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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 appreciated.

"The food donations will go towards helping us prepare and serve somewhere in the region of 80,000 meals across our services this year."

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 hospital