Southend University Hospital extend their food bank for HARP
10 January 2013
Southend University Hospital continues to help Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP) collect food for the homeless.
After the success of a recent food bank held as part of an
environmental road show in November, the hospital decided to extend
the appeal throughout December.
In total, 620 items were collected. The food will be used by the
charity to supply hot meals and food parcels to those in need over
the winter months.
Throughout the month staff members volunteered as 'HARP
champions,' to promote the appeal within their various business
divisions and departments. The 'champions' encouraged team members
to donate non-perishable and long life food items such as tins of
soups and packets of pasta.
Tony Dunn, who volunteers for HARP and collected the hospital's
donation on behalf of the charity, said: "The food made a fantastic
Christmas present. I would like to thank everyone at Southend
Hospital who donated items; this will really help swell our winter
Jacqueline Totterdell, chief executive of Southend University
Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: "I am delighted that our staff
responded so magnificently to the appeal for food items to help
"As an organisation our values areEverybody Matters, Everything
Counts and Everyone's Responsible,so it is heartening that those
values can extend beyond our hospital and into helping the local
community through a donation such as this."