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Here are five ways you can help during the Covid pandemic

The NHS is under immense pressure due to the Covid pandemic.

Its fantastic staff going above and beyond to keep us safe, so you may wish to show your thanks in ever more practical ways.

While standing outside and cheering for our health workers is a good way to give appreciation, there are other ways to show your support for our National Health Service.

Following the commencement of the third national lockdown, Google searches for 'Support the NHS' have gone up by 125 per cent, showing that people across Britain want to show they care.

Formerly known as HEROES, the Healthcare Workers' Foundation is a charity set up by NHS staff to support the welfare and wellbeing of their colleagues.

The charity provides services that cover the physical, mental and day-to-day needs of NHS heroes, from doctors and nurses to porters.

Dr Chris Lutterodt, GP and spokesperson for the Healthcare Workers' Foundation, said: "The news of yet another national lockdown and the growing impact the second strain is having on the nation, shows us just how important it is to follow the latest government guidelines.

"We understand it is an incredibly hard time for all and many haven't been able to see their family or loved ones for months, but ensuring we are all continuing to wear our face coverings, wash our hands regularly, stay at home and social distance when out for essentials will help aid in slowly bringing back normality and reducing pressure on the NHS."

There's also the 'NHS Charities Together'

There are more than 240 NHS charities across the UK and most of them focus on helping our hospitals do more. Collectively these charities give £1 million every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. In recent years NHS charities have funded major capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals, helping patients access the best possible care when they need it most.

They also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.

These vital funds and services are above and beyond what the NHS alone can provide, touching lives and making a huge difference to millions of people when they are at their most vulnerable.

Here are five productive ways to support the health service — and they're quick and easy to do:

Share your support for the NHS on social media

Share your love for the National Health Service by sharing links to supporting charities (such as the Healthcare Workers Foundation), or reach out to an NHS staff member you know and tell them how much they are appreciated — a little gesture like this really can go a long way.

Follow the NHS on Twitter for factual information and news updates

By following a factual source, you can ensure that you avoid consuming and sharing inaccurate information. A like and retweet wouldn't go amiss either.

Educate yourself on the current guidelines

And most importantly, stay at home when asked to.

Donate

The Healthcare Workers Foundation is a charity set up by NHS workers to support NHS workers throughout the pandemic. Not only can you donate directly, but there's the opportunity to be practical and make a donation too.

With the purchase of a reusable Healthcare Worker's Foundation x Ally face covering, 100 per cent of the profits will go to the Healthcare Worker's Foundation.

Apply to volunteer

There are several ways in which you can volunteer to help the NHS during the pandemic, whether that be through volunteering at your local hospital or training to administer vaccines, you can support NHS efforts by signing up and being a part of the mission.

Matt Bethell, Head of Marketing at Ally said: "During another national lockdown, with many of us at home, it can be difficult to think of tangible ways to show our support of the NHS and their efforts.

"As well as highlighting the importance of following government guidelines, we hope that these simple steps will help to encourage and inspire the public to show their appreciation and get involved."