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
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
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
"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."