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COVID-19: Appeal launched to help local NHS staff



In response to huge support from the local community, SASH Charity ( has launched an appeal to help support NHS staff who are going above and beyond in providing outstanding care for patients and local people, during the unprecedented challenges posed by coronavirus. 

Staff at East Surrey Hospital, Redhill, and across Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) are (along with colleagues across the NHS) facing an incredibly challenging period.

Teams are reconfiguring services, providing additional intensive care space, and retraining and redeploying people into different roles to ensure that our local NHS can provide the best possible care for people who need it most.

The fundraising appeal is a chance for local people to directly support SASH hospitals and the staff who work here. 

Andrew Bickerdike, fundraising manager for SASH Charity said:

“It’s incredible to see the support for NHS staff at present, and we are hugely grateful for the support of a huge number of organisations and individuals in our community.

We are working closely with colleagues to support staff across our hospitals, and get your support where it’s most needed. We will be supporting trust-wide initiatives to support staff welfare through COVID-19, as well as backing staff who have great ideas.

We’ve also now launched a new quick access fund for staff who require small amounts of charitable funding. We also hope to (with the support of the community) build a small budget to fund social events for staff once the worst of this passes, by way of a thank you from our community.

We can only do this with your support. Please donate now at and leave a message of support.”


Three Bridges, Crawley Tesco store gives a helping hand to veterans in need



Lee Matthews, former Queens Royal Irish Hussar.

British armed forces veterans who face hardship and distress have benefited from a military annual fundraiser, with a little help from a Tesco Crawley store.

Former members of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars met up at the 4th Worth Scouts Hut in Crawley to reminisce about past events and enjoy their yearly BBQ.

They also had a range of fundraising events on the day, raising £537, with all proceeds going to The Veterans’ Charity.

Throughout the pandemic, the charity has continued to deliver vital support to veterans and their families, including food shopping, essential household products and toiletries, utilities credit, clothing, and smartphones to enable continued communication and to prevent isolation.

Many of the items donated to the veterans’ fundraiser came from the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, whose staff are keen supporters of the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars’ annual event.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity.

Martin Weathers, a Tesco staff member and fundraiser for The Veterans’ Charity, was among those at the event, having served with The Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars.

He said:

“I’m very grateful to Tesco for their generosity. Our annual BBQ was extremely enjoyable and entertaining, and it continues the brotherhood that most people miss after leaving the Forces.

“Leaving service life can be a dreadful time, especially for those who have been in for a long time, and some may have associated physical or psychological problems such as combat post-traumatic stress disorder.

“This is why get-togethers like this are so important, and Tesco’s contribution to helping us raise funds for service-people in need is incredibly important.

“It helps to provide much-needed funds for The Veterans’ Charity, enabling it to supply things such as basic food shopping for our most vulnerable veterans who have fallen on hard times.

“This year has been the busiest ever for The Veterans’ Charity, with more than 540 welfare requests. These are often referrals from other charities, but some have been directly from struggling veterans themselves, and all of them were satisfactorily resolved within 24 hours of the charity being contacted.”

Tesco has a long association with the Armed Forces, dating back to Tesco founder Jack Cohen and is a signatory to the Ministry of Defence’s Armed Forces Covenant. About 300 Tesco employees are members of the supermarket chain’s Armed Forces Network, and the supermarket is one of the largest employers of reservists and former service personnel.

Matt Ayling, manager at the Three Bridges Tesco Extra store, said:

“We’re really pleased to be able to help the Queen’s Royal Irish Hussars. Its members are amazing people and we all have a lot to thank them for, so our store is always keen to assist them if we can.”

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