#BopForTheBeacon – Dancing nurses raise spirits of isolated

May 6, 2020

The Sussex Beacon has launched a digital participation challenge asking its supporters to record themselves dancing as an act of solidarity and support for clinical teams. Participants will record themselves dancing in front of their phones or computers and upload them with a message supporting Sussex Beacon nurses and doctors, as well as their support teams working through the current COVID-19 crisis.

Using Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, participants are asked to tag the Sussex Beacon on their posts and use the hashtag #BopForTheBeacon. The Sussex Beacon also suggests nominating two or more friends to join in with each post, to help spread the word and keep the chain of gratitude going.

Mark Bond, fundraising manager said: ‘Having had first-hand experience of COVID- 19 symptoms in the past week with the possibility at one stage of being admitted I know how scary this virus can be – and mine was relatively mild. All the staff working 24 hours a day within the Beacon supporting our vulnerable patients have been amazing and worked together as a team. Our Housekeeping team are working tirelessly, our patient kitchens are still open and the clinical team is keeping people safe with high-end care. I couldn’t be prouder of them all.

‘I know how hard it is for people in the current environment but a donation of £20 could support a nurse for an hour. That makes an enormous difference to the Beacon and the care we provide, which is rated as Outstanding by the CQC.’

While participants may donate if they wish to the Sussex Beacon’s efforts (the charity has kept its doors open throughout the crisis for those living with HIV and their dependents or relatives) the main aim is to spread the word about how thankful the community is for the efforts of healthcare workers across all of East and West Sussex.

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