HARP and hospital join forces this winter
27 November 2012
Southend University Hospital has teamed up with Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP) to collect food for the homeless.
As part of an environmental road show at the hospital that took
place last Friday, staff were encouraged to bring along food items
to donate to HARP.
Following the call, donations of non-perishable and long life
food items such as tins of soups and packets of pasta arrived in
abundance. The food will be used by the charity to supply hot meals
and food parcels to those in need over the coming winter
A total of 242 items were collected. Due to the success of the
appeal, the hospital has now decided to launch a month-long
campaign to encourage staff to keep donating.
Former hospital employee, Tony Dunn, who now volunteers for
HARP, thinks the idea is a fantastic one. "If every member of staff
gave one item, that's 4300 little Christmas presents to
HARP is a Southend-based charity that runs several 'help the
homeless' programmes. It operates a day centre and night shelter,
has a number of hostels across the town and offers cooking and
budgeting courses - all with the aim of getting rough sleepers off
the streets for good.
The driving force behind the environmental road show was to
promote the hospital's 'big switch off' which takes place today
(Tuesday 27 November). Manoj Chohan, energy manager at the
hospital, is on a mission to reduce the Trust's energy bill, one
off switch at a time.
He's encouraging staff to do their bit by switching off all
electrical appliances before they leave their workspace to see how
much can be saved. Manoj said: "Last year's day saved the
equivalent of £47,000 or 256 tonnes of CO2 emissions; we're hoping
to save even more this year."