With NHS staff across the country urgently in need of PPE, former jukebox manufacturer Simon Wilson has donated half a million pounds to the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust in order to support its local hospital.
The CEO of Intouch Games has announced he will donate £500,000 to the Dudley Group NHS Foundation Trust, which runs Russells Hall Hospital, to support frontline staff during the Coronavirus crisis.
Simon Wilson, who founded the online gaming firm with his wife in 2001, has also promised to detail 300 of his programming team to support programming services and tech development at the trust.
“This current crisis is unprecedented; but it’s during these times that we really need to step in and support our National Health Service,” Wilson told the Halesowen News.
“The staff of Russells Hall Hospital have been there for my family for generations. It’s our chance to be there for them; in any way we can, during this difficult time.”
Wilson and his wife Caroline started Intouch Games from a small premises in Stourbridge 19 years ago, manufacturing jukeboxes and slot machines for the UK pub industry.
The company, now headquartered in Halesowen, currently employs 400 staff members, with a further 50 staff in Romania, and 50 in Taiwan, and reaches more than five million players in the UK.
“We are delighted that Simon has made the decision to support The Dudley Group in this way,” said Dame Yve Buckland, chair of the trust. “It is such a generous donation and we will ensure it is put to good use.”
The money will be focused toward providing essential PPE for frontline NHS staff, as well as additional equipment designed to protect those caring for Coronavirus patients.
“This is a fantastic donation and we will engage our clinical teams in deciding what equipment they need the most to ensure the money is put to best use for staff and patients,” said trust CEO Diane Wake.
“We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of our local communities and this is a great addition to the kind fundraising, well wishes and donations we have received.”