Denise Coates Foundation donates £10m to NHS

The Denise Coates foundation has made a sizeable donation to the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The Denise Coates Foundation, the charity set up by Denise Coates, the co-chief executive of Bet365, has awarded a £10m grant to a regional National Health Service (NHS) charity to support staff and patients amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The £10m donation

The regional NHS charity, University Hospitals of North Midlands (UHNM) Charity, will receive the £10m grant and use the funds to deliver several schemes aimed at improving patient care and supporting staff members.

These new initiatives will be rolled out at the UHNM’s Royal Stoke Hospital and County Hospital in Stafford. Both of these hospitals are located in Stoke-on-Trent, near Bet365’s global headquarters.

UHNM Chief Executive Tracy Bullock said: “We are extremely grateful to the Denise Coates Foundation for this significant grant to support our staff and patients during Covid-19 and beyond. As a result of Covid we have rapidly established new ways of working but in some circumstances are lacking the technology to do this in the most effective way.

“This investment will help fund schemes and provide latest technology to improve communications between clinicians; between clinicians and patients and between patients and their families.”

Denise Coates, who serves as a trustee of the foundation, said: “We have all seen and heard the events unfold in the media as day after day the number of those infected increases and the number of those who tragically lose their lives also rises.  There are many stories of people suffering without the comfort of close friends and family as restrictions on people’s movement prevent loved ones visiting.

“This is why I and the other Trustees felt we had to step forward and approach the UHNM to see what we could do to help.  We are sure that the funding the Foundation provides will make a huge difference to the Hospital, the staff and more broadly the people of North Staffordshire and the surrounding area.”

Another donation to the NHS

The donation made by the Denise Coates Foundation marks the latest support initiative by the gambling sector to the NHS amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Earlier this week it was announced that a handful of UK gambling operators would donate a combined $2.6m in profits from the 2020 virtual Grand National to NHS Charities.

The week prior, The Jockey Club, the governing body of the UK gambling industry, announced it would donate 10,000 tickets to the NHS for the first day of the 2021 Grand National Festival. These tickets will be made available to workers in the Merseyside area as the Grand National takes place at the local Aintree Racecourse.

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