Maudsley Charity has funded games and activities, including arts and crafts, with money received via the NHS Charities Together Urgent Appeal grant. This is to support young patients in mental health wards and in the community who are most likely to be adversely affected by the outbreak of coronavirus due to increased isolation.
Staff were concerned young people in their care are struggling more than usual because of visiting limitations to reduce the infection risk and the anxieties we all feel about the pandemic.
“Maudsley Charity’s donations have provided tools that will empower our young people in many ways: managing difficult emotions, being in the present or simply bring a smile.” – Elena Molina, Occupational Therapy Assistant at Bethlem Royal Hospital, London
Beth Harwood, Occupational Therapy Assistant at Kent and Medway Adolescent Unit in Staplehurst, Tonbridge, Kent, said: “The amazing range of creative activities provided by the Maudsley Charity is greatly appreciated. They will allow the young people to engage in a wide range of projects in our Occupational Therapy sessions. This will really help them to manage their wellbeing during such a tricky time.”
The funding has been made possible thanks to generous donations to the NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Appeal which aims to raise a total of £100million to support the health and emotional wellbeing of NHS staff, volunteers and carers caring for COVID-19 patients.