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Hospital helps HARP this winter

23 December 2016

Health Care

Following the success of its previous annual food banks, Southend University Hospital is once again working with Southend-based charity HARP to collect food for the homeless this winter.

HARP (Homeless Action Resource Project) runs several assistance programmes to provide essential services such as emergency housing. The charity operates a day centre and night shelter, has a number of hostels across the town and offers cooking and budgeting courses - all with the aim of reducing homelessness, enabling people to rebuild their lives and return to independent living.

HARP Community Fundraiser, Lisa Walton said: "This is the fourth year the hospital has run a winter food bank for HARP and we are so grateful to the staff for their generous donations.The food they have collected will be used to supply hot meals and food parcels to those in need over the winter months.

"We're lucky enough to get a huge amount of support from the local community including the hospital, and this allows us to continue to provide a wide range of services and facilities for local homeless people."

Picture: HARP Community Fundraiser, Lisa Walton with Project Worker, Prakash Shah at Southend University Hospital collecting items donated by hospital staff.