IN JUST a few weeks, the coronavirus Covid-19 has brought the UK to its knees.

Now more than ever, we are reliant on the doctors and nurses in our nation’s NHS hospitals.

These guardian angels of the community are serving on the front line under incredible pressure to save the lives not only of those affected by the virus itself, but the hundreds of thousands of other patients who still require treatment.

While the majority of the population are confined to their homes, these heroes are risking their own health and wellbeing and putting people like us first.

We think it is time for the community to say “thank you”.

Local newspapers across Newsquest, including the Bournemouth Daily Echo, are joining together to raise money for NHS staff across the country.

And to begin, the Echo has teamed up with both the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals and the Poole Hospital NHS foundation trusts to channel support to their hard working professionals.

A spokesman for Bournemouth Hospital Charity said: “We support our staff in a number of ways and I know we are already receiving requests for money to support them at this time, so these donations will be very much appreciated.

“Thanks again, communities coming together in a time of need is a powerful thing.”

At this time of hardship, it is important for us – the community – to bring some joy and happiness to those who are giving us so much.

Nationally, we have seen community spirit thriving in these difficult times, with people supporting each other like never before. We are asking our readers to extend this support to the heroes of the NHS, to let them know we care and are thankful for everything they are doing for us.

Please donate whatever you can, and let us give a collective, united message of our huge appreciation for their efforts.

You can get involved and support our campaign by sharing our appeal on social media and telling us why you are thankful for the NHS using the hashtag #ThankYouNHS, and send us a picture of yourself holding up a piece of paper reading #ThankYouNHS.

Let us show NHS staff that we care, and that we are thankful for everything they are doing for us all during this time of national crisis.

To donate:

  • For Bournemouth, visit bhcharity.org/donate, or you can send a cheque made payable to Bournemouth Hospital Charity to:

Bournemouth Hospital Charity

Royal Bournemouth Hospital

Castle Lane East

Bournemouth

BH7 7DW

Please quote ‘NHS Heroes’ on either online or postal donation to ensure the funds are directed towards supporting staff.

  • For Poole, visit justgiving.com/campaign/pooleheroes, or you can text POOLEHEROES 3 to 70085 to donate £3 (texts cost £3 plus one standard rate message)