On Thursday July 4 DHU Health Care presented four local charities with cheques for 2k at the company’s Head Office in the Johnson Building, Derby.
Funds were raised for LAMP (Leicestershire Actions for Mental Health Protection), Wishes 4 Kids, Treetops Hospice Care and Pathways of Chesterfield by DHU Health Care staff when they were vaccinated over the winter flu season.
Sue Langley and Sophie Jones (LAMP), Gary Lowe (Wishes 4 Kids), Nicky Ware (Pathways) and Laura McWha (Treetop Hospice) were welcomed by DHU’s Flu Planning Team, Paul Tilson (MD of DHU Urgent Care (Derbyshire) and Lisa Wallis (MD HR & Organisation Development) on the day to collect their £2k donations.
Over the 2018-2019 flu season the DHU aimed and succeeded in getting 75% of their staff vaccinated. The Flu Team gave out flu goodie bags, used a flu-ometer to reach their target and drove their dedicated “Flu Bug” car between the companies sites all in a bid to make the vaccination as accessible as possible.
As an extra incentive for each employee having their flu vaccination, DHU Health Care also offered to donate money to a selected charity. The four local charities were chosen by members of the flu team to highlight charitable work done throughout the Derbyshire and Leicestershire areas the company operates out of.
Gary Lowe, the Charity Manager for Leicester based Wishes 4 Kids, spoke about how they collect donations to grant wishes to very poorly children, children who are terminally ill, life limited, who have experienced life changing mental or physical traumas or been have severely abused.
He said: “We realised that we cannot take the suffering away, but whilst they are on their wish they are able to have that moment of respite.
The most popular wish that we do is a trip to Disney Land Paris, where they have a three day VIP experience and with the help we received today we are going to send a very special 6 Year old lady to do exactly that. Because of the donation she will be able to have that experience, meet all her favourite characters and have memories that will last forever.”
Sue Langley CEO of LAMP, who have been providing mental health support and advocacy services for the last 30 years for carers and service users across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland in a variety of settings, said: “the donations will go towards our peers support network. That’s people with lived experience helping others with lived experience to cope, to have a voice and to manage their recovering the social model.”
Neil Jones (Head of Clinical Transformation & Infection Prevention & Control Lead) said “One behalf of the DHU Flu Planning we would like to thank the charities for attending today. Over the last year we have successfully vaccinated 75% of our front line staff and with their flu vaccinations. On the back of that we have donated a sum of money to each of the charities for every person vaccinated.”
“Year on year extensive research is undertaken in order to ensure vaccines are effective against the multiple strains of Flu which have developed. The vaccine, together with good infection control practice, is crucial in order to help protect healthcare workers and vulnerable patients, while keeping our clinical services running as normal.”