Community comes together to support NHS staff

A Fylde coast NHS charity has been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown by the local community during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blue Skies Hospitals Fund has been overwhelmed by the number of people coming forward to donate food, drinks, toiletries and clothing to their local NHS staff during this unprecedented time.

Head of Blue Skies, Kila Redfearn, said: “We know how generous the people of the Fylde coast are and it’s incredibly moving to see so many local businesses and individuals come forward to support our hardworking staff.

“The NHS is there for us in our time of need and now, more than ever, it’s important to look the staff so they can continue to care for us all.

“Blue Skies is working extremely hard to ensure the donated goods and supplies are being distributed across our sites to help boost staff morale.”

Now the charity has teamed up with Blackpool’s Business Improvement District (BID) and the Winter Gardens to provide a coordinated drop off and distribution point for donations.

Mike Simmons from BID, said: “While we appreciate many individuals will be keen to help, and smaller donations will also be welcome, this scheme will also allow for the storage of large donations such as bottled water.

To be able to drop off you will need to call 01253 629748 at least 30 minutes before your intended drop off time and advise what you will be donating. Click here for more information.

The charity is still collecting cash donations and money donated will go to wherever the need is greatest at this time. Please visit the Blue Skies JustGiving page: www.justgiving.com/blueskieshospitals