GENEROUS readers have managed to hit the £5,000 target of Newsquest’s fundraising campaign to support frontline NHS staff.

Last week, we launched Support Our NHS Guardian Angels – a national bid across our newspaper group to raise cash for NHS Charities Together’s urgent Covid-19 appeal.

And by day six, kind-hearted readers had smashed our initial target with donations now exceeding £6,250.

The appeal will remain active to generate as much financial support for those on the frontline as possible.

NHS Charities Together is a combined charity which supports 250 hospitals around the UK. It is hoping to raise £100million and has already received £15million in donations.

Money will be used for food parcels, covering the cost of travel and accommodation for staff and to buy equipment or items requested by frontline workers.

Local newspapers across the Adver's publishing group Newsquest have joined the campaign – from as far afield at Falmouth in Cornwall to Inverclyde in Scotland.

Those donating, shared messages of support for our fantastic health service.

Caroline Peck wrote: “The NHS is amazing. Thank you to all the brilliant staff for everything that you are doing.”

While Claire Griffiths wrote: “Thinking of everyone as we battle against coronavirus and the challenges we face.”

And Tachpicha Barnes said: “I would like the frontline staff to have proper equipment.”

David Fuller simply wrote: “Can’t think of a bigger word than thank you.”

Katie French, who is co-ordinating Newsquest’s national campaign, said: “It is a privilege to be able to raise money for the incredible staff of the NHS who are the backbone of our efforts to fight Covid-19.

“Local news publishers are much more than just delivers of news but hubs of the community and this has never felt more keenly than during a time of uncertainty.”

Newsquest editorial director Toby Granville said: “I am delighted that we are in some small part able to give something back to show our appreciation for the NHS workers and volunteers.

“We hope our army of readers will use this campaign to show their gratitude for those who are putting themselves in harm's way every day but saving many lives by doing so.”

Ellie Orton, chief executive of the charity, said ‘This is a phenomenal start to our appeal.

"We are so grateful to everyone who is fundraising and donating, both big and small.

"You are making a huge difference. One week in with very little publicity we’ve made a fantastic start towards our ambitious £100million target.

"NHS staff and volunteers up and down the country have our support and we will reach that target for them.”

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