MP COLUMN: Let’s back the NHS but also look out for our own health

Fingers crossed or prayers according to taste but following the official guidelines is continuing to save lives and the number of deaths is falling. But we still need the lockdown to protect ourselves and the NHS.

Thursday, 23rd April 2020, 7:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th April 2020, 9:56 am
Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP.

The NHS is rightly admired as we see when so many applaud health and care workers every week.

Many have been inspired by Captain Tom Moore, who is nearly 100. He sought to raise £1,000 for the NHS by doing 100 garden laps on his zimmer frame but that soared to over £25 million. Many are eager to contribute personally.

For those who can, I recommend our Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust’s JustGiving page that enables people to donate money to benefit staff and patients across Northumberland and North Tyneside.

Through its Bright charity, donations to the ‘Standing By Northumbria’ go towards supporting staff and volunteers’ health and wellbeing and improving patients’ experiences.

Readers can donate at or send a cheque payable to ‘Northumbria Healthcare Charity.’ The address is Bright Charity Office, Northumbria Foundation Trust, 7-8 Silver Fox Way, Cobalt Business Park, NE27 0QJ

To donate small toiletries and food to eat ‘on the go’ contact [email protected] or call 0191 203 1351.

Let’s back the NHS but also look out for our own health.

I worry that many ill people are avoiding health services because they don’t want to be a burden or fear infection. NHS services are safe and please don’t skip seeing the NHS if you need it.

Mary Glindon, North Tyneside MP