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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 food bank."

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 HARP.

"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."