THE community has rallied around Dorset County Hospital after an appeal was launched to support our NHS heroes battling the coronavirus pandemic.

The hospital's charity has said a 'big thank you' for the generous support received so far for its Dorset Echo-backed campaign.

So far, more than £11,000 has been raised since it launched on Tuesday.

The community is showing incredible support our wonderful NHS staff as they work tirelessly caring for patients during the coronavirus crisis – as demonstrated by the massive show of appreciation from Clap for our Carers across the nation.

We are all aware of the magnificent effort our NHS staff are making, going above and beyond, to provide the vital care which is needed.

Long shifts and growing numbers of patients means the wellbeing of staff at DCH is essential to help keep them healthy and resilient.

Funds raised are going to Dorset County Hospital Charity’s special DCH Covid-19 appeal fund to benefit the hospital’s staff working under immense pressure.

This will fund initiatives to support staff at DCH, such as nutritious snacks and drinks to help boost the morale of staff on the frontline including the emergency department, the critical care unit and other care wards; to provide blow-up mattresses or camp beds to enable staff to grab some much-needed sleep if there is not the chance to return to their accommodation; more tables and chairs outside for valuable breaks in the fresh air; hand cream as they are washing their hands so much and wearing gloves which dries them out and many other ways.

The charity says your generous gift won’t be used to pay for equipment and services the government has committed to funding, and that the DCH Covid-19 appeal is 'all about caring for our much-loved NHS staff whilst they care for us during this difficult time.'

A spokesman for the charity said: "The NHS is at the forefront of the fight against Covid-19 and our dedicated staff at Dorset County Hospital would value your support. Every donation will help make a difference – thank you."

To donate to the appeal, visit

Financial donations may also be sent to: DCH Covid-19 Appeal, DCH Charity, Williams Avenue, Dorchester DT1 2JY.

Please do not bring financial donations or donations of goods in to the hospital at this time.