Special thanks to children and families supporting our NHS staff through COVID19….including from superstar David Beckham!

Staff letters
Special thanks to children and families supporting our NHS staff through COVID19….including from superstar David Beckham!
09 April 2020

The children of staff members at the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group (NCA), which runs local hospitals and community healthcare, have been thanked for their important contribution to the organisation as it faces the COVID-19 pandemic.

Amongst those to send their thanks and appreciation has been footballing hero David Beckham, who recorded a short message for staff and their loved ones to pass on his best wishes and thanks.

Around 20,000 staff across the NCA, which includes Salford Royal, Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury and Rochdale Infirmary, are working together to respond to unprecedented demands on the organisation as it cares for a rising number of patients with the virus.

In the clip which you can watch here, David said: “You are all doing an amazing job and I just wanted to send a special shout out to all the kids whose mums, dads and wider families are working so hard across hospitals and communities in Greater Manchester during this time. Carry on supporting each other, stay safe, stay well.”

Chief Executive Raj Jain has written a letter to the children of staff members to thank them for the support they are giving to their parents and loved ones, many of whom are busy directly delivering patient care or working in support roles to help others to do this. Staff members are being encouraged to use Raj’s letter template to share with their children and teenagers.

Raj said: “Our staff members are giving their all right now. So many of our teams are working long, physically and emotionally challenging shifts or longer working days and weeks to ensure we can face the biggest challenge that has ever been presented to the NHS. I am in awe of their dedication, commitment and bravery at this time.

“Of course our staff members are not just part of the NCA family, they have their own families and we don’t underestimate the tremendous impact this is having on home lives at the moment.

“We are incredibly grateful to all the families of our staff members because we know they wouldn’t be able to come in and show this level of commitment and dedication without the support, love, patience and understanding of their loved ones at home.

“We wanted in particular to thank their children. Some of our staff members’ kids are not in school at the moment and are adjusting to a life of social distancing. However for many other children whose mums, dads or carers are NHS staff they may still be in their school or a different school. No matter the circumstances, it’s a very unusual time for our younger generation.

“To show our appreciation we have sent a letter of thanks to these children and young people because we wanted to make clear to them that they are very much part of the NCA team.”

Staff members have been asked to share pictures of them with their children on Facebook and Twitter, perhaps reading the letter together. They have also been challenged to post about their child’s reaction to the letter or what they said to their parent/loved one after reading it. The hashtag is #NCAfamily and staff members will tag in @NCAlliance_NHS