Staff at the RD&E benefit from new rest areas, thanks to generous donations

Staff at the RD&E benefit from new rest areas, thanks to generous donations

Staff at the RD&E benefit from new rest areas, thanks to generous donations

Staff at the Royal Devon & Exeter NHS Foundation Trust (RD&E) have two new dedicated staff lounges, funded in part by generous donations from the public during the COVID-19 pandemic.

During the first lockdown earlier this year, the RD&E Charity launched the #HelpUsHelpYou Appeal, which was designed to raise money to directly support the wellbeing of staff at the RD&E. Donations to this appeal, along with funding from NHS Charities Together and matched with money from the Trust, was used to create two new lounges away from clinical areas where staff can take their breaks.

The Sea View lounge and the Garden View lounge are both open for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and give staff another area to visit and relax during their well-earned breaks.

Ian Roome, Head of Fundraising at the RD&E Charity, said: “We’re really excited to see these new lounges open and are so incredibly grateful to NHS Charities Together, the Trust and everyone who donated towards our #HelpUsHelpYou Appeal.”

Dave Thomas, Interim Chief Nurse at the RD&E, said: “It’s so important to have spaces for staff around the Trust that are away from clinical areas and allow staff space to take their breaks, relax and refuel. Particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic and with social distancing, these spaces are more important now than ever before and we’re extremely grateful to NHS Charities Together, the Trust and everyone who donated to the #HelpUsHelpYou appeal.”

Chris Tidman, Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, said: “I’d like to say a huge thank you on behalf of the RD&E to everyone who donated and made this possible.”

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