Over 170,000 people sign up to help NHS battle Covid-19
Communities / Wed 25th Mar 2020 at 02:11pm
IN less than 16 hours, 170,000 volunteers have signed up to help the NHS fight coronavirus.
Yesterday (March 24) during the official Downing Street briefing, Health Secretary Matt Hancock called for 250,000 volunteers to help boost the government’s ability to protect those most vulnerable to COVID-19 and provide vital support for medics.
In less than a day, almost half that figure have already signed up, reports The Mirror.
Announcing the plans to set up an army of volunteers, Mr Hancock said: “We are seeking a quarter of a million volunteers, people in good health, to help the NHS, for shopping, for delivery of medicines and to support those who are shielded to protect their own health.”
He added that a call for people to return to the NHS has been “incredibly successful”.
How can you sign up to help the NHS?
Signing up is straightforward, and all you need to do is visit goodsamapp.org/NHS.
Once you have registered, you could be called on to take on one of the tasks.
The NHS has teamed up with the RVS and the GoodSAM app – a digital tool to help people offer their services to people in need – to launch the appeal, which was launched on Tuesday afternoon.