Wolves win NHS award for pandemic response

The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and Wolves have historically always had a good relationship, but this has been really strengthened during the Covid-19 pandemic – and has rightly seen the club announced as winners of the RWT Charity’s ‘Corporate Ambassador of the Year’ award.

At the start of the pandemic, thanks to the first-team players and staff, the club made a six-figure donation to the Trust, followed by one of the most important contributions which came at the height of the pandemic.

Wolves’ owners, Fosun, sourced a range of PPE, which was delivered to New Cross at a time of a national shortage. This donation included vital face masks, coveralls, and goggles.

As the crisis deepened, the Wolves family rallied again, and a fund set up by former players and staff and backed by the club’s supporters raised £51,071.23 to help kit out two Covid wards at New Cross Hospital.

The fund was led by former Wolves captain, and Wolves Foundation ambassador Karl Henry, who was born at New Cross and encouraged his former teammates and coaching staff to donate.

Karl said: “I felt it was really important that we joined together to support the hospital through the hardest time they have ever faced.

“All of the players and coaching staff who donated have such an affection for Wolverhampton and we were all touched by the amazing efforts of all the staff.

“I’m delighted that the fund was so well supported, by both former players and managers, but also by Wolves fans who donated. It’s great that the money we raised was used to help kit out the new Covid ward, which will have undoubtedly saved so many lives.”

The club, through the Wolves Foundation and Wolves Wishes initiative, also donated food parcels to Trust staff staying in the Novotel in Wolverhampton city centre.

Professor Steve Field CBE, The Royal Wolverhampton Hospital NHS Trust Chairman, said: “The generosity of these contributions underlines the strength of the bond between the Trust and the club, and they are truly deserving of this award. We hope our partnership will continue to go from strength to strength over the coming years.”

Wolves Foundation senior managers Tom Warren and Lee Smith are pictured with the award.