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Southend University Hospital food bank for HARP

06 January 2014


Southend University Hospital continues to help Homeless Action Resource Project (HARP) collect food for the homeless.

The hospital held their annual food bank over the Christmas period. In total, 1210 items were collected. A 60% increase from last year.

The food will be used by the charity to supply hot meals and food parcels to those in need over the winter months.

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, volunteer manager at HARP said: "The staff collected a staggering amount. This food will make a real difference to Southend's homeless over the winter period."

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."