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Thanks to the #doublethepowerofhelp campaign, hospitals in Poland will receive over 5 million PLN!

More than 15 thousand people joined the charity fundraiser organised by Santander Bank Polska and the Santander Foundation to raise funds for the purchase of medical equipment and protective clothing necessary during the pandemic for 23 hospitals in Poland. Inaugurating the campaign, the bank donated PLN 2 million, and then doubled each amount paid by the donors.

The #doublethepowerofhelp campaign ended on April 30. Owing to the generosity of Santander Bank Polska’s clients and other donors, as well as the commitment of the bank itself and its employees, PLN 3,090,605.86 million was paid into a specially created Santander Foundation account.

At the photo: Anna Kaczmarek i Joanna Szczegielniak (Santander Bank Polska), Marzena Atkielska (Prezes Fundacji Santander Bank Polska), Andrzej Przybyło (Prezes firmy AB SA,) Arek Przybył (Wiceprezes Zarządu Santander Bank Polska), profesor nadzwyczajny Waldemar Goździk (Uniwersytecki Szpital Kliniczny we Wrocławiu).

We recorded over 15.5 thousand contributions. On average, one person donated about 100 PLN to the campaign, and one of the great donors donated as much as 20 thousand PLN at a time. We thank you for each zloty paid. We are happy with the effect that our campaign has brought. The general mobilization and sense of community are extremely important nowadays, and if we can do something good for others together, it is already a real success and a reason to be proud.

comments Marzena Atkielska, President of the Santander Bank Polska Foundation

The collected amount was added to the donation already made by the bank in the amount of PLN 2 million. To help the hospitals and thanks to that, funds will be transferred to selected hospitals throughout Poland to purchase, among others, masks, overalls, ventilators, oxygen pumps and other equipment necessary to save patients' health and lives during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The whole amount collected since the beginning of March, i.e. over PLN 5 million will be donated to 23 hospitals:

