As a family, all we have been asked to do is stay at home - is that really a big ask?
We watch and we listen to the news but we are at home and our direct contact with what may happen over the next few weeks/months will hopefully only be through that distance.
For families with NHS workers though, they will have to live it and deal with it, for all of us.
I would like to help these people by setting up a fund to cover the cost of transport for NHS workers in Edinburgh The reasons for this are simple
Their time will be better spent in hospitals than waiting on other transport.
They should not have to wait to get home to their families after a shift.
Taxi drivers although maybe wanting to help where they can still have to pay for fuel and and car etc - I know many have already given NHS staff free transport while incurring a loss.
To say thanks to all Edinburgh NHS staff and to show that we appreciate their efforts.
The initial fund will be in partnership with Edinburgh’s Central Taxis who have agreed to provide a discount rate and whose vehicles - cleaned and sanitised and with a partition between driver and passenger - are the cleanest form of travel at this time.
Taxi drivers have already taken a financial hit to help NHS staff in Edinburgh so far - now let's help them and work together to support NHS staff in the weeks ahead.
The initial fundraising target is £5,000 and we will work together with Edinburgh’s Central Taxis to make sure 100% of funds raised are used for our NHS heroes who need it.
The service will be available to NHS Edinburgh workers as soon as the fundraising total passes £1,000 and will be paused at any time when demand is more than the funding available.
To NHS staff - if this fund can help you at this time, please accept our offer of support. Phone 0131 229 2468 to book a taxi to any Edinburgh hospital or back, quote NHSTaxi when booking and then NHSTaxiGoFundMe to confirm booking. Finally, all NHS staff using this service must show your NHS ID to the driver at the start of your journey.
Please forward link on any social platforms you are on and to any employers / businesses you are involved with or deal with.
Lets get behind this and show our support!