#Give4jab appeal by Fenland man to help boost NHS Charities
A March engineer and his wife are urging people to donate £3 to the NHS when they have the Covid-19 vaccine.
Paul Tickner, known to his mates as Jimmy, came up with the idea after chatting with this wife Claire, and is hoping the initiative will raise hundreds of pounds for the NHS Charities Together.
Jimmy, of Knights End Road, is an engineering manager at stainless steel engineering specialist 316 Engineering in Peterborough and he has persuaded his firm to donate at least £3 for every one of the 40-strong workforce who donates to the cause.
At 53, Jimmy is in group nine for the vaccine, meaning he has a little wait before he will get his jab.
But he said: "The vaccine is the thing everyone has been waiting for, it is amazing how fast they have managed to get one. It will save so many lives, and I know most people are really keen to have it - I know I am when my turn comes.
"Claire and I were discussing this over Christmas and working out how we might be able to help the NHS as a thank-you for the amazing job they are doing and we came up with the idea to set up a Facebook charity page for the NHS.
"We figured that most people would pay for the vaccine if they could, so wouldn’t it be good if we created an easy way to raise some crucial funds for our heroes? It doesn’t matter what you contribute, even £3 makes a massive difference. I believe the Oxford/Astrazeneca vaccine costs £3 a dose, so it would be great if people could donate that amount.
"We hoped to raise £150 but we've already done that so now we're aiming a little higher at £500. Fingers crossed we can get there as it is a great cause - who knows may be it will catch on nationally."
Paul has set up a dedicated Facebook fundraiser page which links up with NHS Charities Together and you can find it by searching #Give4jab.
Committed to helping the NHS, NHS Charities Together is the national collective voice for over 240 of NHS Charities in the UK. NHS charities are the legal way that the NHS receives, holds and spends charitable funds and they give £1million a day to the NHS.
316 Engineering’s general manager Michael Donachie has pledged to support Paul’s efforts, with the business backing his campaign by promising the £3 donation for every employee.
Michael said: "We all think this is a great idea from Paul, or 'Jimmy' as we know him best. We’re going to see what we can do to help raise awareness of the campaign because it could make a real impact for so many people.
"Hats off to Paul and Claire for not only coming up with the idea but making everything happen so quickly. I’m confident that they will raise a lot more than they perhaps initially thought was possible and the 316 Engineering team is really proud of both of them."