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The NHS Western Isles Donations Group is asking all local businesses throughout the Outer Hebrides to sign up to a NHS Staff Voucher Scheme, to enable its staff to purchase items from their businesses.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, NHS Western Isles has received many generous cash donations from local and national organisations, including a £40,000 donation from Point and Sandwick Trust and a £39,000 donation from the NHS National Charities Together.
This has allowed it to provide a number of comfort items to front line staff and patients including toiletries, electrical goods and comfortable seats for break areas.
A questionnaire was distributed to staff seeking their views on how to spend the monies. Following feedback it has been decided that a portion will be used to give all NHS Western Isles staff a £20 voucher, to be redeemed at any local business that supplies approved goods or services and has signed up to the scheme.
Staff feedback showed they are keen that as much of the money as possible is spent supporting local businesses. The vouchers, which will be distributed to staff and retailers/businesses who sign up, will then be reimbursed by NHS Western Isles.
The Donations Group is asking businesses to get in touch and sign-up to the scheme. Any staff member who has a preferred business they would like to use their voucher with, can ask the business to get in touch so they can be added to the approved supplier list.
If you are based within the Outer Hebrides and would like to be included in the scheme, please email the Donations Group at: firstname.lastname@example.org for further details.
The scheme is open to all goods and services, with the exception of items such as alcohol, tobacco products and other prohibited goods. Further details can be provided by email.