Royal Free Charity Covid-19 Emergency Fund:

Impact Report, May 2020

Thanks to the wonderful generosity of our supporters, who have provided both financial assistance and gifts in kind, we have been able to run a range of projects to support Royal Free London staff during this critical time. These have been developed in close consultation with the hospital Trust, allowing us to effectively meet the rapidly evolving needs of our front-line NHS heroes.
The following report outlines our impact, in quantitative terms, over the past few weeks:

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Thanks to the generosity of donors and the efforts of charity staff and volunteers, free food and other essential items have been provided for staff in the charity’s sports centre, the Rec Club, since 3 April. Every day the stock room has been filled with thousands of items to be sorted and distributed across our hospitals and other sites.

The number of staff visits in the first eight weeks of operation.

The number of items provided in the first eight weeks of operation.

The number of prepared meals provided per day

The number of prepared meals per day delivered to staff who are working in high-risk wards and are unable to come to the shop.

Community chests

Set up four weeks ago for staff at Barnet Hospital and taken to satellite sites as the equivalent provision to [email protected] Free.


The number of boxes provided to staff rest rooms. Each box is filled twice a week with snacks, drinks, lip balms, hand creams and more.

Outreach food delivery to isolated staff

Each box has contained food for two adults for a week. Referrals have come from the Trust and have been delivered to isolated staff within 24 to 48 hours.


The number of boxes provided to staff rest rooms. Each box is filled twice a week with snacks, drinks, lip balms, hand creams and more.

REST (Resilience and Emotional Support) areas

These are relaxation rooms where staff have been able to sit, rest, and eat away from the stress on the wards. In addition, ‘wobble’ rooms have been provided where staff can get one-to-one emotional support from trained therapists.


The number of Wingman areas for which the charity has funded the furnishings.

Patient services and volunteer activity

The number of care packages provided to patients being discharged from hospital.

The number of volunteers working at Free @ the Free and Barnet Hospital sorting deliveries and preparing food packages.

The number of calls made to charity volunteers each week to check in on them.

ICU artwork project

Sinead Hanton, matron on the intensive care unit at the Royal Free Hospital, asked the charity to help brighten a long corridor that connects the ICU West ward to the staff room and office area. She wanted the staff working in the most challenging environment to feel inspired and appreciated at the start and end of shifts.

The length of the corridor with children’s artwork on one side and inspirational graffiti art on the opposite side.

The time it took for two graffiti artists to create two powerful pieces of artwork for the corridor.

The number of individual A4-sized pictures needed to cover one side of the corridor.

Support for vulnerable babies and their parents

When a vulnerable new baby has been on the Starlight neonatal unit usually their mother stays with them. During this crisis, only one parent has been able to visit their baby at Barnet Hospital, for a maximum of two hours a day, However, if they have demonstrated any Covid-19 symptoms, they have not been able to visit at all. In these circumstances, the charity has provided special ‘Lamb’ teddies. These play music and the recorded voice of the parent, providing comfort to the baby, as well as to new mothers and fathers.


The number of lamb teddies purchased by the charity.

Thank you for all your support to date and for making this critical work possible. Find out how our wonderful fundraisers have been supporting us.

We will keep you closely updated on our progress and what our staff continue to need during the pandemic. Contact us at [email protected]