RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore

We are all hugely saddened by the news of Captain Sir Tom Moore’s death yesterday.

Captain Tom was a remarkable man, whose positivity and achievements couldn’t fail to lift our spirits during these difficult times. Through his fundraising, NHS organisations across the country will be able to make positive changes for their patients and staff, including here at the Trust.

As a member charity of NHS Charities Together, we have been incredibly privileged to receive almost £400,000 in grant-funding to date from Captain Tom’s work and the incredible response from the public.

The Bolton NHS Charitable Fund recognises patient safety, experience and outcomes are all greatly improved when staff feel valued, empowered and supported. We have used/will use this funding to:

  • Enhance our staff wellness programme to help staff manage their physical and mental wellbeing during the pandemic
  • Improve wellbeing facilities to create a staff wellness hub where staff can access counselling and support services
  • Increase secure cycle storage and refurbish existing shower and changing facilities at the hospital to enable more staff to take advantage of the ‘cycle to work’ scheme
  • Enhance staff rest facilities so staff have easy access to comfortable, relaxing and well-equipped spaces where they can prepare a meal, rest and seek support
  • The development of the ‘Bolton Digital App Library’, a system that enables local health and care professionals to recommend safe and proper health apps to patients to help them manage their physical and mental health and wellbeing.

We would like to thank everyone who fundraised on behalf of NHS Charities Together, including Captain Sir Tom Moore whose determination really captured the hearts of the nation and lifted the spirits of the NHS. Our thanks as well go to the Trustees of NHS Charities Together and the members of grants team who are working hard to distribute funding so it can be used to meet the needs of our staff and patients.

Captain Sir Tom was a one-off and he leaves the world a better place. His legacy will be felt for years to come by all NHS charities and the patients, staff and volunteers we support.

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