It’s Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) and this year’s theme is Kindness. 2020 has been a year of unprecedented change and struggle, but has also been a time in which we have seen more compassion, generosity and kindness than ever. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, people across the UK and the world have been showing their appreciation for the incredible key workers and selfless NHS staff who are risking so much to help others at this time.
We wanted to take the time to thank you for all of the ways in which you have been kind to us in recent months. From fundraising for our charity to sewing scrubs, from donating cakes to clapping, cheering and banging pots and pans on Thursdays. Here are just a few of the incredibly generous acts of kindness shown to us recently.
Peer Support Co-ordinator Naomi Gilbert has marked MHAW by sending out a ‘kind card for unkind days’ to each of the Peer Support Workers. Naomi said “Kindness is one of the values that I believe underpins Peer Support Work – and as an emerging profession we have an opportunity to promote the power of kindness in relating to patients, their families and supporters, our colleagues and ourselves. With that in mind, I am sending these cards to say thank you.”
Lemon Jelli have been visiting our sites such as Langdon and Wonford House in their vintage mobile bistro, and offering free coffee and sweet treats to our staff. On offer was freshly ground coffee and crepes served from their trademark vintage van, with everyone respecting social distancing measures. They have been able to provide this free and much valued service to many NHS services across Devon from the kind donations they have received on their JustGiving page.
The Haldon Team received a lovely parcel containing scrub bags. They were sent by Cranbrook Scrubbers - a group of people in Exeter who have taken on the challenge of sewing and creating scrubs, scrub bags, facemasks and more using a particular type of fabric suitable for use within the NHS, for frontline staff during the COVID-19 crisis. They have a fundraising page here: https://www.gofundme.com/f/materials-for-scrubs-amp-more-cranbrook-scrubbers
The Totnes Community Mental Health Team at Leatside Surgery, Totnes, have been sent 30 boxes of cereal bars and five boxes of granola pots from Kellogg's. Marie Buckley (https://daisy.dpt.nhs.uk/staff-directory/staff-result.aspx?id=66261), Senior Mental Health Practitioner, saw a social media post about deliveries Kellogg's were offering and signed up. She said: "After a busy start to the week it is a nice morale booster and at least now we have plenty of snacks in the office!"
Over Easter, a number of companies, including MARS, Morrisons and Gems at Work, kindly donated over 2000 Easter eggs to our staff. The eggs were distributed to as many different sites as possible by the amazing staff who were delivering PPE to the work place. Josh Scourfield, Gems at Work said: “It’s been a privilege for us to be able to offer this to our incredible frontline staff who are providing exceptional care in this time of need. We hope that this will bring a smile to the people at Devon Partnership NHS Trust”.
The teams at Langdon have been incredibly grateful to have received a number of kind donations recently. The CO-OP in Dawlish donated a selection of sweet treats; Fravocado served up vegan ice cream on a warm day and one lunch break was made special with paella from Paella Delivered.
The Ganges Indian restaurant in Tiverton provided 300 meals for NHS workers in Tiverton Hospital today. There was a choice of 3 curries and 2 different rices which was a lovely treat for staff.
Beech unit have created a ‘Staff Relaxation Area’ where they can go to find some calmness during their breaks. They were delighted to receive a donation of Neal’s Yard products -including much-needed hand cream! – from Clare Farquhar.
Staff on Moorland View were treated to ‘Waffle Night’ when Fleur & Mimi’s Westcountry Ice cream van paid them a visit and donated waffles, ice cream and all the trimmings to cheer up their break!
These are just a few of the incredibly kind gestures shown to us in recent months. All our staff are incredibly grateful for your generosity which has made a huge difference to team’s morale. Thank you!