Local businesses support a thank you to nearly 8000 staff working in health and care

Just before Christmas, the delivery of around 7,900 thank you boxes commenced to health and care workers in north east Essex with staff being recognised across the sector, from public, private and voluntary organisations. The boxes have been funded by the incredible donation given to the North East Essex Health & Wellbeing Alliance from ROL Cruise.

Managing Director of ROL Cruise, Sarah Wikevand, explains:

“Throughout the last 10 months, we have been humbled by the fantastic efforts shown by our health professionals and local voluntary sector, who have worked tirelessly every day, to support those impacted by COVID-19.  We wanted to help in some way so set about raising £100,000 and were delighted to hit this target in just three months. We are very proud to have been able to support the Alliance in this way and I would like to extend my gratitude and thanks and on behalf of the whole team at ROL Cruise to all those working in the health and care sector”.

When Allistair Hunter, MD of local publishing house the DS Group, heard about the campaign he wanted to get involved.  The company has not only sourced the items, created bespoke products to promote self-care and assembled the boxes, but they have also organised the distribution too.  Allistair explained: “It was a pleasure to be involved and I hope it brings a smile to many faces”.

The boxes contain a variety of goodies designed to boost health and wellbeing and the gesture has already gone down well with the first recipients.

Pam Green, Executive Lead for the North East Essex Health & Wellbeing Alliance said:

“We all know that 2020 has been a challenging year but it has been lovely to be able to acknowledge health and care colleagues for the fabulous work they have done.  And massive thanks to customers and staff at ROL Cruise for the amazing donation that made this possible, and for the team at the DS Group who have co-ordinated the production and distribution of the boxes.  The receiving of these boxes has given our staff a real boost”.

Image shows: Driver Russell Mead from the DS Group, with some of the boxes.

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