London nurses and midwives are offered the opportunity to claim a £ 250 award in recognition of their work by keeping services running in the UK city hardest hit by Covid-19.
The Stelios Philanthropic Foundation, founded by entrepreneur Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou, has donated £ 250,000 to the RCN Foundation for awards as a way of saying “thank you” to the staff.
“For many it meant long stressful hours with little rest or relaxation”
As of yesterday, London had recorded 25,829 Covid-19 cases, more than any other English region and more than the totals of individual countries in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
Nonetheless, the city’s nursing staff managed to meet the high demand without having to rely too much on the NHS Nightingale overflow emergency hospital, built in the ExCel exhibition center.
Deepa Korea, director of the RCN Foundation, said: With London so far the hardest hit city in the UK, the nursing and obstetrician team has shown unwavering determination during the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are very grateful to the Stelios Philanthropic Foundation for allowing us to deliver these awards to say” thank you “to frontline healthcare professionals who continue to keep London communities safe and well.”
Prizes are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
According to the RCN Foundation website, preference will be given to those who have been “most negatively affected by Covid-19”. “This will include, by way of example, those within lower pay brackets,” added the website.
Sir Stelios said: “These awards are a demonstration of our sincere appreciation and gratitude for the work done by frontline nursing and midwifery staff in London during this pandemic.
“For many it meant long and stressful hours with little rest or relaxation and a long separation from friends, families and loved ones.
“I trust that the money will be used as a reward when the happiest times return.”
For more information on the prizes, see here.