Move. Create. Compete. – A firm-wide effort to raise £10k for NHS Charities Together
Move. Create. Compete. is our internal campaign to raise £10,000 for NHS Charities Together which supports NHS staff and volunteers caring for coronavirus patients.
This initiative runs alongside the 2.6 Challenge, a national fundraising campaign to save the UK’s charities. Each time a donation is made to NHS Charities Together the government will also match this contribution.
As each day passes, frontline NHS workers are exposed to a level of trauma comparable to that experienced by emergency workers during 9/11. Coping with patients lost to the virus, colleagues falling ill, elevated stress levels and constant risk of exposure to coronavirus makes their bravery even more remarkable during these uncertain times. Yet it all takes a toll on their mental health. Workers will need both support and recuperation once the pandemic concludes.
Perry Burton, our Head of People and Culture, explains: "We are a firm that cares about people and we want to support the NHS, which works tirelessly to safeguard our nation’s health and wellbeing. Yet courageous NHS workers and volunteers need our help now and when this crisis is over. Move. Create. Compete. is about bringing our people together and giving back to a cause bigger than ourselves by raising vital funds for those looking after us. Move. Create. Compete. really does have something for everyone.”
To get involved our people are:
- Moving – getting on the move by doing an activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26. We’ve seen some great entries so far including star jumps, pogo sticks, running, keepie-uppies, sit ups, press ups, rowing and yoga.
- Creating – sharing how they have been getting creative during the lockdown. This might be playing an instrument, baking/cooking, knitting, creating a piece of art, designing a hanging basket, making something, singing, dancing, writing poetry, performing, or photography.
- Competing – for lovers of football and gaming our people can battle against their colleagues in a FIFA tournament, and for those who want to test their knowledge we are holding a national quiz.
To take part in these events our people are donating to NHS Charities Together and the charity will benefit from our collective efforts in three ways:
- Supporting the mental health and recovery of NHS staff and volunteers once the crisis is over. Experts are expecting frontline staff will have severe cases of PTSD on part with that of 9/11 firefighters.
- Enhancing the wellbeing of those caring for patients on the wards such as providing food deliveries, wash kits, overnight stay kits, cost of travel/accommodation.
- Consideration of larger projects in consultation with the Department of Health and Social Care and NHS England.
We encourage everyone to move, create and compete with us! If you want to support Grant Thornton in supporting NHS Charities Together please click here.