Barclays grants generous donation to Northamptonshire Health Charity’s COVID-19
Northamptonshire Health Charity, the independent charity supporting Northampton General
Hospital and Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust, has recently been awarded
funding by Barclays, as part of their COVID-19 Community Aid Package. The generous
grant is being used to meet the urgent needs of patients, staff and volunteers affected by
“We’re delighted that Barclays has awarded us funding which is helping in so many different
ways to support the hospital and staff across the community and mental health hospitals, to
deliver enhanced care and experiences for patients throughout Northamptonshire.” said Rob
Powell, Community Fundraiser for the charity. “So far, money from the grant has been
allocated to a wide range of projects that are having a huge positive impact for so many
Receiving £250,000 from Barclays has enabled the charity to fund some larger projects as
well as numerous smaller initiatives. Such as a refurbishment of the domestic and porter
changing facilities at Northampton General Hospital. Domestic and Porter staff are so
essential to the safe and effective running of the hospital and during the pandemic it has
become even more apparent just how integral they are. Although the existing facilities were
practical, the changes now being made will provide a welcoming and calm environment,
improving staff morale and wellbeing as the stresses of the pandemic continue.
Another large project at the hospital is for the wonderful volunteers team who are an
incredible support network for staff. During these uncertain times they’ve risen to the new
challenges presented by the pandemic. From helping to deliver patient toiletries and running
important errands for staff unable to leave wards; to coordinating the receipt of letters for
loved ones and keeping them in contact with each other via video calls on iPads and tablets
and so much more. They are about to launch a new service where they will be having
meaningful engagement with patients who no longer have coronavirus but are still
recovering in hospital and the charity has funded the wide-range of activity items they’ll be
using. These therapies delivered via the volunteers will aid recovery and patient wellbeing.
The volunteers did not have a base but they have now been provided with their own small
building and £20,000 from the Barclays grant will enable the team to create an environment
where all volunteers can feel part of the hospital team instead of being spread across the
For staff and patients at Berrywood mental health hospital, Northamptonshire Health Charity
is funding a sensory room on one of the wards. The creation of this room will further the
hospital’s development of these therapies enabling them to be offered to even more patients
from the local community during their stay. Not only this, but staff will also be able to benefit
from the relaxing and calming space.
During the initial lockdown and beyond it has been crucial for staff to get people outside and
keep them busy with activities to aid their recovery and wellbeing. The pandemic has not
made this easy but the charity is able to fund new projects for patients that are making this
possible. Staff on Brookview at Berrywood are designing a space specifically for the
therapeutic needs of their dementia patients, which aims to encourage the use of all motor

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skills like walking, reaching and bending. This green space will help reduce stress levels
and promote calm and relaxation for patients. The garden outside Hazelwood ward at
Isebrook Hospital in Wellingborough, is being transformed to encourage patients outside
enabling staff to offer them even more therapeutic activities. It will also be a great new
space available to staff during their break times.
Over at the Welland Centre, St Mary’s Hospital in Kettering, a multi-purpose workspace is
already providing a number of outdoor therapeutic activities for the acute mental health
patients on their wards. They can now develop this further by offering education on
horticulture, planning and maintaining, in addition to understanding the health benefits of
such activities. Patients have recently grown their own vegetables and carried them through
to cookery in a “ground to kitchen” project. Gardening and outdoor activities have provided a
lifeline to many patients who have felt increasingly isolated throughout the pandemic. As
some measures begin to ease there are still many restrictions in place so the development
of these spaces and projects have made a massive difference to people at such a difficult
and testing time.
Nigel Higgins, Barclays Chairman, said: “COVID-19 has created an unprecedented social
and economic impact in the UK, with many experiencing greater hardship due to the crisis.
Incredible charities, such as Northamptonshire Health Charity, the independent charity
supporting Northampton General Hospital and Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation
Trust have been playing a vital role in the UK’s response to the pandemic, ensuring urgent
help reaches those most in need of support. As a bank we have been doing all we can for
our customers, clients and colleagues, and we hope that by partnering with this charity and
many other charities across the UK, collectively we can ensure that as many people as
possible in the communities in which we live and work are supported through this crisis.”
Northamptonshire Health Charity are grateful to receive this local support from Barclays
because it is already having a big impact on people in the local community. There are so
many projects and initiatives that have been funded and that are being developed that not all
can be mentioned here but the charity is looking forward to continuing sharing updates on all
that is going on to make a difference.