At the start of a difficult year, it’s time to rewrite the down and dreary meaning of Blue Monday and turn it on its head - instead, let’s think of today as a chance to show support for the NHS at this incredibly challenging time.
With Google searches for ‘support the NHS’ up by 125 per cent since the beginning of the third lockdown, it’s clear that people across the country are already keen to find ways of showing their appreciation for the National Health Service.
Sustainable face mask brand, Ally (a partner of the Healthcare Workers Foundation), shares five easy steps people can take to help make a difference from the comfort of their own home - in fact, most of them can be done before the first Blue Monday brew of the day is even finished.
Give Blue Monday a new meaning with these five productive ways to support the NHS:
1. Share your support for the NHS on social media - share your love for the National Health Service by sharing links to supporting charities (such as the Healthcare Workers Foundation), or reach out to an NHS staff member you know and tell them how much they are appreciated - a little gesture like this really can go a long way!
2. Follow the NHS on Twitter for factual information and news updates - by following a factual source, you can ensure that you avoid consuming and sharing inaccurate information. A cheeky like and retweet wouldn’t go a miss either
3. Educate yourself on the current coronavirus guidelinesand most importantly, stay at home.
4. Donate - The Healthcare Workers Foundation is a charity set up by NHS workers to support NHS workers throughout the pandemic. Not only can you donate directly, but there’s the opportunity to be practical and make a donation too - with the purchase of a reusable Healthcare Worker’s Foundation x Ally face covering, 100 per cent of the profits from the purchase of this face covering goes to the Healthcare Worker’s Foundation.
5. Apply to volunteer - There are several ways in which you can volunteer to help the NHS during the pandemic, whether that be through volunteering at your local hospital or training to administer vaccines, you can support NHS efforts by signing up and being a part of the mission.
Dr Chris Lutterodt, GP and spokesperson for NHS workers charity Healthcare Workers' Foundation, said: "The news of yet another national lockdown and the growing impact the second strain is having on the nation, shows us just how important it is to follow the latest government guidelines.
“We understand it is an incredibly hard time for all and many haven’t been able to see their family or loved ones for months, but ensuring we are all continuing to wear our face coverings, wash our hands regularly, stay at home and social distance when out for essentials will help aid in slowly bringing back normality and reducing pressure on the NHS.”
As part of the HWF x Ally partnership, Ally has provided 30,000 masks to the Healthcare Workers Foundation who distribute the items to UK health workers. In addition, Ally donates all proceeds generated from the sale of Healthcare Workers Foundation-branded face covers, as well as £2 for every generic Ally face cover sold on the Ally website.
So far, we've raised over £20,000 for the charity, with the proceeds allowing Healthcare Workers Foundation’ to continue supporting those fighting to keep the nation healthy and safe.