Generous NHS staff give back to community

STAFF on a ward at Blackpool Victoria Hospital have donated goods to a Fylde coast food bank as a way of thanking the community for their support

NHS staff have received so many kind donations of members of the public who are so grateful for their efforts during the Covid-19 pandemic and have been sending lots of thank you messages and sending in treats to the staff.

Staff on Ward 23 wanted to pay back that generosity with Rachel Limerick, Ward Manager, saying: “We decided to carry out a food bank drive because our community has done nothing but support the NHS.

“We have been overwhelmed with well wishes, gifts and donations from the general public, relatives and patients.

“During these difficult times, staff are aware there are those in our community who require support from food banks, due to a number of reasons.

“We decided collectively that we would donate food to the Blackpool Food Bank as it supports our vulnerable adults, our older population and local families.

“We thank the community for supporting the ward, Trust and the NHS as a whole and thank the community for adhering to staying at home so that we can support and care for our patients here within the ward.”

Helen Smith, Blackpool Food Bank manager, added: “We were delighted to receive the very kind donation from Ward 23 of several bags of tinned food, cereal, toiletries and cleaning products.

“It is humbling that even when staff are putting their lives on the line to do their job they are still looking to serve others in the wider community.

“We could not do what we do without people like hospital staff doing what they do and it is truly appreciated.

“Unlike in their day job, you will not get a thank you from any of the beneficiaries of your kindness, so on behalf of them and all of us here at Blackpool Food Bank, we salute you, we will be clapping for you and we thank you for you generous heart.”

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