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Northumbria Bright t-shirt Keeping our NHS running

Thursday, 14 May, 2020
Northumbria Bright t-shirt Keeping our NHS running

Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has launched a sports t-shirt to help keep people safe when exercising outside.

The idea for the new ‘Keeping our NHS running’ t-shirt, came from member of staff Lainey Fraser to promote the importance of social distancing. The proceeds of all sales will go to the trust charity, Bright Northumbria which funds a wide range of health and care initiatives for patients and staff.

Lainey, service lead in obstetrics and gynaecology health psychology at Northumbria Healthcare said:

“Working in the hospital I’ve noticed the contributions that everyone, across all roles, has been making to keeping our NHS running. We’re all trying to stay physically and emotionally strong at the moment and we know that exercise plays a big part in that.  The t-shirts are a positive way to help people feel safe while doing so.”

The t-shirt, supported by the trust’s staff wellbeing team, is already proving popular with employees and so is being offered to the public to encourage them to adhere to the government guidelines of social distancing when exercising, to help reduce the spread of coronavirus.

From Wednesday 13 May, new government guidance allows people in England to exercise outside as often as they wish – this can be done alone, with members of their household, or with one other person from outside their household, while keeping two metres apart at all times.

Brenda Longstaff, head of Bright charity at the trust, said:

“We loved Lainey’s idea for the t-shirts and we are extremely proud to bring them to fruition. Keeping active is really important for both physical and mental health so this is a great way to help people stay safe when exercising.

“Our teams across North Tyneside and Northumberland are working incredibly hard to go above and beyond the call of duty to respond to the increasing demands on our services. The proceeds from the t-shirt will help us to further improve our patient experience and support our staff health and wellbeing, so by buying one people really are making a difference and helping to keep our NHS running.”

The t-shirt is the latest in a series of fundraising initiatives for the charity which has seen local businesses and members of the community pull together to support the NHS.

Orders are already flooding in following a charity fundraiser by North Tyneside company, Apex Pro Fitness, which saw almost 100 people join in a fitness challenge, raising £3000 for Bright Northumbria.

T-shirts are available for a minimum donation of £12 plus £1.75 postage and packaging. To order email BuyBright@northumbria.nhs.uk with sizes required and a member of the team will be in touch to arrange payment and delivery. The trust is also looking into selling children’s sizes.

Bright Northumbria is the registered charity of Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust. For further information on how to support or the work of the charity, contact Bright Northumbria 0191 2031354 brightcharity@northumbria.nhs.uk


Media contact:

Jaclyn Curry – Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

0191 203 1654 / 07833 046680

jaclyn.curry@northumbria.nhs.uk

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