Caring staff at hospital help the homeless at Christmas

Ward 24 at Blackpool Victoria Hospital are collecting items for Blackpool Food Bank to support the homeless during the Christmas period.

The idea came from Ward Manager, Helen Taylor, who wanted to try out a different idea with her team.

A Ward Assistant, Mel Young said: “All the staff have been bringing in food, toiletries, sanitary products, pet food and many items into the ward for us to do a collection.

“We normally do a secret Santa present idea in our team but decided to give back to our community rather than buy presents for each other.

“We want to help people who will be struggling over Christmas and we have all pulled together as a team to bring in bits from our own homes.

“It costs so little but can make a big difference to those who need what we are collecting.

“Christmas can be such a different time for families, the homeless and people who are lonely so we are doing our best to help our community.”

The team are looking for more items if people are wishing to donate to the ward. The deadline for donations will be December 22.

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