Hospital staff make bumper delivery to Grantham Foodbank
Generous staff at Grantham Hospital have donated 600 kilos of food and essentials to Grantham Foodbank, just in time for the festive period.
Throughout December, staff collected essential food items as part of a reverse Advent calender, a simple concept that encourages the public to give, not receive, as they count down to Christmas.
Departments across the hospital, including medical records, outpatients and ward 6, collected food and items to put in hampers, as well as a variety of Christmas goodies.
It was then the job of the hospital porters to collect all the donations from each department.
They collected so much stock that it took five Land Rovers from the Grantham Land Rover Association to help deliver it all to the foodbank, in Greyfriars, on Wednesday.
Patient experience and PALS manager - and ‘chief elf’ - Sharon Kidd helped organise and co-ordinate the collection at Grantham Hospital.
She said: “We knew that the foodbank would receive many donations for Christmas but we wanted to deliver our hampers slightly later so they would have enough stock for after Christmas too.
“Everyone has been so generous. Clerical officers Zillah Rhodes and Colleen King from the medical records team were the driving force behind their team and managed to collect an amazing 16 very large boxes of donations.
“I filled up three bags from Aldi on Tuesday for my own personal contribution.”
Foodbank co-ordinator Brian Hanbury was delighted with the donation.
He said: “Wednesday was a bumper morning. The hospital and Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust teams delivered over 600kg of food that will provide another 400 meals. What a blessing they all are.
“We have a ‘paying it forward’ community across Grantham, those that look beyond themselves, and I give thanks for this.”
Hospital staff also donated 200 Advent calenders to the foodbank in November.
Teams that took part in the collections included; medical records, Kingfisher unit, procurement, patient experience, respiratory nurses, colorectal nurses, medical physics, ward 1, ward 2, the emergency assessment unit, ward 6, day ward, pre-assessment, physiotherapy, gynaecology team, outpatients and porters.
Meanwhile, Moy Park in Grantham presented the foodbank with 75 meat vouchers and seven turkeys on Wednesday.