The "dedicated healthcare heroes" of the East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust have been given a £10,000 donation from a county-based challenger bank to help in the fight against COVID-19.
Redwood Bank, headquartered in Letchworth, is handing over the cash to the East & North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity, a non-government funded organisation, which has set up a donation appeal to support healthcare workers amid the global pandemic.
Some of the funds raised through the Here For Each Other campaign will go towards items and services to support the emotional and physical wellbeing of staff, which includes funding a rest and relaxation area at Lister Hospital and some rest and breakout areas in wards across the trust’s four hospitals.
Head of Charity Bethany McNeil said:
Our whole NHS team is working so incredibly hard to keep our patients safe and well, and we are extremely proud to support them, especially those who are on the frontline battling COVID-19 directly.
"We are facing an unprecedented demand for NHS services, but at this difficult time it’s vital we support the physical and emotional wellbeing of our staff. We’re so grateful to Redwood Bank for its kind donation. As well as helping our hardworking healthcare professionals, funds will also be used to buy extra medical equipment, refurbishments to our hospitals and to contribute towards cutting-edge research projects."
The charity supports four hospitals – the Lister in Stevenage, New QEII in Welwyn Garden City, Hertford County and the Mount Vernon Cancer Centre in Northwood.
The organisation had originally set a £10,000 target and financial pledges from members of the public have reached more than £8,000 so far. This means, because of Redwood Bank’s donation, staff will benefit from almost double the amount the East & North Hertfordshire Hospitals’ Charity had originally hoped for.
Gary Wilkinson, CEO and Co-Founder of Redwood Bank, said:
Never before have we needed our NHS like we do now. In Hertfordshire alone, hundreds of families have been affected by COVID-19. These ever-increasing numbers are putting our dedicated healthcare heroes under immense pressure, so the team here at Redwood Bank wanted to do something to help.
"Getting behind the Here For Each Other campaign made complete sense because it’s ensuring the incredible staff at the Lister and other hospitals in the area are receiving the support and equipment that they need to continue battling this deadly virus.
"On behalf of Redwood Bank, I would like to publicly thank every member of healthcare staff for all their hard work. As a company we are also doing our bit as we’re working from home and staying there!"
Left to right: Rachel Bickerstaff (Clinical Practice Lead) & Shareef Mahdi (Junior Doctor)
As soon as the Government requested people work from home if they could, the Bank made it mandatory that all staff followed the rules.
Founded in 2017, Redwood Bank is the UK’s first challenger bank to have been ‘born in the cloud’ which meant secure systems were already in place to support remote working.
All staff already had access to the technology and capabilities to allow them to work from anywhere in the country.
Redwood’s robust systems and processes will continue to enable service continuity with no disruption to its customers.
For further information about Redwood’s coronavirus approach, visit www.redwoodbank.co.uk
For anybody who would like to donate to the cause, visit www.enhhcharity.org.uk/appeal/hereforeachother or text HERE4EACHOTHER to 70085 to donate £5.
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Redwood Bank was launched in August 2017, becoming Britain’s newest business bank for SMEs and completing its ‘mobilisation’ phase just over four months after securing its initial banking licence in April 2017. Redwood Bank offers secured SME mortgages for business owners, as well as for experienced commercial and residential property investors. It delivers fast and efficient mortgage decisions to help their business customers seize property opportunities and also offers competitive business savings accounts. Redwood Bank was founded by Jonathan Rowland and Gary Wilkinson. It has a unique private-public ownership structure in which Warrington Borough Council has a one-third stake.