A Sikh temple in Birmingham have made an incredible donation of £42,000 to NHS heroes battling coronavirus.

The Sri Dasmesh Sikh Temple in Lozells, Birmingham, pledged the generous sum to University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, which supports some of city’s biggest sites including the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the new Nightingale Hospital at the NEC, and also the Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Hospitals Trust, which runs a number of sites including City Hospital.

The temple president promised more money would be donated in the future.

The money will be used to pay for food for staff as well as radios and tables to keep patients entertained and keep in contact with loved ones who are not allowed to visit.

Charlotte Schofield, director of fundraising at University Hospitals Birmingham Charity, said: “We are incredibly grateful to everyone at Sri Dashmesh Sikh Temple, Birmingham, for their amazing support at this difficult time. The donation of £21,000 to our hospitals will help us to support our NHS Superheroes and the patients that they are treating at this challenging time.

“We are helping to support our staff by providing food, drink and toiletries in welfare hubs across the hospital to keep them refreshed during and after their shifts.

“University Hospitals Birmingham Charity will also help to support patients with this donation. We are buying radios and tablets for our wards that will keep our patients entertained, but will also help them to stay in touch with their friends and family at a time when they cannot have visitors to the hospital.”

Amanda Winwood, fundraising and membership academy manager at Sandwell and West Birmingham NHS Trust, also expressed her gratitude. She said: “Our friends at Sri Dasmesh Sikh Temple in Lozells have made a very generous donation to us to ensure the wellbeing of our NHS staff as they tackle the coronavirus pandemic. We are very grateful to them for their kindness and help at this difficult time. We are all in this together and we can all help the NHS by staying two meters apart and only going out if absolutely necessary. Thank you.”

Sukhwinder Singh Sungu, the president of the temple committee, added: “We are delighted to be able to support our NHS across Birmingham and the West Midlands at this difficult time. This donation is thanks to the generosity of the Gurdwara community, who have been very generous in making donations to help us to support those in need around the world. I know that the funds will help to make a difference to NHS staff and patients.

“We are hoping to donate even more money to support University Hospitals Birmingham and Sandwell and West Birmingham in the future, and we are asking for our community to continue their generosity with further donations that we will split between the two Trusts.”

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