A SOUTHAMPTON MP has thrown his support behind a Daily Echo-backed campaign to raise money to support the NHS.

So far, a total of £33,129 has been raised by the public to support NHS staff who work at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS).

Now, Royston Smith MP for Southampton Itchen has backed the campaign to support frontline staff who have "put themselves in harm's way".

He said: “In a time of great challenge and hardship it is so uplifting to hear of such generosity for our excellent health workers.

"Support for the fantastic NHS frontline is well deserved particularly at a time when they are being asked to put themselves in harm’s way for our safety.”

The money has enable organisers to fund wellness packages with hand creams, food supplies and mental health support information.

They have also ordered coffee machines to be distributed across the hospital sites and are in the process of securing milk, refreshments and paper deliveries which is especially important now that many of the shops and restaurants have closed on site.

However, organisers still need iPads for the Occupational Health colleagues enabling them to do interactive sessions with staff whilst remaining off site.

They are also hoping to get tablets for UHS staff so that they can connect safely with loved ones at home whilst working long shifts or isolating themselves.

Campaign organisers have also identified a safe space for staff but the room needs remodelling in order to support their needs.

It forms part of the Daily Echo #ThereWithYou to support residents and commit to shine a light on unsung heroes in our community.

To donate visit www.southamptonhospitalscharity.org/NHSheroes or text NHSHEROES 3 to 70460 to donate £3; NHSHEROES 5 to 70460 to donate £5; NHSHEROES 10 to 70460 to donate £10.