients for chefs to cook with / Disposables / take away boxes and coffee cups (ideally compostable or recyclable)
- Caterers – please donate prepared meals they can deliver to the hospital for healthcare workers to eat something healthy and nutritious. They can contribute to the cost of ingredients from the fundraising.
- Businesses & Individuals – please donate cash donations for purchasing essential items including ingredients, drinks, disposables.
- DONATE TO WATERLOO TEA – FEEDING NHS STAFF
ORGANISED BY HOLY YOLKS – Help the Heroes
The #helptheheroes campaign has been set up to help feed our amazing NHS staff by a collective of independent food businesses from the Cardiff and Newport area. The plan: A weekly food based care package, made up of goods from each independent business involved, will be dropped off to a different hospital each week in the Cardiff, Vale and Newport area.
ORGANISED BY GRAZING SHED – Feed the Frontline
This joint effort co-ordinated Grazing Shed pulls in a ton of local food businesses to feed and water NHS frontline workers. You donate money to the campaign, the food makers make food and deliver it to hospitals in Cardiff.
- DONATE TO FEED THE FRONTLINE
- REGISTER YOUR BUSINESS TO PROVIDE MEALS THROUGH FEED THE FRONTLINE
- Feed the Frontline Twitter feed
2. SUPPORT THE HEALTH BOARDS
Cardiff and Vale Health Board
This is the main charity that supports the departments and staff across the Cardiff and Vale University Health Board. Their Spread the Love campaign has just had large donations from Aaron Ramsey! The money raised through this appeal will go directly to Cardiff & Vale Health Charity’s Make It Better Fund. The doctors and nurses – local professionals who understand what is most needed for our local communities, and who are aware of what the NHS is already doing – will decide how the money raised will be used to best benefit the most vulnerable.
As well as money, the appeal is looking for donations of food and other supplies to help support local NHS staff. The original post is on Facebook so apols if you don’t got that thing. Current drop off locations are Sainsburys in Thornhill and Boots in Llanishen. Alternatively donate cash directly to the CARDIFF AND VALE HEALTH CHARITY – SPREAD THE LOVE CAMPAIGN
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board covers Blaenau Gwent, Caerphilly, Monmouthshire, Newport, Torfaen and South Powys. As I know a lot of you will be living / working / have family in these places, or have family in these places, I’ve included info here on how you can support them.
Aneurin Bevan are looking for donations for NHS patients, as no visitors are allowed on site anymore. The easiest way to do this is to purchase them directly from the Aneurin Bevan Health Board Amazon Wishlist. Alternatively you can donate to the Anuerin Bevan Health Charity through GoFundMe.
The Aneurin Bevan GoFundMe page is collecting donations directly from the public to be placed into a specific fund for the COVID-19 / Coronavirus pandemic. From their page: “The Health Board is currently committing resources on a range of things in response to COVID-19 including PPE, ventilators, beds, drugs, consumables, additional staff, etc. all of which we hope to be funded by Welsh Government. We do not yet fully know how we will utilise your donations as none of us have been in this situation before. Staff well-being, essential supplies for patients and increasing volunteer activity are some of the things we are currently looking at.”
- GIVE MONIES! Directly to the Aneurin Bevan Local Health Board Charitable Fund
- VOLUNTEER FOR THE ANEURIN BEVAN HEALTH BOARD
Have we missed anything? Please add in the comments, SHARE THESE FUNDRAISING OPPS FAR AND WIDE.
Oh – and stay inside, and wash your paws.
Peas. WAC x