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Fundraising for First You

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First You are a group of health care professionals who share a vision for a world where those in caring professions are actively supported to fit their own oxygen masks first.

Our belief is that caring for those who care for us is a necessity and not an optional add-on. With our many collective years working in the NHS and allied professions, we have experienced a culture where sacrifice is prioritised over self-care, where bullying is common and where workers feel undervalued. We have experienced the endemic stress and burnout and tragic suicide of colleagues.

At First You, we want to catalyse long lasting cultural change - changes that will serve both this generation and the generations that follow. We were in the first few months of planning a series of resources to serve our colleagues in health care when COVID 19 emerged. This epidemic brought forward our plans for a website to signpost the help and resources we wished we’d had available to us over the years.

This website was developed and launched in less than 10 days. We did this together. With our friends. With colleagues. With people we’ve not met yet, but whom we look forward to meeting. Collaboration at its best.

Moving forward we have big plans. We know that change needs both grassroots organisations like our own AND the engagement of those in policy making positions. Well-being is now on the agenda at top levels. So there has never been a better time for us all to collaborate and create tangible actions that are visible to, and experienced by, healthcare professions on the front line. 

In order to make this happen we need financial backing – this will enable us to gain publicity, obtain professional support in our campaigns and maintain the momentum that has got us this far. We also have ongoing costs associated with the running and maintenance of our website to ensure it remains a current resource for healthcare professionals in need.

Every donation is gratefully received and will take us a step closer to achieving our vision of an NHS whose workers are thriving rather than just surviving.

Thank You

Fundraising team: First You (6)

Helen Eades
Organizer
England
Jo Turner
Team member
Morag Young
Team member
P Shah
Team member
Sally Moorcroft
Team member

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