Piers Morgan – one of the hosts of Good Morning Britain – has praised Stoke City and the Denise Coates Foundation after the foundation awarded a £10million grant to staff and patients at Royal Stoke and County Hospital.
Speaking on GMB earlier this morning, Piers, aged 55, said the £10million grant awarded to the hospitals was an ‘amazing gesture’.
He said: “Stoke City – you wouldn’t think of them as being one of the big players of football.
“They’ve got wealthy owners and the owners have not only committed to do five months, I believe, of full pay for all staff but they have also donated £10 million to the local NHS which is an amazing gesture.
“I think it’s the Coates family. They are very wealthy, but you know what? A lot of wealthy people are stepping up and a lot of wealthy people are not stepping up.”
Yesterday, University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) confirmed the grant will be given to UHNM Charity to support its staff and patients during the current Covid-19 crisis.
The substantial grant will enable the charity to drawdown funds to deliver a number of significant schemes which will enhance and improve patient care and support staff at both Royal Stoke Hospital and County Hospital, Stafford, through the unprecedented demand for their services during this pandemic.
UHNM chief executive Tracy Bullock said: “We are extremely grateful to the Denise Coates Foundation for this significant grant to support our staff and patients during Covid-19 and beyond.
“As a result of Covid we have rapidly established new ways of working but in some circumstances are lacking the technology to do this in the most effective way.
“This investment will help fund schemes and provide latest technology to improve communications between clinicians; between clinicians and patients and between patients and their families.
“Covid-19 is also affecting our local communities and this significant investment will also be used for initiatives with our partners in the community, mental health and social care to support them to support us.”
Denise Coates CBE, Denise Coates Foundation Trustee, said: “The trustees of the Foundation are committed to supporting the efforts of the University Hospitals of North Midlands, as it, its staff and its wider community of carers and volunteers face what must be the most demanding circumstances in the hospitals and, indeed, the NHS’s history.
“It and they stand on the front line in the battle against Covid-19.
“We have all seen and heard the events unfold in the media as day after day the number of those infected increases and the number of those who tragically lose their lives also rises.
“There are many stories of people suffering without the comfort of close friends and family as restrictions on people’s movement prevent loved ones visiting.
“This is why I and the other Trustees felt we had to step forward and approach the UHNM to see what we could do to help.
“We are sure that the funding the Foundation provides will make a huge difference to the Hospital, the staff and more broadly the people of North Staffordshire and the surrounding area.”
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