people have been admitted to hospital since the first infection in the UK
tier system was introduced in the UK to help manage the infection rates
of doctors said they felt only partly or not at all protected from the virus due to lack of PPE during the first wave (British Medical Association, BMA)
Recognising the global emergency, our first priority was identifying the key areas where support was required. Our team reached out to hospitals, schools and care groups across the country to identify key concerns and vulnerable groups. Next, we utilised our vast network of partners to develop necessary solutions to tackle an overworked and under resourced NHS, food poverty for families from vulnerable backgrounds, elderly family members left without support on account of social distancing rules, and the need to fund vital research.
On a telephone call with her colleague, Thana'a Mohajer, Dr Marissa Lewis heard about his particularly gruelling A&E shift. The details were familiar to her, and she wanted to express her solidarity and understanding with Thana’a. So, Marissa conceptualised a care box: filled with all the essentials a frontline worker would need, including refreshments, mouthwash sticks and even ear plugs for some well-earned rest during shift breaks! Thana’a loved his care box, and so too did Marissa’s colleagues. Pretty soon, she had requests from other doctors for a care box of their own. And without giving it another thought, Marissa started using the little free time she had to make more care boxes - knowing the worst of this crisis was yet to come, and that her colleagues needed all the support they could get.
As part of our Emergency Care Fund for COVID-19, partnered with Dr Lewis to create ‘Frontline Care Boxes’ for our brilliant medical staff. With your support and the contributions of some amazing partners, we were able to distribute 10,000 care boxes nationwide.