Spennymoor-based national training provider, Learning Curve Group (LCG) has donated 29 digital tablets and valuable PPE to South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust to support staff and patients during to the Covid-19 outbreak.
By donating the tablets, they hope patients are able to have contact with the outside world and loved ones. Since visits are restricted, staff have witnessed many heart-breaking situations which could have been eased if families could communicate with their loved ones.
Earlier in the pandemic LCG decided to help ease the pressure on those worst affected groups and charities in County Durham and donated their entire fund of over £20,000 to support front-line community groups.
Alongside the tablets, LCG’s academies have also donated PPE. Their Sunderland Construction Academy and Hartlepool Beauty Academy donated masks and gloves to a local GP practice in Sunderland and South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
The caring and compassionate staff members are also giving a helping hand in whichever way they can.
One example is Tutor Rebecca Pattinson, who has been busy making scrub bags and mask holders which have been distributed to care homes and hospitals including Auckland Park Mental Health Hospital. Rebecca is busy making more which will be sent to Darlington and Durham Hospitals.
Brenda McLeish, CEO Learning Curve Group, said: “It was a privilege to be able to support NHS patients at South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust with the donation of 29 tablets.
“There’s never been a more challenging time and being able to help connect patients to their families is the least we could do.
“I am delighted that we’ve also been able to donate the remaining essential PPE from our academies and I’m exceptionally proud of Rebecca for using her own time to make scrub bags and mask holders for the frontline staff.”
Beverley Smith of South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust said: “Thanks to the donations of tablets from Learning Curve Group, patients are able to communicate to those who can’t visit.
“What some would see as small gestures have such a huge impact on our patients and I can’t thank them enough for their amazing donation.”