With Valentine’s Day expected to be incredibly difficult this year as the nation remains under a third lockdown, the Healthcare Workers’ Foundation (HWF) is calling on the UK’s romantics to ‘show their love’ for someone else this year, and donate what they would otherwise have spent going out to exhausted healthcare workers on the frontline.
Brits are said to have spent a whopping £1 billion on the national day of love in 2020, but with a very different world this year, the charity which was founded by NHS workers for NHS workers at the start of the pandemic, is encouraging the nation to donate their Valentine’s Day funds to our much-loved frontline NHS workers.
Donations received will help the charity to continue delivering goods and services, including PPE, free counselling sessions and childcare grants.
Jeeves Wijesuriya, spokesperson for Healthcare Workers’ Foundation said: “The past year has been rocky for all of us. And we must also remember our frontline workers have been under huge pressure during this pandemic, putting themselves at risk to care for us and our loved ones.
“If we are to keep our NHS and frontline staff going, we must do all we can to support their mental health and wellbeing. We want to show healthcare workers just how loved they are this Valentine’s Day. Any donation, no matter how big or small, will go towards helping those working tirelessly to assist us in our hour of need.”
Despite the lockdown, new research from UK comparison site, Finders UK, found that Brits still plan on celebrating the day of love and will spend an average of £25 this Valentine’s Day. For every ten people who donate £25, this could help provide healthcare workers with several hours of professional counselling.
The impact of the pandemic on NHS workers physically and mentally continues to worsen, with reports suggesting nearly half of NHS critical staff are dealing with severe PTSD, depression, or anxiety. The HWF was founded to help combat these issues and through the Valentine’s Day appeal the charity hopes to continue protecting the welfare and wellbeing of NHS workers. From helping to support with both physical and mental health, ensuring frontline staff have access to day-to-day necessities, as well as supporting the bereaved families of healthcare workers that lost their lives during the pandemic.
To donate to HWF’s Valentine’s Day appeal, please visit here.