Familes across Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire have praised the Denise Coates Foundation after it announced it would provide a £10 million cash boost to the local NHS.
The foundation – started by bet365 founder Denise Coates – will be giving the cash injection to Royal Stoke University Hospital in Hartshill and Stafford’s County Hospital as staff battle on the frontline against Covid-19.
University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) has confirmed the substantial grant will be given to the UHNM Charity to provide help and support to both staff and patients during the coronavirus pandemic.
In 2012 Denise Coates – the driving force behind bet365’s success – set up a charity (now called the Denise Coates Foundation) focusing on education, community and medical research, and was awarded a CBE.
StokeonTrentLive readers have praised the charity for supporting our local NHS.
Reader Wendy Tyler thanked the foundation for supporting the NHS. She said: “Fantastic, you should be so proud. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for your kind gesture.
“The NHS staff work so hard and very long hours, but they always wear a smile through good and bad times.”
Regina Colclough added: “That’s amazing of Denise Coates. It is just typical of one of the most generous families in Stoke-on-Trent.”
Darren Nicklin said: “A brilliant gesture! What she does for this city is fantastic. She certainly remembers where she is from.”
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Daniel Thompson also showed his support for the bet365 founder. He said: “Can we take a minute to say thank you! They built bet365 from the ground up, she’s pays in tax to the full, she looks after her staff. Just a big big thank you!”
Facebook reader Sean Hegarty praised Mrs Coates – who will be paying bet365 workers in full until at least August. He wrote: “Well done Denise!
“How lovely? Here’s proof the lady puts her money where her mouth is along with paying her staff a full wage.”
Victoria Ellis wrote: “What amazing news for us in North Staffordshire.
“Isn’t it lovely that one of our own is looking after the very heart of out community care?”
UHNM has thanked the charity for its donation and says it will help fund improved technology and help fund improvements to communication systems between clinicians.
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.”
‘They stand on the front line…’
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.”
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