Yesterday may have been dubbed “Blue Monday” but there were smiles all round at Walsall Manor Hospital thanks to the feel-good factor created by our Well Wishers charity.
Blue, or Sad, Monday on the third Monday of January is so called because it’s the time of year when we’re all cold and broke and our New Year’s resolutions may well have fallen by the wayside.
Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust’s Fundraising Manager Georgie Westley was determined to give staff a real pick-me-up and she enlisted the help of Joe Fielder and Anthony Swaby from our Chaplaincy – Spiritual Care Team.
Armed with goodies donated by community contacts the trio visited the wards to spread some joy and make people smile.
Georgie said: “After the year our staff have had the last thing they needed was Blue Monday! So I came up with the idea of using this opportunity to go and talk to them, tell them we are all behind them, thank them for everything they’re doing and take them some treats.”
“Joe and Anthony were on hand with some quite terrible jokes but also to remind staff of the support that is available through our Chaplaincy – Spiritual Care Team. Their door is always open to everyone.
“I’d like to thank those in the community who stepped forward to help us do this as it wouldn’t have been possible without their generosity:
- Morrisons, Bescot
- Mohammed Arif
- Mohammed Adi Zeb (Director of Almageer Foods Ltd)
- Muhammad Khan (UMO)
- Balbir Seimar (Hindu Forum)
And as an extra special touch, Georgie approached local artist Simon Patel to see if he could create a meaningful piece of work for each ward to display. After discussing ideas together Simon came up with a lovely hand drawn picture of nursing heroine Sister Dora along with our hashtag #WalsallandProud.
Georgie added: “Thank you to everyone involved for making this happen. All the support and donations from the community and colleagues really do make a difference.
“We hope this brought a smile to colleagues’ faces and made Monday that little bit better for them.”