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Over 250,000 sign up to volunteer to help NHS assist the vulnerable

Thousands have responded to a call asking people to volunteer with the NHS.

It comes after the Health Secretary Matt Hancock called on Britons on Tuesday evening to sign up to assist the NHS in helping vulnerable people amid the current Coronavirus pandemic. Volunteers will be asked to help deliver food and medicines, drive patients to appointments and phone the isolated and vulnerable, among other tasks.

170,000 people signed up overnight following the announcement and the target of 250k has now been met, according to reports. Professor Stephen Powis, the NHS National Medical Director said;

'In times like this we see outbreaks of altruism, people wanting to help, so it's a wonderful response — in the same way as all the doctors and nurses who are saying they'll come back.'

It was announced on Tuesday that over 11,000 medics have agreed to return to the NHS during the pandemic, and more than 24,000 final year student nurses and medics will also be joining the front line.

Originally, a quarter of a million volunteers had been called for. That target has now been reached, but you can still sign up to help (if you are fit and health and over 18) at goodsamapp.org/nhs.

 

Photo Credit: Pippa Fowles / No 10 Downing Street under licence (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

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