Status as a Community Interest Company (C.I.C)

Hello!

We hope you are all keeping safe out there and looking out for each other.

We have some lovely news!

Hampers for Heroes has secured status as a Community Interest Company (C.I.C)!

This means we are a not-for-profit social enterprise. Going forward, we aim to build stronger communities and address the mental health toll of this awful pandemic.

This is incredibly exciting for all of us and will hopefully open lots of doors for us to continue sending care, light and love. We want to continue recognising the sacrifice others have made to keep our society safe.

As ever, your support means the world.

Do keep an eye on our socials – there will be lots more news to share over the coming weeks and new ways for you to get involved!

Love & Light,
H4H

Now reached over 30,000 healthcare staff

We are so proud of how far we’ve come – we’ve now reached over 30,000 healthcare staff…but we’re not done yet!

We wouldn’t be here without your amazing donations, support and volunteering – thank you for helping us bring our community together 👏

Please SHARE this post so we can reach even more people, and even more heroes 🤩 🌈 https://gf.me/u/yj5tnv

World Photo Day

It’s #WorldPhotoDay 📸, which we thought was the perfect excuse to share even more photos of the amazing healthcare heroes we’ve met over the last few months! 💙

Please keep supporting teams like these by donating snacks, drinks and handcreams, or donate from home here: https://gf.me/u/yj5tnv 🌟

Thank you for helping us to say #ThankYouHeroes

New Website

Welcome to our shiny new website, how do we look?!

Consider this our HQ if you will … the one-stop-shop for everything ‘Hampers for Heroes’. If you want to donate, volunteer, nominate, catch up on our latest news, get in touch … you can do it all here.

The big news this week is that we are submitting our charity application to the charity commission! Hopefully this means that very soon we will be a registered charity and with this superpower, we will be able to give thanks, love and support to our health and social care heroes in bigger and better ways. So … watch this space!

Our social media campaign #ThankYouHeroes, launched recently with our amazing friends at AMG, Law Creative and Daisy Craydon PR has already gathered brilliant support from some incredibly inspirational people. Click the video below to watch Azeem Amir, Blind England Footballer (and world record holder for fastest blind Tough Mudder Challenge!) thank his heroes. As we look back on a difficult few months in lockdown and as our communities begin to open up again, it’s important to say #ThankYouHeroes to the healthcare workers who have kept us safe. Join in and share your message on social media using the hashtag #ThankYouHeroes – let’s make sure our heroes know how appreciated and supported they are!

In the meantime, please continue donating what you can to our gofundme page … pennies, pounds, it all helps. You could consider donating a coffee break to a hardworking team; Just £5 can buy 6 packets of biscuits and 16 cups of coffee for a healthcare team who need a break.

Thanks for all your support so far, together we are doing a great thing.

Love & Light,

H4H

Annie Sheppard

Losing my mum, my mentor, my best friend, the person who made me who I am, has hit my inner self with such a hard hitting blow, I barely know how to walk through life without her by my side. My thoughts are often low, incredibly sad, without a purpose, despite having my own wonderful family. That is the effect of grief – and our whole world is full of it.

I am a self-motivated person, and I know that the best strategy to manage grief is to focus on a positive part of life. To me, this is Hampers for Heroes. The group gave me the opportunity to retrain my thoughts and to process all the grief, to battle with the sad thoughts and have a new purpose.

Some days I still wake up, visualise my mum, and yes the tears still come, and I hope they always will. But being part of the beautiful team that is Hampers for Heroes helps me to manage my mental health every day. Sometimes you can’t quantify or qualify or even put into words what something means to you. It’s just a state of being there. In being part of this team, I have got through the very worst experience of my life. And that, is how much it means.

Jon Endres

Your beautiful hampers were delivered yesterday and I’ve been inundated with ‘Thank You’s and appreciation to be passed on to your team all day. Each staff member affected by symptoms or isolation has had a really tough time recently, your generosity has given them such a boost.

I wanted to congratulate you for doing such a fantastic thing for these hard workers. Their complete dedication has not gone unnoticed by the country and your hampers made them realise this. Please pass on my thanks to everyone who is supporting you – you’re all amazing.

Jayne Wilson

Donating to Hampers for Heroes is an absolute honour – not only to feel like we’re supporting and making a difference, but to see the dedication too.

I have seen first-hand the impact of receiving a hamper at the Young Persons Unit at the QE Hospital. The way the nurses on the ward were uplifted was priceless, they were overwhelmed and so thankful.
Hampers for Heroes is an amazing initiative which supports our hard working key workers. I’d love to see them grow nationally with the support to be here beyond Covid-19.