Millwall Community Trust's 'We Do Care' initiative - to aid NHS workers - began this week at Lewisham Hospital.
The club’s players are joining forces with staff and volunteers from Millwall Community Trust (MCT) to deliver a range of engaging initiatives and programmes designed to provide NHS workers from three local hospitals opportunity for much-needed respite, as well as to support the needs of their families too.
The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has been felt throughout all of society but nowhere more so than in hospitals where NHS staff have continued to go far beyond the call of duty each and every day, often at the expense of their own physical or mental health and home and social lives.
Millwall Community Trust's fine work continued with the launch of the 'We Do Care' project, with delivery of twice-weekly Yoga sessions - in which 35 staff attended - as well as two finance advice workshops being run - in which over 80 staff attended - for the hospital's NHS workers.
MCT’s Hospital Heroes project aims to give something back to those who deserve it most and will include personnel hosting:
- A personal food shopping/parcel delivery service
- Tea, coffee and cake mornings at the Lions Centre
- Virtual and face-to-face yoga and personal training sessions
- Cooking lessons
- Finance workshop with Barclays
- Health and general wellbeing ‘buddy’ walks
- Dance and fitness classes
- Continuing Professional Development (CPD) qualification workshops
- Gardening masterclasses
- Walking Sport sessions
A selection of players from Millwall’s first team will also become virtual reading partners for the young children of NHS workers amongst other plans for families, which includes:
- Multi-sports coaching
- Morning virtual fitness workouts
- Booster education sessions
- Employability/college support classes for teenagers
- Zoom quizzes and interview opportunities with senior Millwall staff
- Weekend sports clubs
- Tours of The Den
As well, Millwall fans have already been donating money towards gifts for NHS staff and their families using the Virtual ‘Hope Tree’ with all presents to be delivered before Christmas by Trust staff and volunteers.