  1. Wojewódzki Szpital Specjalistyczny we Wrocławiu, ul. Koszarowa 5 (Regional Specialist Hospital in Wrocław)
  2. Zespół Opieki Zdrowotnej w Bolesławcu, ul. Jeleniogórska 4 (Healthcare Center in Bolesławiec)
  3. Samodzielny Publiczny Szpital Kliniczny nr 1 w Lublinie, ul. Staszica 16 (Independent Public Clinical Hospital No. 1 in Lublin)
  4. Samodzielny Publiczny Zakład Opieki Zdrowotnej w Puławach Bema 1 (Independent Public Health Care Centre in Puławy)
  5. Samodzielny Publiczny Szpital Uniwersytecki w Krakowie, ul. Kopernika 36 (Independent Public University Hospital in Cracow)
  6. Szpital Marynarki Wojennej z Przychodnią SP ZOZ im. kontradmirała prof. Wiesława Łasińskiego w Gdańsku, ul. Polanki 11 (Military Naval Hospital with an Outpatient Clinic in Gdańsk)
  7. Pomorskie Centrum Chorób Zakaźnych i Gruźlicy w Gdańsku, ul. Smoluchowskiego 18 (Pomeranian Centre for Infectious Diseases and Tuberculosis in Gdańsk)
  8. Ginekologiczno – Położniczy Szpital Kliniczny UM w Poznaniu, ul. Polna 33 (Gynaecological and Obstetrician Clinical Hospital of the Poznań Medical University)
  9. Centralny Szpital Kliniczny MSWiA w Warszawie, ul. Wołowska 137 (Central Clinical Hospital of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Warsaw)
  10. Wielospecjalistyczny Szpital Miejski w Poznaniu, ul. Szwajcarska 3 (Multi-specialist Municipal Hospital in Poznań)
  11. Wojskowy Instytut Medyczny w Warszawie, ul. Szaserów 128 (Military Medical Institute in Warsaw)
  12. Uniwersytecki Szpital Kliniczny we Wrocławiu, ul. Borowska 213 (University Clinical Hospital in Wrocław)
  13. Kliniczny Szpital Wojewódzki nr 2 im. Świętej Jadwigi Królowej w Rzeszowie, ul. Lwowska 60 (Regional Clinical Hospital No. 2 in Rzeszów)
  14. Szpital Specjalistyczny im. Edmunda Biernackiego w Mielcu, ul. Żeromskiego 22 (Edmund Biernacki Specialist Hospital in Mielec)
  15. Powiatowy Zakład Opieki Zdrowotnej w Starachowicach, ul. Radomska 70 (County Healthcare Centre in Starachowice)
  16. Zespół Zakładów Opieki Zdrowotnej w Cieszynie, ul. Bielska 4 (Complex of Healthcare Facilities in Cieszyn)
  17. SP ZOZ MSWiA w Białymstoku, ul. Fabryczna 27 (Independent Public Healthcare Center of the Ministry of Interior and Administration in Białystok)
  18. Miejski Szpital Zespolony im. Mikołaja Kopernika w Olsztynie, ul. Niepodległości 44 (Nicolaus Copernicus Municipal Hospital in Olsztyn)
  19. Samodzielny Publiczny Szpital Kliniczny Nr 2 PUM w Szczecinie, ul. Powstańców Wielkopolskich 72 (Independent Public Clinical Hospital No 2 of the Medical University in Szczecin)
  20. Wojewódzki Szpital Zespolony-Szpital Obserwacyjno-Zakaźny w Toruniu, ul. Z. Krasińskiego 4/4a (Provincial Infectious Diseases Hospital in Toruń)
  21. Samodzielny Publiczny Wojewódzki Szpital Zespolony w Szczecinie, ul. Arkońska 4 (Independent Public Provincial Hospital Complex in Szczecin)
  22. Szpital Wojewódzki im. Kardynała Stefana Wyszyńskiego w Łomży, Al. Marszałka. Józefa Piłsudskiego 11 (Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński Provincial Hospital in Łomża)
  23. Wojewódzki Specjalistyczny Szpital im. dra Wł. Biegańskiego w Łodzi, ul. Gen. Kniaziewicza 1/5 (Dr Biegański Regional Specialist Hospital in Łódź)

The first equipment purchased from the money raised has already reached the hospitals. Santander Bank Polska responded to an urgent call for help from the University Clinical Hospital in Wrocław, and already, three top-class ventilators were handed over to the hospital director. Arkadiusz Przybył, Vice President of Santander Bank Polska, participated in their official handover. The ventilators donated by the bank will become a part of the equipment of the newly created sub-ward within the Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care Unit of the University Clinical Hospital in Wrocław.The sub-ward will secure the needs of the region with regard to the treatment of patients with acute respiratory failure caused by the SARS-CoV2 virus.

I would like to express my sincere thanks to everyone who joined our campaign. Our customers, employees and friends have big hearts. Thanks to their sensitivity and power of cooperation, with our additional support, we have raised funds for the purchase of necessary gear and equipment for emergency departments of hospitals. I am proud that together we are helping the heroes of the present days – doctors, nurses, paramedics and the entire medical staff.

said Arkadiusz Przybył, Vice-President of the Management Board of Santander Bank Polska

The new Ambassador of Santander Bank Polska, Marcin Dorociński, also thanked the donors for their involvement in the campaign in a short video.:

However, this is not the end of Santander Bank Polska’s and the Santander Foundation’s involvement in aid actions. All over Poland, for over a month, volunteers of the foundation have been sewing masks, which are successively distributed to hospitals, medical facilities and employees of bank branches who have direct contact with customers. The Santander Foundation bought materials (cotton, interlining, elastic band) necessary to sew over 13 thousand masks. They were sent, among others, to the Public Hospital in Kępno, the Provincial Hospital in Poznań, the „Swoboda” Family Support Center in Poznań and to the students of the University of the Third Age at MOKSiAL in Szklarska Poreba.

More masks are being made all the time for delivery to institutions in need all over Poland. In addition, the Foundation purchased 2 washer-driers, which were donated to paramedics in Radzionków and Krotoszyn.