James Hall & Co are set to donate nearly 1/4 of a million pounds to Royal Preston Hospital to set-up new rest and recuperation centres.
Staff at the hospital shall benefit from the investment which see James Hall & Co refurbish the current facilities which give staff a chance to rest, sleep and shower.
James Hall & Co are based in the north of England and are a wholesaler to Spar.
The scheme will include refurbished male and female showers, cubicles and lockers, as well as special sleep “PODS” for staff who have been working long shifts and are too tired to drive home safely.
Andrew Hall said: “As a longstanding local business, we wanted to make a donation which would have a positive impact on NHS staff morale and provide a legacy for the community which would reach far beyond COVID-19.”
Karen Partington, Chief Executive at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said the investment would have a direct impact on staff welfare. “We are extremely grateful that our generous donor, James Hall and Company, has agreed to back this particular project which is important to us as it was the brainchild of one of our own clinicians.
“We know that high quality facilities like these will make a huge difference to staff and help improve their physical and mental well-being, which in turn helps them to provide the best possible patient care. We also know that this kind of investment in our estate encourages the recruitment and retention of staff, which is more important than ever before.”
Paula Wilson, Head of Charities and Fundraising for Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, added: “This extremely generous gesture will have a huge impact on staff morale, at what is an exceptionally challenging time. Being able to offer staff on-site accommodation is a real lifesaver for those who spend their working lives saving others.”