A HOSPITAL charity has now launched a dedicated telephone number to co-ordinate offers of help during the coronavirus pandemic.

The appeals telephone number and an email address has been set up by the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals Charity, allowing the right support to get where it is most needed at the correct time.

A quarter of the world’s population is now living in some form of lockdown and about 250,000 people have volunteered in the UK to help the NHS cope with the volume of vulnerable people. Emergency powers to help the UK cope with the coronavirus pandemic are poised to become law after clearing the House of Lords.

We reported yesterday how the charity is inviting people to donate funds so they can be directed to where they are needed most during the pandemic.

Jason Levy, the charity’s director, said they were proud to be supporting the trust to save lives during the outbreak as people rally behind NHS staff, including doctors and nurses in the frontline. So far the appeal for emergency funding has raised £420. He said of the support for the appeal so far: “It’s been a good start.”

The aim is to support the clinical teams who are under increased pressure during the pandemic in ‘extremely challenging conditions.’

The hospital charity’s appeal page can be found at www.justgiving.com/campaign/helpworcsacute for donations to directly support the clinical teams with care packages.

The appeals telephone number is 01562 828869 and the email address is wah-tr.helpworcsacute@nhs.net