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£660
raised of £5,000 target by 5 supporters

    Weʼve raised £660 to set up a charity, SHH-UK, and raise funds to directly help healthcare workers who developed long covid, with financial and other assistance

    Funded on Monday, 29th January 2024

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    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.

    Thanks to your support we have already raised £2000 (see here ) and our application for charitable status has already been submitted to the Charities Commission. Our website is also taking shape: https://shh-uk.org/ - make sure to bookmark it to keep an eye on updates as well as our social media feeds:

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    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.

    • 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!

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      5

      • Jane rowlands

        Jane rowlands

        Jan 22, 2024

        Thank you for any information on long Covid you can obtain and keep up the good work

        £10.00

      • Christmas gift

        Christmas gift

        Dec 20, 2023

        Family gift swap through donation. From Micky Simon Ella & Joel for Ella & GordonWe can't wait to see what this charity can do for those who need it!

        £50.00

      • Gordon and Ella

        Gordon and Ella

        Dec 17, 2023

        In lieu of Christmas gifts. 🎁 Such a bad, sad world that our healthcare professionals suffering long covid aren’t supported and helped automatically by a government compensation scheme.

        £100.00

      • CM

        CM

        Jul 30, 2023

      • Andrew Little

        Andrew Little

        Jul 29, 2023

        WFFA whisky auction on behalf of Michael’s Barnard fund raising and awareness, Thank you to Ian Sutherland for Donating to this worthy cause.

        £400.00

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      Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

      Supporting Healthcare Heroes UK

      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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