The South Tees Hospitals Charity has received nearly £35,000 in donations from the local community during the coronavirus pandemic.

Staff have also received gifts from the local community including 18,000 Easter eggs, 20,000 bottles of water, PPE and scrubs.

£130,000 has been raised overall for South Tees Hospitals and part of the donations also came from money raised by 100-year-old Tom Moore. The World War Two veteran walked 2.5 kilometres around his garden to raise donations for NHS Charities Together in April.

Suzi Campbell, from South Tees Hospitals Charity, explained how the gifts and donations have boosted staff morale.

She said: “Ahead of the 72nd NHS birthday, on Sunday, we wanted to thank everyone who has supported us recently. We have been humbled by the outpouring of love not just here in Teesside but across the county.

“It’s been an absolute honour and a privilege and although it has been a tough time our staff have really pulled together.”

The trust has asked if the community can take part in a special clap to say thank you to everyone who has helped the NHS respond to coronavirus with national applause on Sunday 5 July at 5 pm.