As part of ongoing community efforts during lockdown, Uxbridge College donated one thousand branded small bottles of hand sanitisers to local care homes and health services. Bottles of water and other gifts were also given to staff at Wexham Park Hospital as well as Queen Mary’s Maternity Unit at West Middlesex University Hospital. A number of the students have parents and relatives working at the hospitals.
Hospital staff made a video of staff with their gifts as a “Thank you” to the students. The students also made a video of themselves clapping and saying “Thank you” during the now regular weekly Thursday night “Clap for our Carers” featuring Crimewtach presenter Rav Wilding, who also gave a talk to the students earlier this year.
The initiative to donate hand sanitisers was organised by the student support team who run Healthy College Week. They contacted local care homes that Uxbridge College works with.
Dr Darrell DeSouza, Principal of Uxbridge College and HCUC, headed out in mask and gloves with Kiran Rami, Head of Guidance and Student Services, to make the deliveries.
Dr DeSouza said: It means a lot to us at Uxbridge College and HCUC to be able to make even a small contribution to our care services during this incredibly difficult and stressful time. If we can do anything to raise a smile amongst our amazing health workers or to support efforts to stop the spread of the virus, there is no question whatsoever that we are going to do it. And it’s even better if we can make it part of our students’ learning and personal growth, as with Public Services students taking the initiative with the donations to Wexham Park Hospital staff – I’d definitely like to give them a shout out!
The Uniformed Public Service students gained volunteering hours for organising the donations. They are also planning a sponsored run which they will do individually during their daily exercise periods.
Among the care homes that received the hand sanitisers were Sweetcroft Residential Care Home in Hillingdon and Woodlands Care Home in Ickenham.