Lorraine Kelly reveals she has signed up as an NHS volunteer on Dan Wootton’s TalkRadio drivetime show – The Sun
LORRAINE Kelly HAS revealed she was one of nearly half a million Brits to sign up as an NHS volunteer.
Speaking on Dan Wootton's TalkRadio drivetime show, the ITV host admitted that although she didn't think she was "very practical" she can talk and listen, making her perfect for anyone who may be struggling.
"You know me I am not very practical but having said that I can talk a lot as you know," she said.
"It would be a good thing, if anyone is feeling low or just wants someone to talk to or more important, just someone to listen, I can do that.
"We can all be at the end of the phone."
The 60-year-old added: "I know there is negativity but I really believe the vast, overwhelming majority of people are decent good people who just want to help."
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As the coronavirus continues to spread across the UK, the NHS is calling for volunteers to help combat the disease.
People over the age of 18 who are in good health are being asked to volunteer in the fight against coronavirus.
Those who volunteer must show no signs of symptoms of the coronavirus, which includes fever and a dry persistent cough; they also must be able to pass an enhanced DBS check.
Volunteers are being asked to sign up online.
What can I volunteer for?
According to the NHS, volunteers can contribute in four different roles.
They can help by becoming community response volunteers, which includes delivering medicines from pharmacies for people who are self isolating.
Patient transport volunteers will help the NHS by transporting patients who have been declared fit and discharged back home from hospital.
Transport volunteers role will include transporting health equipment and medical supplies between NHS sites.
Chat and check in volunteers will help the elderly and and vulnerable people by providing support calls to help the risk of loneliness.
When available, volunteers can switch on an "on duty" button via the GoodSAM app.
So far over 400,000 have signed up to volunteer.
Health secretary Matt Hancock said: "In these extraordinary times, it's essential that we all pull together as part of the national effort to protect the most vulnerable, reduce pressures on our NHS and care system and save lives."
He went on to say the help of volunteers will go on to make a "real difference" to people who have been mostly affected by the outbreak of COVID-19.
NHS director of primary care, Nikki Kanani said coronavirus being the biggest challenge the NHS has ever faced is why "we are rallying the troops and telling the public: your NHS needs you."
Volunteers can sign up here.
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