Donations and thanks don’t go unnoticed by NHS Borders

Borderers took to their doorsteps to applaud our key workers for a sixth consecutive week on Thursday evening.

By Kathryn Wylie
Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 9:52 am
Updated Tuesday, 5th May 2020, 11:20 am
Rita, Terri, Pippa and Gary Fawcett clap in Balmoral Avenue, Galashiels.
Rita, Terri, Pippa and Gary Fawcett clap in Balmoral Avenue, Galashiels.

Just two days before they had fallen silent at 11am as part of a nationwide minute set aside to remember those NHS staff UK-wide who have died from Coronavirus, including Borders nurse Angie Cunningham,60, who died last month.

On Thursday, though, it was a case of the more noise the better, with children battering their pots and pans, and pipers playing on their doorsteps across the region, to support the now-weekly #clapforcarers initiative.

And that support has not gone unnoticed by local health care workers.

Matthew and Victoria Ferguson, Janet McDougal, with neighbours Colin and Heather Miller applaud the NHS in Galashiels.

An NHS Borders spokeswoman said: “Staff have been humbled by the applause on Thursdays as part of the Clap For Our Carers campaign that has swept the nation, the various signs and artwork popping up around the area wishing them well, and by the business community which has also made its support known.

“A variety of items have been donated to staff across our sites to help them though the challenges ahead. Everything from practical items such as toiletries and clothing to water and have been donated. It would not be possible to thank every individual and business by name however we would like to extend our sincere thanks to them all.”

John McLaren, employee director at NHS Borders, added: “The support we have had from companies and individuals has been amazing and is very much appreciated by all our staff. These kind gestures and donations will go a long way to help us through the tough days ahead. Our staff are facing challenges like they have never seen before and anything we can do to support them will make a considerable difference.”