Erkan grew up in the East End of London and is proud to be part of such a diverse and vibrant community. He works at Newham Hospital as an assistant operations manager and he saw first-hand the support that Barts Charity has offered to NHS staff during the pandemic.
“The pandemic has been hard, I’m not going to lie. To see everyone coming into work every day, putting their lives at risk to save others, it has been a very emotional experience. There’s not a day goes by when I don’t think about what our teams sacrificed for our community during that first wave.”
“The support Barts Charity gave us during that time was vital. Not just for my department but all of the local NHS staff. The charity donated £7 million to help with our wellbeing. It was a very traumatic time and a lot of staff needed people to talk to. Barts Charity helped provide psychologists and wellbeing hubs – just so people can relax and clear their minds while so much is going on around them. I can’t thank them enough.”
Erkan wears his badge to show his support for Barts Charity and he encourages all East Londoners to show support for the local NHS heroes.
“When we all get behind our NHS – which is the best health service in the world – we can get so much more done and help people in so many more ways. So we should all wear the badge to show our support.”
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