Playground equipment manufacturer Wicksteed has been selected to supply and install outdoor gym equipment at Kettering General Hospital, thanks to charity funds raised by Sir Captain Tom Moore. 

The Rothwell Road hospital plans to build the gym, with 12 exercise stations, in its pocket park area for staff and members of the public.

Subject to Covid rules, it’s hoped it will be in place by the late summer using equipment from Kettering leisure company Wicksteed.

Captain Sir Tom, who died earlier this year, raised £32.8m for NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Appeal by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

And KGH has received a total of £269,000 so far to support initiatives throughout the pandemic, including the outdoor gym plan.

Kettering General Hospital’s Acting Director of Human Resources, Paula Kirkpatrick, said: “We have been very grateful for all the support we have received during the pandemic both from our local community and organisations like NHS Charities Together.

“Captain Sir Tom Moore was an inspiration to the nation and his legacy has continued to help hospitals to cope with the pandemic and move on into the future.

“He has helped so many NHS staff, across the country, through his fundraising.”

Jayne Chambers, who ran the trust’s We Care service during the pandemic, said: “These services have provided critical to the support of our colleagues and we want to continue to provide and expand them.

“Over the last year we have supported staff through initiatives like the We Care Café, Open Office and Out of Office and the outdoor gym will be another great outlet for people’s stress, support physical fitness, and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

“The demand from staff for psychological support is likely to increase as the long term impact of the pandemic is felt.”

KGH has received funding from NHS Charities Together to maintain its We Care services for a further 12 months to March 2022.

Its services will also be expanded to include more trauma management training, specialist support for more complex issues raised in Open Office and outreach services and increased mindfulness provision to ward areas.

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive for NHS Charities Together, said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore was a complete inspiration to us all and his memory lives on through the incredible programmes NHS charities have been able to fund.

“Thanks to his efforts, funds have reached the length and breadth of the UK through every one of our 241 member charities, and they have made a huge difference on the ground, both to address the immediate needs of patients and staff and to support the longer-term recovery of the NHS.

“His legacy will live on through the work of the Captain Tom Foundation.”


Playground equipment manufacturer Wicksteed has been selected to supply and install outdoor gym equipment at Kettering General Hospital, thanks to charity funds raised by Sir Captain Tom Moore. 

The Rothwell Road hospital plans to build the gym, with 12 exercise stations, in its pocket park area for staff and members of the public.

Subject to Covid rules, it’s hoped it will be in place by the late summer using equipment from Kettering leisure company Wicksteed.

Captain Sir Tom, who died earlier this year, raised £32.8m for NHS Charities Together’s Covid-19 Appeal by walking 100 laps of his garden before his 100th birthday.

And KGH has received a total of £269,000 so far to support initiatives throughout the pandemic, including the outdoor gym plan.

Kettering General Hospital’s Acting Director of Human Resources, Paula Kirkpatrick, said: “We have been very grateful for all the support we have received during the pandemic both from our local community and organisations like NHS Charities Together.

“Captain Sir Tom Moore was an inspiration to the nation and his legacy has continued to help hospitals to cope with the pandemic and move on into the future.

“He has helped so many NHS staff, across the country, through his fundraising.”

Jayne Chambers, who ran the trust’s We Care service during the pandemic, said: “These services have provided critical to the support of our colleagues and we want to continue to provide and expand them.

“Over the last year we have supported staff through initiatives like the We Care Café, Open Office and Out of Office and the outdoor gym will be another great outlet for people’s stress, support physical fitness, and enhance physical and mental wellbeing.

“The demand from staff for psychological support is likely to increase as the long term impact of the pandemic is felt.”

KGH has received funding from NHS Charities Together to maintain its We Care services for a further 12 months to March 2022.

Its services will also be expanded to include more trauma management training, specialist support for more complex issues raised in Open Office and outreach services and increased mindfulness provision to ward areas.

Ellie Orton, Chief Executive for NHS Charities Together, said: “Captain Sir Tom Moore was a complete inspiration to us all and his memory lives on through the incredible programmes NHS charities have been able to fund.

“Thanks to his efforts, funds have reached the length and breadth of the UK through every one of our 241 member charities, and they have made a huge difference on the ground, both to address the immediate needs of patients and staff and to support the longer-term recovery of the NHS.

“His legacy will live on through the work of the Captain Tom Foundation.”


 
 
 
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