Reds captain sees how charity he launched is supporting NHS staff

Reds captain sees how charity he launched is supporting NHS staff

by Henry James (November 2021)

LIVERPOOL captain Jordan Henderson has spent a day meeting staff at Aintree University Hospital, where money raised by his #PlayersTogether initiative for NHS Charities Together is already making a vital difference to staff at the Trust.

Henderson started #PlayersTogether during the pandemic, inviting professional footballers to support the NHS by donating part of their wage to the NHS Charities Together Covid-19 Urgent Appeal. It was supported by Premier League footballers, and as a result of his efforts, Henderson was named Charity Champion for NHS Charities Together in January 2021.

Jordan has now seen for the first time how funds are being used on the frontline in his club’s hometown, benefitting the health and wellbeing of NHS staff, patients and volunteers.

He said: “It’s been a privilege to meet the staff who cared for Liverpool in the pandemic.

“I know how tough it has been for the NHS and the reality is things haven’t eased up.

“I have family in the NHS and they are all working so hard, it’s relentless.

“Many staff are still struggling as a result and mental health has taken a hammering.

“It’s reassuring to see the workforce getting proper support, but we can’t get complacent – and must continue to care for them like they care for us.”

Liverpool was one of the cities hit hardest by Covid-19, and to date Liverpool University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust has cared for more than 7,800 Covid-19 patients, with many sadly passing away.

This has meant staff having to cope with significant pressures both in work and at home – some have experienced stress, anxiety and difficulty sleeping, and in a number of cases depression or post-traumatic stress disorder.

NHS Charities Together has awarded the Trust’s Liverpool University Hospitals Charity with more than £520,000 in grants. These funds have provided additional support for staff, including 40 new volunteers trained in Psychological First Aid.

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