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raised of £2,000 target by 46 supporters

    Weʼve raised £1,915 to set up a charity to help healthcare workers who developed post-acute covid-19 complications (Long Covid) by providing financial assistance

    United Kingdom
    Funded on Tuesday, 11th July 2023

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    Please visit our Part 2 funding page to pledge support.

    We are establishing Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK in order to support healthcare workers facing chronic illness and disability due to post-Covid illness. Our aim is to prevent and alleviate poverty and financial hardship for healthcare workers who developed post-acute covid-19 complications (Long Covid) following Covid-19 which was acquired because of carrying out their duties during the pandemic, whether or not they are still employed, by providing financial grants to individuals and/or other organisations and charities with similar aims.

    Why do healthcare workers need support?

    • Healthcare workers have been working on the frontline throughout the pandemic often without adequate protective equipment. For a significant proportion of healthcare workers their reward has been Long Covid and an uncertain future both professionally and personally.

    • Most NHS staff were receiving covid ‘special’ sick pay until the autumn of 2022. At that point they were placed onto standard sickness absence terms and conditions meaning a maximum of six months on full pay followed by six months half pay depending on their length of service.

    • Despite covid special sick pay being in place, many staff have been dismissed on the grounds of sickness capability. The number of staff being sacked is now increasing week on week since covid sick pay has stopped.

    • Furthermore, many healthcare workers did not have access to Covid special sick pay or any similar pay protections at all, including:

    o Bank staff.

    o Primary care staff.

    o Those employed in the third sector such as hospice staff.

    o Public health practitioners employed by local councils or public health bodies.

    • Many healthcare workers are now facing financial destitution but are still not well enough to safely return to work.

    • There is currently no financial safety net for these healthcare workers.

    To become a registered charity, we need to prove to the Charity Commission that we can raise money. Given this we have set up this page and we are aiming to raise £5,000.

    There are vast numbers of healthcare workers facing financial destitution as a result of chronic post-acute Covid complications, and these numbers are likely to continue to increase. Research conducted by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Coronavirus has estimated NHS England lost 1.82 million healthcare worker days to Long Covid from March 2020 to September 2021 (APPG Coronavirus 2022). The number of healthcare workers with Long Covid is likely to increase over time because healthcare workers continue to be exposed to SARS-CoV-2 through the process of carrying out their duties, and the risks of Long Covid increase with each Covid infection.

    All monies raised will be used to establish the charity and to directly support healthcare workers with Long Covid. Once the charity is established and registered, we hope to be in position to start giving financial hardship grants to affected healthcare workers in the coming months.

    Thank you!



    • Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK10 months ago
      Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

      Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

      10 months ago

      We have now launched part two of our fundraising to start building a fund that we can use to offer direct financial support to healthcare workers in need. We do appreaciate your support!

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    • Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK10 months ago
      Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

      Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

      10 months ago

      Our first round of fundraising has come to an end which has got us off to a flying start. We are continuing to raise funds with a new round which will be active shortly!

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    1 year ago

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    Page last updated on: 7/28/2023 09.23



    • H & S McK

      H & S McK

      May 22, 2023


    • Dr Dee Burrows

      Dr Dee Burrows

      May 18, 2023


    • Anonymous


      May 17, 2023


    • N Pearson

      N Pearson

      May 9, 2023

      Thank you. Really important that those who were/are on the frontline caring for others get the vital support that they need🙏🏼 🤗


    • ann lloyd keen

      ann lloyd keen

      May 6, 2023

      Let’s campaign together to support our NHS heroes 💙


    • Shahabdin Kalhoro

      Shahabdin Kalhoro

      Apr 29, 2023


    • Steve & Sharon

      Steve & Sharon

      Apr 29, 2023


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    Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

    Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

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    This fundraising effort is organised by the trustees of the future charity "Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK" led by Professor Alison Twycross (@alitwy) - Long Covid Advocate. Former Deputy Dean & Prof of Children’s Nursing. Hon Assoc Prof @unibirmingham @EBNursingBMJ

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