Southend Hospital take HARP to heart
09 February 2015
Staff at Southend Hospital amassed an amazing 1, 400 items for HARP, the Southend homeless charity which meant plenty of heaving carrier bags and boxes for its volunteer manager, Tony Dunn, to collect.
Not that he was complaining as the giant haul equals the
impressive stash of food items collected from us last year.
Tony, who is also an active hospital governor, said: "A big
thanks to all those who donated goods to help build up our winter
food bank. I have written to all the wards and departments who
listed a donation to thank them individually. This is the third
year the hospital has helped this way and it's much
"The food donations will go towards helping us prepare and serve
somewhere in the region of 80,000 meals across our services this
HARP housed up to 100 people at any one time in its own
accommodation (12 houses located in Southend and Westcliff). Its
open access Day Centre in York Road will receive around 14,000
visits this year from people looking for help in one form or
another from the basics such as a change of clothes or a meal to
expert advice on a variety of housing/benefits matters.
Tony added: "Put simply, HARP could not provide the range of
support it offers without the fantastic support we get from the
community and Southend Hospital's ongoing commitment to helping us
is really appreciated."
Having equalled last year's total, the race is now on to topple
the 1,400 tower in 2015.
Image: Tony Dunn with part of the collection from the