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Coronavirus: Kind-hearted public urged not to bring ‘lovely gifts’ to the Royal Free Hospital

Stick to social media or drop off food direct to key-workers' homes, hospital pleads

24 March, 2020 — By Tom Foot

A homemade card posted on social media that has boosted staff morale at the Free

MANAGERS at the Royal Free are urging the public not to drop off food donations at the hospital in Hampstead.

Brave NHS staff have been “overwhelmed” by shows of generosity and solidarity in the last week that has seen hundreds of cards and parcels left at reception in Pond Street.

This is now taking a toll on the already super-stretched service and well-wishers are being asked to stick to social media as a way of showing support.


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They suggested tweets and Facebook posts of homemade cards were just as up-lifting.

“We’ve been overwhelmed with positive messages from the public – thank you so much,” a Royal Free statement said.

“We’ve had so many lovely gifts for our staff from people and we’re very grateful. But in light of the latest advice we must ask members of the public not to come to any of our hospitals to bring things for our staff.

“However, we wholeheartedly encourage you to offer messages of support via our social media. We will keep you informed about other ways in which you can help support us going forward.”

 

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