THOUSANDS of key workers at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust (BSMHFT) have local non-league football club Solihull Moors FC to thank for helping them travel more safely to and from work.
The Moors donated 3,000 washable face coverings to staff who work in inpatient units and the community.
While the Trust provides all PPE used by staff in the course of their NHS duties including face masks, these face coverings can be used when they are travelling to and from work on public transport.
The Moors have also donated profits from the sales of their branded face coverings to NHS Charities Together.
Caring Minds, BSMHFT’s charity, is part of the NHS Charities Together federation and has benefitted from donations made nationally which this week reached £130million.
In the week of the 72nd birthday of the NHS, the face masks are being handed out as part of a special thank you ‘goody bag’ for staff who have been working on the frontline during the Covid-19 crisis.
Sue Hartley, executive director of nursing at BSMFHT, said: “I know many people in our teams across Solihull and Birmingham are looking forward to receiving this kind gift from Solihull Moors FC.
“Our teams have worked tirelessly and given of themselves to the people we care for day in and day out. It is important that we do as much as we can to support our staff and help them to stay safe and well.
“This donation, like many we have received and shared with our teams in recent weeks, is a reminder of the warmth and gratitude our nurses, occupational therapists, doctors, physiotherapists and other colleagues have felt from people in the community.
“Thank you to everyone who has supported us.”
Anne-Marie Eden, chief executive of Solihull Moors FC, said: “Solihull Moors FC are proud to be the local community football club in the heart of the region, but we are so much more than just football.
“Being able to donate 3,000 Solihull Moors FC branded and reusable face coverings to the staff at Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust is a privilege, and an example of one of the many community-based projects we involve ourselves in.”