During the height of the Covid-19 pandemic, you’ll remember that rainbows were a symbol of hope and solidarity with the NHS. To help support the NHS (specifically Manchester Foundation Trust Charity), we decided to donate all proceeds from our bestselling Rainbow Embroidered Baby Sleepsuit. We have since swapped the fundraising sleepsuit to a different rainbow sleepsuit – the Rainbow Stripe Baby Sleepsuit which features fabulous, bold chunky stripes for a fun look. Although we are finally coming out of the other side of the pandemic, we’re still donating the proceeds, and to date, have raised almost £25,000 for the Charity. We caught up with the Charity for an update and to find out how the funds are being spent.
An Update from Manchester Foundation Trust Charity:
Manchester Foundation Trust Charity fundraises for 10 NHS hospitals and community services in the Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust family. Many of these hospitals have felt the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Like many across the country this winter, these hospitals have been, and continue to be, very busy. Priority remains with patient and staff safety and plans are in place should extra beds be needed – but thankfully his hasn’t been the case.
Other areas of the country have had to declare a ‘critical incident’ at some point over the winter period, but this hasn’t been the case in Manchester. This is due to the amazing efforts of staff across the Trust.
However, the NHS is still under great pressure and the hospital are continuing to remind people to help wherever they can. For example, using NHS111 to check the best place for treatment.
Manchester Foundation Trust Charity is incredibly grateful to JoJo staff and customers for their support. To date, the company has raised almost £25,000.
This money is being used to fund treatment, research and care projects which all contribute to making a potentially difficult time easier for patients and their families.
Rachel Laycock, Senior Corporate Fundraising Manager, said: “Visiting hospital can be a very emotional and daunting time for patients, particularly for those who have long or frequent stays in hospital. The funding we provide helps make that time a little bit easier.
“We’re so proud to fundraise for a Trust which is a lead provider in a significant number of services including: breast care, vascular, cardiac, respiratory, urology cancer, paediatrics, women’s services, ophthalmology and genomic medicine.
“The money JoJo has donated will be distributed across a wide range of services and help many thousands of patients, making a significant and lasting difference.
“Having JoJo as a corporate partner continues to be such a pleasure – working with staff and customers who are so enthusiastic about our Charity is very humbling. Thank you so much for all the wonderful and continued support JoJo!”
Some examples of how donations can make a lasting difference:
£10 could contribute to a day-long music therapy session for children with mental health conditions, improving their communication skills and helping them to feel more confident.
£600 could fund a wheelchair for patients who have recently undergone a traumatic or life-changing event, helping to aid their recovery at home.
£2,000 could help to fund non-invasive technology to help urology patients, increasing their self-esteem and confidence by giving them the greatest chance to become free of incontinence.
£10,000 can purchase a 3D TV pain distraction unit to distract, entertain and soothe young patients while undergoing an examination.
To find out more about the Charity visit www.mftcharity.org.uk