The #Rugby4NHS campaign began after rugby player, Samantha Emery, received treatment from her local hospital Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Blackheath and wanted to give something back to the NHS staff who had helped in her recovery.
She made a package filled with goodies for the staff, to show her appreciation and lift morale in such challenging times. Samantha, club captain of Rossyln Park Slingbacks, realised this could be an opportunity to mobilise the rugby community as a whole. She knew that many front line workers played at local rugby clubs, therefore it was clear that rugby was well placed to help as a sport.
The aim of the initiative, which started in January, is to send care packages to NHS workers who are facing incredibly challenging times. You can get involved by working with your club to contact local hospitals to confirm logistics, arrange a care package with snacks and toiletries and post their donation pictures on social media using the hashtag #Rugby4NHS.
Already the campaign has picked up some fantastic support, starting in London at the Slingbacks before spreading UK-wide with clubs involved from Kent to Merseyside, Lancashire and beyond. And while helping the NHS is the primary goal, it also supports continued engagement in the community game.
Teams can get involved in #Rugby4NHS in 4 easy steps:
1.Share on social that you’ve joined #Rugby4NHS
2.Connect with your local hospital
3.Arrange your care package
4.Post your donation pictures on social media tagging #Rugby4NHS