THE children of NHS staff have been thanked for doing their bit to help during the coronavirus crisis.

Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust chief executive Dr Bruno Holthof has written a letter for staff to download and write in their own child's name.

It tells them 'you might not realise it, but you're a really important part of our team because your love and support is helping them get through a really tough time when they come to work'.

Florian Stoermer, a divisional nurse at the trust which runs the John Radcliffe, presented the letter to his two children this week.

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He said: “When I read the email from Bruno and the letter I felt valued and a little emotional.

"I got one of my colleagues to write my children’s name and mine on the letter and put it in an envelope so the kids know it’s not from me.”

He said his children loved the letter, with his nine-year-old son Fabian saying ‘Daddy that just made my day. Thank you’ and his daughter Evie, aged 11, giving him a big hug.

The nurse added: “Our families were the rocks for so many of us and they had to cope with lockdown and the pressure and stress key workers has during these times.

"My kids were amazing as both my wife and I work for the NHS and tried to do our bit."