Spreading the love for the NHS this Valentine’s Day


The Rotherham Hospital and Community Charity helped to spread the love on Valentine’s Day by treating staff to chocolate cupcakes and a cuppa.

To help boost morale amongst staff at The Rotherham NHS Foundation Trust this February, the charity funded free hot chocolate, coffee and cupcakes to dedicated staff working at five community sites and at Rotherham Hospital.

Barista Jim Cooper from The Proper Coffee Van served up more than 800 hot drinks during the two-day event and 1,300 cupcakes and heart-shaped biscuits from ISS and Brooks Bakery, Sheffield, were delivered to NHS colleagues. Thanks to Morrisons at Catcliffe, some lucky staff also received mini bouquets of flowers.

Suzanne Rutter, Charity Engagement and Development Manager, said: “Valentine’s Day is usually associated with greetings cards, romantic getaways and grand declarations. But we know the way to the hearts of our NHS colleagues is something much more simple, which is why we offered free sweet treats and hot drinks.

“We wanted to help boost morale, to thank staff and show them we really care about them. There was smiles all round and it was a great way to invest some of the funds raised during the Covid-19 pandemic for our Rotherham NHS Superheroes appeal.”

The charity also hosted a Valentine’s Day themed raffle for staff, with top prizes including a visit to The View from the Shard and lunch for two at Gordon Ramsay’s Savoy Grill in London, afternoon tea at Wentworth Garden Centre, adventure cinema tickets and brownies from Boos Bakes. The raffle raised more than £500.