Frontline pandemic heroes offered fully-funded therapy under new partnership

Frontline key workers whose mental health has been affected by the pressure of working through the Covid-19 battle are receiving fully-funded therapy sessions thanks to a new partnership. Community interest company Hampers for Heroes has joined up with Take A Seat, an organisation giving people access to a network of therapists across the country.Under the partnership, lockdown heroes can be nominated to receive up to 10 sessions of fully-funded therapy. Hampers for Heroes founder Victoria Hanson said: “People have been through such a stressful and high-pressure time and their mental health has been adversely affected. Those issues need to be …

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Hampers for Heroes opening new pop-up shop

A Midlands organisation set up to help key workers during the Covid pandemic is opening a new pop-up shop to boost funds and celebrate its first birthday. The Hampers for Heroes shop opens at the Touchwood shopping centre in Solihull on April 12 – when retail in England is allowed to restart. The shop, in the Poplar Arcade, will offer a range of branded merchandise, such as water bottles, tote bags, wellbeing items and gifts like sunflower pots for children. It will also include a wellbeing hub where people can drop in to discuss therapies such as mindfulness, meditation and …

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Dad’s mission to help families get immediate health advice

A dad fed up of wasted trips to A&E and long waits for doctors to see his young daughter has launched a new online GP service. Andrew Bretherton launched Quick Doctors as an option for families who need immediate medical reassurance. He also wanted to offer an alternative service for those who didn’t want to add to their GP’s workload during the Covid crisis. It followed reports that people were sometimes putting off seeing a doctor to avoid bothering them, potentially delaying diagnosis and treatment for serious conditions. “We are not trying to replace the GP service, but we wanted …

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Businesses donate 10,000 drinks and snacks to support NHS staff

Two Midland businesses have joined forces to help support under-pressure NHS workers by collecting over 10,000 donations of bottled water, coffee, tea and biscuits.  Bosses at Drain Doctor Plumbing and Coinadrink jumped in to help when they saw an appeal by Hampers for Heroes, a community enterprise which helps key workers by delivering hampers of treats and wellbeing items.  Hampers for Heroes had received a request from ICU doctors, who were looking for coffee, toiletries and other essentials, and shared it on social media to gather support.  When Richard Scandrett, director at Drain Doctor Plumbing in Burntwood, and Tom Williams, sales and …

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